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This past July we took our first ever RV road trip with our family. We had never traveled by RV before and we loved it! Such a fun experience and a safe way to travel in 2020. We drove 2,400 miles over 10 days and went from Los Angeles to Colorado and back. The drive was so beautiful and made it really fun.
We drove most days of our trip. Our longest drive day was 10+ hours from Zion National Park to Breckenridge, Colorado. Our shortest drive was 2 hours and on several days we had “no drive days” and spent time exploring. We wanted to make sure our girls (5 and 3) were entertained and had fun stuff to do to make the drive more enjoyable. We tried to leave as early as possible in the morning so they were in their car seats and sleepy during our first few driving hours. Then we would change out of PJs and brush teeth at our first gas stop. That helped us get a head start on our long drives.
Here are some tips and tricks for road trips with kids and items we used to make the trip more enjoyable. I hope they help you, too!
- Reusable Stickers – The girls love these sticker sets from Melissa & Doug. I was able to give them one to share during each long drive and it kept them entertained for at least an hour. Win in my book!
- Scavenger Hunt- Make a game out of the road. Look for things that are green, red, brown, numbers, letters, a trash truck, a police car, you name it. There are also fun Scavenger hunt card games for this like the ones we have on Amazon.
- Snacks – My kiddos love snacks, and they ask for them literally every five seconds. I made sure to have snacks ready where they have something new to munch on every hour. Prep them ahead of time and keep in an insulated thermal bag or ice chest and keep up front with you and allocate accordingly. I like cut up fruit, Cheerios (in these cups), string cheese, bagels with cream cheese, and packaged snacks like Clif Bar Z Bars, GoGoSqueez, and Annie’s Organic Crackers and Fruit Snacks.
- Road Trip Goodie Bags – Before we left I put together a bag filled with fun toys and surprises to give to the girls on our long drive day. I put them in a drawstring bag with their name on them. The bags each had a stuffy, binoculars and magnifying glass for exploring, reusable stickers, crayons, coloring book, snacks, and little surprise toys like Shopkins and LOL Surprises. These made them SO happy and they had so much fun playing with their stuffies (Sprinkles 1 and Sprinkles 2). These were definitely a highlight for them!
We had such a great time exploring and I highly recommend RV travel for anyone who is interested. I plan to write more about our trip soon so stay tuned!
Have you ever traveled in an RV? What is your best road trip tip? Share with me in the comments below!