Now that summer is here, it is the perfect time to pack up the whole family and head for the open road in your ‘home on wheels’! Your itinerary is completely up to you and you can make huge savings on accommodation. There are a few things you should keep in mind, however, to make sure that your family trip is enjoyable for all, adults and kids alike. Here are some top tips for a successful campervan holiday with the family!
1. Make a plan
One of the benefits of having a campervan, is that you can be more spontaneous – if you feel like making a day trip out somewhere along your route, you can! It is a good idea, though, to make at least a basic plan of your route, so that you have an idea of how much distance you need to cover each day, for example. It is also important to investigate booking camping sites or parking spaces for your campervan, as these are in high demand during the summer.
2. Do your campsite research
When travelling with children, you may wish to find family-friendly camping sites that will have other holidaying families. Not only are other families likely to be more understanding neighbours, but the kids are bound to find others to play with, which always makes for a great vacation. And, it is well known that happy kids usually make for happy parents, too!
3. Be clever when it comes to packing
Think about what your family really needs when on holiday and which items are luxury and could be left at home. Know your campervan and make use of all the nooks and crannies for storage. If you plan to sometimes stop-over on a well-equipped campsite, make use of the washing facilities there, reducing the amount of clothes you need to bring. And, as you know, wellies, crocs or flipflops suit rain or shine!
4. Prepare for some long drives
Try to plan for, and around, the children so that driving can be a pleasant experience for all. Have lots of entertainment available at all times. It may also be good to try to limit the amount of long drives as much as possible – longer stops at a destination and less driving make for a more memorable holiday.
5. Be flexible and try to relax
If something does not go according to plan, don’t panic! An unexpected turn can also take you somewhere new and exciting. If the weather doesn’t quite turn out the way you’d hoped, make the most of it with some great indoor activities. And as a general tip, choose a destination that has something for everyone! Most of all, remember to just take some time, sit back and relax.