RVing with kids can be one of the best experiences you can have. It can also be a challenge.
Kids don’t always have the best time traveling for hours on end, and sometimes it’s necessary to drive a long, long way before you get to your destination.
That’s why you need to make sure your kids stay entertained while on the road. Here are some ways that you can keep your kiddos entertained.
Movies are a great option. Many minivans and SUVs already have DVD players installed, which means you could be already set up for watching good movies on the road. If that’s not the case, a laptop with a mobile hotspot can do the trick to get Netflix, or your kiddos can watch on a smartphone.
If you want to stay pretty low tech and away from streaming services or downloading full movies, you can get a portable DVD player with its own screen very affordably. If you’re in a motorhome, you should be able to just use the TV that’s already in your rig. With so many ways to watch movies on the road, you should be able to find one that works for you.
Smartphone Apps and Video Games
There are plenty of smartphone apps that are fun and you can always download games to your phone. Some of these apps and games are even educational.
You can also focus on getting your kid a portable game console like a Nintendo Switch Lite, Nintendo 3DS XL, or a PlayStation Vita. All of these consoles have more games available to them than your kids could hope to play through on the road.
Audiobooks and Podcasts
If you want something more educational, consider audiobooks and podcasts. You can go with a fictional audiobook or podcast or make a point of going with something that’s really educational.
I prefer fictional stories, but some of the more education programs are also very entertaining. You can even go with an RV-focused podcast if you want!
If you’re not a fan of your kids using technology for hours on end or you want to do something interactive, consider coming up with a game for them to play. Common choices include I Spy, 20 Questions, the license plate game (you see how many different state license plates you can see), and Road Trip Bingo.
If you’re unfamiliar with Road Trip Bingo, you come up with items you can include on a bingo board that you’ll see along the way and then give everyone a Bingo board. As they spot the things along the way they mark them off to win. Candy or gum can make a good and simple prize while on the road.
Plan Smart Pit Stops
Your pit stops can become part of the overall trip and be a way to keep your kiddos entertained along the way.
Map out your route ahead of time and then find interesting of stop-worthy pit stops along the way. Plan to get food, gas, and do something fun at each place, and your kids will have no issue staying happy and entertained along the way.
Do you have any suggestions? Leave a comment below!
What? Nobody plays the Slug Bug game any more? Sheesh. 🙂
Definitely, one that I still play, Jim!