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Planning a Multi-Generational RV Trip

Multi-Generational RV Trips Planning Tips
Christine Ellis
Christine Ellis
July 16, 2021

Planning a multi-generational RV trip is exciting, but are you ready to find campgrounds and organize outings that will appeal to all age groups?

The most memorable RV vacations are with family, and you want everyone to have a fun and relaxing time. To help you create the best multi-generational camping trip, try out these tips from the experts on which RVs, locations, and activities will appeal to kids, adults, and grandparents equally.

5 Tips for Planning a Multi-Generational RV Trip

1. Have a Family Meeting‍

Family having a meeting

Before you start booking campsites, take the time to confer with all family members participating in the trip.

Create a list of each person's favorite activities and expectations for sightseeing while on the road.

Once you have a destination in mind, discuss the more personal details such as:

  1. Privacy concerns
  2. Rest time and sleep schedules
  3. Medical needs and food allergies
  4. Packing lists
  5. Budgeting
  6. RV campsite cooking and cleaning chores

As each person in your traveling party tells you what they require for personal comfort, what they plan to bring, and what they can contribute to the financing and upkeep, you can organize the trip even more.

Make groups for handling specific tasks during your trip, giving each person the space they need for personal belongings and a chance to relax.

This planning step is the most important one of all, so your family starts off the trip on the same page.

2. Pick the Right Destination‍

Map with three pins

If you're planning to stay at a single campground on your RV trip, pick a place that has enough activities to appeal to everyone.

The focus should lean more toward kid-friendly RV activities as they will have the most energy to burn and will appreciate a swimming pool, sports field, and organized activities like games or crafts.

Adults have a much easier time kicking back at a campsite chatting with family or camping neighbors but will also have more fun at an RV park that offers leisure sports like golf, pickleball, shuffleboard, fishing, or boating.

3. Travel in the Right RV‍

Having several generations in one RV can feel awkward, especially since very few offer two bedrooms so adults can sleep comfortably and have privacy.

Try to rent a larger RV with more sleeping areas to accommodate your group, or consider traveling in two separate campers and book neighboring campsites at your destination.

Taking separate campers is the ideal solution when grandparents want to sleep early, and kids are still bouncing off the walls, or for parents with young kids who want a quiet place for nap times during the day.

You can also choose a campground that offers cabins, so you can spread out once you arrive.

4. Explain to Kids What Behavior You Expect‍

Kids in an RV

Kids, especially those that haven't seen grandma and grandpa for a while, may get frustrated when older adults can't hear them well or can't keep pace on outings.

Before your trip, take time to discuss any physical limitations of your group members and explain how you expect your kids to handle possible scenarios so feelings don't get hurt.

‍5. Plan Meals‍

A family trip is about spending time together, but mealtime can get hectic without a plan for each day.

The best advice is to form cooking squads that rotate for meals and let them plan the menu. Then, have another group handle the cleanup, so the whole family works as a team.

You can also hit nearby restaurants to give everyone a break every couple of days and try different local foods.

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