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The Ultimate Guide to a Memorable RV Family Trip this Spring Break

January 11, 2024

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Hey there, fellow parents! If you're gearing up for a spring break adventure with your tribe, look no further. As a mom of 10 and an experienced RVer, I've got the lowdown on how to turn your RV family trip into an unforgettable experience.

four young boys sitting on a dock by the lake

Benefits of RV Family Trips

Flexibility and freedom

Picture this: no fixed schedules, no tight itineraries. That's the beauty of RV travel. You decide when to hit the road and when to pull over. With 10 kiddos in tow, flexibility is my secret sauce for a stress-free journey.

Cost-effectiveness

Budget-conscious parents, rejoice! RV trips can save you a pretty penny. Say goodbye to pricey hotels and restaurants. With your mobile home on wheels, you control the costs. Plus, cooking in your RV kitchen can be a family affair, making meals a breeze.

Bonding opportunities

RV life equals quality family time. From card games at the dining table to stargazing under an open sky, the bonding possibilities are endless. My crew has shared countless laughs around the campfire, creating memories that'll last a lifetime.

Educational experiences on the road

Who says learning only happens in a classroom? RV trips open up a world of educational opportunities. Turn history into a road trip lesson by visiting landmarks. Teach the kiddos about nature with a hike or a day at Salmon Lake Park.

Planning Your RV Trip

Choosing the right RV

Now, about the RV itself. For large families, space is crucial. We renovated a school bus to make sure each kiddo had their own cozy spot. If you don't own a camper, renting one is a fantastic option. At Salmon Lake Park (shameless plug) we also have cabins and tent camping available. You'll have to bring the tent of course.

Setting a budget

Money talk! Determine your budget early on. Break it down: fuel, food, campground fees, and activities. Pro tip: join RV clubs for discounts. It worked wonders for us. Saving money means more "do re mi" for ice cream, pit stops, and spontaneous adventures.

Creating an itinerary

Let's talk destinations. Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland, Texas is a gem. Grapeland offers small-town charm, and Salmon Lake Park is a hidden paradise. Map out your route, highlighting must-see spots. But leave room for the unexpected—some of our best memories happened off the beaten path.

green school

Family-Friendly Destinations

Grapeland, Texas

Grapeland stole our hearts with its friendly locals and old-school charm. Take the kids to the Grapeland Safari to see the animals, Mission Tejas State Park for a hike, or the Texas State Railroad for a four-hour, 25 mile rail 'journey through the Piney Woods of East Texas." It's a must!

Salmon Lake Park

Now, let me rave about Salmon Lake Park. The tranquility of the park is therapeutic. RV camping here is a treat. The kids can simply enjoy the great outdoors. Trust me, you won't want to leave.

RV Camping Tips

Campground selection

Choosing the right campground is crucial. Research family-friendly spots. Look for camps with fun things for everyone. Salmon Lake Park, for instance, offers full hookups (30/50 amp) and scenic views. We have volleyball, 9 square, Gaga Ball, a kids playground, and a swimming lake with a 75 foot water slide.

Packing essentials

Packing for a small army? Create a checklist. Don't forget the essentials: extra clothes, first aid kit, and, of course, marshmallow supplies for those campfire s'mores. Pack smart, so you're prepared for anything.

Road Trip Entertainment for Kids

Games and activities for the road

Road trips can be a blast with the right games. We love "I Spy" and license plate bingo. It keeps the kids entertained and makes the journey part of the adventure.

Tech-savvy options

Let's face it, screens are lifesavers. Load up on family-friendly apps and movies. Just set some screen time limits—we learned that the hard way. Balance is key.

Safety Considerations

RV maintenance checklist

Before hitting the road, give your RV a thorough once-over. Don't forget to grab your tools. Check tires, brakes, and all the nooks and crannies. Trust me; a breakdown on the road is no fun—been there, done that.

Once we were on the turnpike, a very long toll road with no stops. We got a flat in the middle of nowhere. No problem, David always has his tools and spare tires. Only this time, the spare was flat (it was hot), all the kids needed to pee, and I was approaching cranky.

Never fear when you are married to MacGyver, LOL. David managed to put the good flat on the trailer. Then he used the spare tire for the vehicle and a writing pen to fill the flat spare with air! I still have no idea how this worked, but it did. I'm sure if you flag him down in the park, he can explain it. But I recommend checking those tires before you leave.

Child safety on the road

Safety first, especially with a big brood. Ensure car seats are properly installed and meet regulations. Pack a first aid kit—better safe than sorry (am I repeating myself?).

Making Memories

Documenting the journey

Capture the moments! We love snapping photos and recording goofy videos. It's our way of freezing time and reliving the adventure. Create a travel journal with the kids—they'll cherish it.

Reflection on the importance of creating lasting memories

As a mom, I've learned that it's not about the destination but the journey. Embrace the hiccups, laugh at the unexpected, and savor every moment. These are the stories that become family legends.

Conclusion

There you have it—my ultimate guide to a fantastic RV family trip. Whether you're a seasoned RVer or a first-timer, spring break is the perfect time to hit the road with your crew. Embrace the adventure, make memories, and cherish the time spent together. Happy travels, fellow RV-loving parents!


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