Road trips are an excellent way to bond with your family and make memories that will last you a lifetime. However, traveling with kids can be very challenging, especially if you are not prepared well.
Moreover, traveling with children requires a great deal of patience, which comes easier if you are prepared for anything that your kids throw your way during a camping trip. We have compiled a list of items and useful tips to help you gather everything you need in your camper trailer for traveling with kids.
An Emergency First Aid Kit
Camper owners who take frequent trips know how important it is to carry a medical kit in your camper trailer. It is quite inevitable that someone gets a minor injury, especially when traveling with kids.
Even though you shouldn’t make a big deal about your kids’ injuries because scraped knees and bloody elbows are an essential part of childhood, you must have everything to deal with such injuries.
Your travel medical kit needs to be a little more stocked than a regular first aid kit. Your medical kit should have regular use ointments, antiseptic spray, bandages, tape, anti-allergy medication, and other everyday medicines. However, make sure to keep things that will help distract your kid when getting their wounded tended to.
A great way to do this is to have art essentials or fun items like a kazoo and medical essentials to keep them occupied while you clean and bandage their wounds. Instead of buying a medical kit, you can easily DIY one at home and save money.
Your camper trailer will essentially be your home for the next few days, so you need all everyday items. The best strategy is to make a list of everything you will need because it is better not to take any chances when traveling with kids.
You can tick things off your checklist before leaving to make sure you don’t leave anything important behind. So, storage space will help you organize all your essentials in one place and make it easier to find things when needed on the trip.
Here’s a list of things you may want to pack in your storage organizer.
- Paper plates, trays, and disposable cutlery
- Plastic bags: these will come in handy when you need to discard broken items, keep dirty clothes separate, keep small objects away from water or direct sunlight
- Trash bags: it is important not to litter during your camping trip, so keeping trash bags will help you minimize your footprint and instill good values in your kids
- Some sturdy bowls: Plastic bowls are great for camper trailers because they are lightweight and don’t break easily, unlike ceramic ones. You can safely serve salads and other foods to children in plastic bowls.
- Bucket: you might require drinking water from the stream, so a bucket will definitely come in handy to carry water
- Tupperware and bottles: You will need these to store leftover food and drinks, so they stay fresh
- Toiletries: Make sure to pack your essentials, like toilet paper, soap, sunscreen, toothpaste, and toothbrushes
This is extremely important if you plan on hiking or trekking during your trip. Packing the right footwear will help you avoid injuries, strain, and unwanted infections. Make sure you take shoes with a stable sole made for trekking.
Flip flops are also important to pack because wearing shoes inside the camper trailer is very inconvenient. Your feet also need to breathe, so keeping flip-flops is essential.
Lamps And Flashlights
Camping nights are always fun when you can sit around a bonfire with your family and roast marshmallows. However, a camp side bonfire is not enough to illuminate the area adequately.
You will need flashlights to go to the bathroom, look for things and explore the area at night. Especially with kids who tend to misplace things like slippers, it is important to have headlamps or flashlights.
Food And Drinks
Keeping everyone’s appetite satiated is a hard job when traveling with family. We believe in light packing, but you must not compromise on kitchenware. Campside steaks and burgers are the perfect meal for camping, so make sure to keep a cast iron skillet, a hot plate for your trailer, and other appliances.
You can also keep items for quick meals, like small cartons of milk, cereals, granola bars, and chocolates. Portable snacks like biscuits and trail mix are great for munching. Don’t forget to pack coffee and tea because trust us; you will need caffeine to get through a road trip with kids.
You look for camping-friendly coffee pots and travel mugs to make this more convenient.
Having these items will ensure that you can enjoy your trip while being safe and prepared for any unforeseen circumstances. Don’t forget to keep things for entertainment as well because kids tend to get bored and agitated during traveling. If your RV is spacious enough, you can have board games, cards, and even a twister board.