With family holidays coming up, you may be planning a road trip to some of your favorite destinations in the country. You may be considering a motorhome rental to use both as your vehicle and place to stay while on the road. Traveling in motorhomes with your family is a great idea as you can guarantee comfort and flexibility while on a road trip.
Of course, you don’t want to just choose the first one that comes your way. There are things to consider when traveling with children and the following tips will help you to pick a rental that will make your trip an enjoyable one:
- Consider your kids’ needs when choosing a motorhome. Some families have children who may be find bunking up in a bed together during a road trip, whereas others may have kids who can’t stand sleeping with their sibling. You will want to consider bed-to-people ratio when “shopping.” Make sure to keep this in mind when browsing—there could be nothing worse than having your kids wake you up at night because “so-and-so is kicking me!!!”
- Do you plan to do a lot of “in-house cooking” while on the road? If you plan to do a lot of eating in while on the road and cooking full meals in the motorhome, you will want to choose one with a great kitchen. You will want a nice fridge with plenty of space, a stove with plenty of burners that work well, and a sink that is big enough for washing all those dishes. If you plan to eat out more, then a smaller, simpler kitchen should be just fine.
- What time of the year is it and where are you headed? A winter road trip may seem amazing when you put winter wonderlands on the map, but, pause before signing for a motorhome rental. You want to find one with a great heating system. It won’t be very much fun to try to spend the night at a fabulous snow-covered ski destination if you can’t stay warm. On the flip side, summer time road trips are better with air conditioning. Make sure to rent a motorhome with working heating and A/C units.
- Consider the bathroom. If you’re traveling with the kids, you may not realize how important it is to have a full bathroom in your motorhome rental. From potty breaks to bath time, bathroom time in a tiny RV restroom is no fun at all. Choose an option with a full bathroom. While campgrounds will have restroom amenities, if you’re willing to spend a little extra, it’s always more comfortable to use your RV’s.
- How much fuel are you will to pay for? Of course, you may want to find a large motorhome that can provide all the luxury and comfort that you could want for traveling comfortably with kids. Yet the larger that the motorhome is, the more money you will have to dish out for fuel. If you’re traveling on a budget, avoid spending too much and find one that allows for comfort but maybe isn’t as large as you could wish.
- Make sure to choose one that has had no problems and is up-to-standard. Traveling with children can be a memorable experience, but you want to avoid it being a dramatic experience. Breakdowns and vehicle issues can put a wrench in your road-trip plans, so make sure to check out the quality of the rental that you are hoping to take. Make it a happy memory, not a stressful one.
- What kind do you want? Do you want to pull a trailer that you can set up and sleep in while on the road or is an RV a much simpler way of traveling with kids for you? It’s important to consider how much effort you’re willing to put into hookups, campgrounds, etc. With motorhomes ranging from Class A to Class C, it’s important to understand which one can better suit your needs before shopping.
- Is an entertainment system a must? As much as you will spend time in the great outdoors with your kids, there will be times when you want to relax and letting them watch some of their favorite films on the road can be one way to ensure that everyone is happy when the adventure gets to be “too much.” Some more modern RVs may have great sound systems and set-ups for easy viewing.
Traveling in a motorhome rental with your children can be something that they remember for years to come. It can be the best trip of their lives and you want to make it special. Family road trips while they’re young can be a great way to instill love for travel in them. Take your time to choose the mtoorhme that you want to travel in.