Family holidays, there’s nothing like them, is there? Fun, sun, a few tantrums every now and then (inevitable), but at the end of the day, they’re still the best way to make unforgettable memories.
If you’ve ever piled your entire family into a campervan for a holiday, you’ll understand that the idea of having a “perfect” time is more often than not very far from the truth. However, it doesn’t actually have to be that way.
After all, holidays are for relaxing, making memories, recuperating and of course, enjoying the time with your loved ones.
Want to know the key to a “successful” family campervan trip? It’s all in the preparation! If you prepare thoroughly, and correctly, no doubt your whole family will have a fantastic, unforgettable time.
1. Maps are Out, Tech is In: Use it to Plan Your Journey.
Another inevitable thing, especially in these modern times, is the need for tech. Cumbersome maps are now a thing of the past - for most of us, anyway. And although there is something wonderful about the tangible aesthetic of using an actual paper map, they’re no help when it comes to road diversions, traffic or general travel updates.
Not to mention, not relying on a paper map usually results in fewer arguments overall. Instead, you can use Google Maps on your smartphone, which will ensure you arrive at your destination with plenty of time to begin relaxing. (just remember to bring your charger!)
2. Games, Books and Toys.
Holidays may be a good excuse for everyone to enjoy spending time with each other, but we all know how much entertaining kids need on a daily basis. Sure, they love you, and you love them, but sometimes it’s both for best parties to have a little “time away” from each other too.
With this in mind, make sure you pack plenty of toys, books and various kinds of games to keep them preoccupied during those times when maybe all the “family time” is getting a little too much.
3. Create a Scrapbook!
Once again, thanks to advanced technology and the readiness of our smartphones, it’s never been easier to capture a memory instantly. However, wouldn’t it be nice to also introduce some more traditional forms of image capturing into your family retreat?
Take a scrapbook with you and take turns with all your family members recording their own notes, drawings, and if you can fork out for a polaroid camera, instant images during your holiday!
4. Pick the site that suits your needs most.
This is probably mistake number 1 when it comes to campervanning with your family: the rush of booking somewhere last-minute without actually doing much research, and choosing the wrong place (or places to set up)
Set aside a good chunk of time to do some thorough research before setting off, so you don’t encounter any nasty surprises when you get there.