More families than ever are taking to the open roads and heading to RV parks and campgrounds this summer. RVs provide a great way to travel during a pandemic, and these families are making the most of RV parks and amenities as they travel across the United States and other countries without the need for nearby hotel accommodations. If you and your family are considering taking a road trip this year, there are a few things to consider before packing your bags and filling those closets. For RV entertainment ideas for the whole family and kids of every age, to bigger destinations and plans, read on. Solid travel plans One of the best ways to ensure the whole family has a great time on your next road trip is to make a reservation for a space at your main RV park. With amenities like Wi-Fi, community meeting spaces, fire pits, playground options, laundry facilities, and more, these parks offer something for all ages. RV parks, much like campgrounds in many cases, are a great way to meet like-minded travelers and locals, too. In 2021, the RV industry is booming, and with more families traveling in RVs than ever before, it’s important that you book at any destination. Even if you want to take advantage of a free camping site on public land, you’ll need to contact your state park or forest service to check Covid-19 rules and regulations ahead of time. Being prepared means a better experience for everyone and you are guaranteed a great place to stay. Roadside Toys When traveling with kids and toddlers, it’s a good idea to pack toys they can take out on the road. Consider games like magnetic blocks and trivia cards to keep kids of all ages entertained as you travel. Some parents have had great luck downloading kid-friendly apps on tablets and other devices for kids on the road. A great way to keep the kids occupied is by having a bunch of electronics and toys they can play with which makes for a quieter drive time. No matter where you go, you will likely have days when the weather is not ideal. Consider planning indoor days where the kids can do puzzles, crafts, and enjoy activities away from the TV. On those sunny days, be sure to bring swimming tubes, life jackets, sunscreen, umbrellas, and picnic baskets. The earlier you pack the better, the more likely it is that everyone will enjoy the ride. When planning a trip with the kids, one way to help them get excited is to ask them to help pack their favorite things. By letting each child bring along a favorite toy, stuffed animal, or blanket, you will give them packing and planning skills they can use in the future if they decide to become travellers. Reading for the Road In the same way you would want to pick up some children’s books while traveling, it’s a good idea to consider your own interests. For many people, RV travel allows them to get closer to nature and is a time of spirituality. These travelers often pick up prayer books or head to their favorite Catholic book publishing company to read the material on any trip. You’ll probably spend a month docking into a national park. Few things can be as calm as reading a favorite book when the sun rises or sets. When considering reading material for you and the rest of the family, consider magazines and travel guides as well. You might be surprised at how many tips you can get in a travel guide for the area you are going to travel to. Making Memories If your plan is to spend time with your family on the road, the truth is that you are probably looking forward to making memories together. If making memories is high on your list of things, consider investing in quality digital gear like cameras, drones, and more to capture your favorite moments. Whether your final plan is to make a trip video to upload to YouTube or you’re hoping to create a scrapbook of your trip, having high-quality photos to look at will help make these memories enduring. When planning an RV trip for the whole family, consider everyone’s interests. Perhaps you have one child who loves nature and another who has a special interest in aliens. By finding places to encourage both interests, you are more likely to keep the kids engaged. While planning your trip, also don’t forget to consider your needs and interests. Many people make the mistake of leaving out their interests and passions when planning a family trip. At the end of the day, if you take the time to consider each member of your family’s interests, unique destinations, entertainment for driving days, and more, you’ll be in a better position to enjoy your RV adventures even more. Happy travels to you and your family! Don’t forget to take pictures.