Moving into an RV to live full-time is a big adjustment for anyone- but it’s especially big for kids. They leave the comfort of their cozy bedroom and big backyard complete with a fence and playset, to live in a tiny space with a backyard that constantly is changing. You think “WOW, these kids are going to have the time of their lives!” only to find out on the second week, “this is a harder adjustment then I thought it would be.” We have learned some great ways to help ease the pain of the kids learning to live tiny, and we want to share that with you today. Here are 7 Tips to Help Kids Adjust to RV Life.
1. Bring a familiar/ favorite toy
Bringing a familiar toy or favorite lovey is so important. Something they love and recognize can help to bring them comfort when they are feeling overwhelmed and confused. This could be their favorite blanket or stuffed animal or even a book the love to have read to them. Downsizing is a huge thing when moving into an RV but whatever your child loves should definitely be brought with.
2. Be sure to incorporate quiet time and naps
A well rested kid is a happy kid. Even with the hustle of moving from place to place it should be a priority that every one gets naps or at the very least quiet time. It is good for the mind to take time to reset and have some down time. It will help to prevent overwhelm in the kids, and help to give us parents a little break too.
3. Keep a similar routine
Just because you are living on the road doesn’t mean that EVERYTHING should change drastically. Keeping the same routine as much as possible is important. Simple ways we have done that is by starting and ending our days the same. We are continuing our morning routine with getting up, getting breakfast, getting dressed and cleaned up for the day and making our beds. We are continuing our evening routine the same as well with eating dinner, cleaning up, taking showers, saying prayer and going to sleep at a decent time. It is also important to adhere to the same rules. Even though we are living a different lifestyle, similar rules should apply. This will help the kids adjust to RV life more easily.
4. Feed them well
Food is medicine. Living on the road does not call for convenience and junk food. Nourishing foods are important to feel good and when you feel good you behave good. My kids love snacks and are happy when I ask “Who wants a snack!?” and when we buy good and wholesome snacks rather then hitting up the local drive through, I can be sure they are not only enjoying their food but getting good nutrition as well.
5. Play with them
It seems so simple but it is hard for some parents to get down on their kids level and actually play with them. This could be playing a board game on a rainy day in the RV, bringing them to the pool to swim with them, building a sand castle at the beach or even playing eye spy in the car while traveling. It makes kids feel a connection and puts a smile on their faces to see mom and dad being silly and acting like a child.
6. Ask them questions
This is something we have always done with our kids. We often ask them what they are thankful for, what they liked best or least about the day, what they want to do tomorrow or anything inquisitive to try to get a feel of what is going on in their little minds. It keeps the communication open and may help to figure out if one of the kids is not having a good day. That way it gives you the opportunity to address the problem they are having.
7. Make travel days short and sweet
Our most important tip we’ve found that works really well is to not travel too long in the car. It can be tempting to drive long distances to go somewhere cool but its better for the kids to be able to spend most of their day outside of the car. Riding too long in the car makes everyone a bit stir crazy and cranky. Taking your time and stoping to enjoy where you are at has proven to be beneficial for everyone to adjust to RV Life in our experience.
We hope you enjoyed these tips and that they help you on your journey to living full-time in an RV. If you have any more suggestions that we missed here please leave them in the comments for others to benefit from.
Thanks for being here!
The Kelley Krew