Travel by camper with children: organization, games, pantry, itinerary and stops. Tips for a child-friendly trip
Travel by camper with children
Camper is synonymous with travel, but also with home and family: with bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bathroom, these vehicles are suitable for hosting parents and children for a unique and unforgettable experience, in the name of freedom and on their own schedule ( children in particular!).
However, it is good to have some special attention in mind, for a safe trip and that minimizes stress. Some advice comes from Dario Femiani, country manager Italy of Yescapa, the camper-sharing platform that allows you to get in touch with private individuals and offers – for a maximum duration of one month – a turnkey solution for a trip in total safety.
Planning is really important when traveling in a campervan with children: don’t leave anything to chance and plan the places where you will spend the night and where you will be able to refuel and eat.
“The patience of children is not the same as that of adults, so the simplest thing is plan the travel in order to get to all places quickly but at the same time respecting the needs of the little ones, from eating to sleeping “, remembers Dario Femiani.
“When you live in a van you have to take into account many aspects and plan your day and spaces accurately, in the name of minimalism and respect for the environment: it is certainly an experience that can teach you to be happy with little” , Femiani emphasizes.
2. Choose your parking areas in advance
When traveling with children it is preferable to choose the evening or night hours to move around, to avoid the heat. If you move during the day, however, it is good to stop at least every 3-4 hours.
Remember to choose in time the equipped areas free for camper service, also equipped with electricity (220 V connection) and drinking water, which it is good to refuel. Also check that in the chosen areas there are suitable facilities where your children can run around freely without running risks.
During the trip by van rest areas they are well indicated by a special road sign, but to travel in peace it is advisable to prepare them in advance, using apps such as Caramaps or Park4Night.
An original alternative to traditional camping and rest areas is the private garden: just as on Yescapa it is possible to share a camper with a private individual, the members of the Gardensharing site open their garden to travelers, who can stop with their van, or settle in the areas equipped with yurts, campers, wooden houses, houses on the ‘tree.
3. Avoid the black dot
Another tip is to avoid leaving on black sticker days, when traffic could be critical, so as not to force children too long indoors and in the sun.
To follow the live traffic it is very useful to take a look at the Autostrade per l’Italia website.
4. Stay in touch
No matter how careful you are for your child: it could happen, especially when camping and traveling on the road, that you lose sight of yourself. Put a small bracelet on your wrist with your phone number written on it, so that he always knows how to track you or have you tracked.
5. Prepare the pantry
Obviously, do not forget to prepare the pantry in a strategic and orderly way: the space available is decidedly reduced and to avoid producing too much waste and scraps.
Do not travel with children on an empty stomach, but at the same time try not to overdo it: better a light meal based on carbohydrates, free of fatty or difficult to digest foods. “Bring bottles of drinking water with you, useful in case you stop in places where the water is not entirely safe.”
6. Think about entertainment
“How long is it? Are we there?”: Even when traveling in a camper these will be the typical questions of children. In a space as large as that offered by a camper, you can distract the children with numerous options: “sitting around the table you can involve them with notebooks and colors, or with a film to watch on your tablet or computer. “It would be even better to distract them with oral games, nursery rhymes, music and stories about the places they are visiting, so that the images remain even more etched in their memory.
7. Get children used to traveling in a camper
In some cases, getting used to traveling by camper can be difficult for children, since the size of the “house” is small. Therefore, Yescapa’s advice is not to make the first trip to a distant destination: better prepare them by spending a weekend a few kilometers from home and, over time, add more kilometers to the route.
8. Check the car