How to Conquer Campervan Travel with Kids

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Adding kids to the campervan holiday equation can put a new spin on an already amazing trip. All it takes is a bit of planning, a bit of preparation, and maybe a few extra chocolate bars. Take a look at these top tips for campervanning with youngsters to best prepare your travelling crew for a smooth and enjoyable ride.


1. Pick the right vehicle

While you may love the idea of living your hippie dreams in a rustic VW camper, your kids might have other ideas. Hire a campervan in which everyone can sleep without too much of a squeeze, particularly if your kids already struggle with bed time. Unless you don’t mind sharing lights-out time with your little ones, think about picking a vehicle with an awning or separate section for the adults to relax in to avoid having to talk in whispers!

On-board toilet facilities and showers may also come in handy when you’re travelling as a family, saving you from supervising every bathroom trip in a random outhouse.

2. Check the extras

 One of the best parts of renting a campervan is that you often have your pick of helpful extras you can choose from or already come with your rental. See if your choice has an awning that can provide adequate shade so your kids can play outside without you fearing the elements as much. Or check to see if you can grab a high chair to make mealtime easier.


Packing kids campervan

Camping with the family. Photo by Steinar Engeland via Unsplash.

3. Plan your travel

 Got a 10-page itinerary to tick off? You may want to tone it down a bit. The holiday will be more fun for travellers young and old if you can keep timelines and stress to a minimum. Rather than trying to pack too much in, take time to make the most of a few destinations with short trips in the surrounding area. If you do have long journeys, try to break them up with walks or fun activities to keep the kids as entertained as possible. As you know, things often take longer than you think they will with kids. Factoring in the extra time just might help keep you sane.

4. Come prepared…

 Some kids are angels on long journeys; some like to make things a little more difficult. No matter which category yours fall into, it’s always good to be prepared. Whether you download a stash of films to your iPad, stock up on snacks or come up with fun games or tasks for them to check off during the journey, you can never be over prepared when it comes to entertainment.

5 …But not too prepared

The same can’t be said for bringing the entire contents of your house. It may be tempting to bring all your creature comforts, but consider the size of your campervan rental when packing. Pack lightly with just the essential outfits, shoes, and accessories and your campervan won’t feel like a garage sale.


Campervan travel with kids in tow doesn’t have to be a headache. Pick your vehicle, plan your travel, and with any luck you’ll find yourself with a bunch of happy campers.

Ready to jump in and book your family campervan adventure? Head over to DriveNow to browse a wide range of campervans and motorhomes to get the show on the road.