If you’ve got teens or tweens and you’re trying to get them excited about going on a caravanning holiday with you, depending on your kids you may be in for a lot of work.
Below I’ve written 4 tips to help everyone have a more enjoyable time on the trip:
1. Involve them in the itinerary
When it comes to planning out your itinerary you and your partner are probably used to doing it alone, even if you’ve planned a heap before with kids in tow.
However, now that you’ve got a tween or teen, things get a little trickier.
Try to involve them in planning your holiday; ask them what sites they’d like to see, where they want to explore and what kind of activities they’d like to do.
If you can incorporate some cool activities like surfing, going to older kid type theme parks, some more extreme sports, etc you may have an easier time convincing them that hitting the road with the parents is something they might actually enjoy.
2. Don’t switch off
This goes against the most basic of all caravanning rules. While you and the rest of the family might be excited for a chance to switch off, explore the wilds without work interruptions and real world distractions, older kids are probably going to feel very different.
It can be extremely daunting as a kid to lose contact over a long holiday with all their friends.
While you, your partner and your younger kids may have a rule to switch off to help relax into your new surrounds, it’s a good idea to have a separate rule for your teens. If you really want them to switch off then maybe consider letting them have a few minutes of phone or Internet time per day so they don’t feel too cut off from their friends.
3. Ensure full bathroom facilities
When caravanning with older kids, it’s always safest to find good campgrounds with full bathroom facilities, including toilets, shower and power to plug in hair dryers, straighteners etc. The better the facilities the better the teens will behave.
Don’t expect them to go without shaving and washing their hair just because you feel like it. They won’t. Believe me.
4. Places to visit nearby
When staying at a caravan park or campsite always ensure there’s plenty to see and do around the grounds.
Don’t let your kids or teens get too bored and always schedule in some fun activities when on a long round trip.
Older kids will have pretty short attention spans and while you’re happy relaxing and kicking back, reading a book on the beach, you can bet the kids will get bored long before you do.
Have you ever taken your teenagers on a caravanning trip? Do you have any extra tips to add? Please share in the comments below.