What Are The Best Camper Options When Traveling With Toddlers?

Posted on: 30 April 2016

If you and your spouse were avid campers during your pre-kid days and are eager to introduce your little ones to this nomadic vacation style, you may be wondering what special equipment you'll need to purchase in order to make this trip as fun and stress-free as possible. Traveling with young children can be quite different from solo or pair camping, and even with the additional creature comforts of a tow-behind or travel camper, you could find yourself scrambling if you don't adequately prepare. Read on to learn more about what you'll want to consider when camping with toddlers or preschool-aged children.

What should you keep in mind to keep your toddlers safe and happy while camping?

Any trip with toddlers is made more enjoyable when they're well-fed and adequately entertained. Accomplishing these tasks while on the road can be a challenge at times, but traveling with a camper gives you a leg up by providing refrigeration, a stove and oven, and even a microwave to help prepare food on the go. During stops, you'll be able to utilize the camper's close quarters to teach your toddlers how to cook -- allowing them to gather or hand you ingredients, or even help plate the final product.

Entertaining toddlers during a long drive can be made easier by investing in some age-appropriate travel games or even tablets or other media devices. You'll also want to take full advantage of your camper's indoor space by helping your child run, hop, and burn off extra energy. During travel stops, look for fenced areas far away from the road where you and your toddlers will be able to run, stretch, and play safely.

What camper features are important when traveling with toddlers? 

Because curious toddlers can often be covert escape artists, the key to camper security is ensuring your toddlers won't be able to make a break for it when you're not paying attention. This means childproof door and window locks, and potentially even motion-detecting alarms placed over the door and windows at night to ensure that nothing tries to sneak in (and no one is able to sneak out). You'll probably want to sleep as close to the camper door as possible or make sure there's at least one parent between your toddlers and the nearest escape route just as a bit of added security.

Finally, you'll want to make sure your camper can easily be unlocked if you find your toddler -- and your keys -- trapped inside after a door lock is inadvertently closed. Installing a magnetic key enclosure in an inconspicuous area on your camper's frame can ensure you're always able to access your camper even if the doors have been locked from the inside.

For more help, contact a company like Crowder RV Center, Inc.