Monday

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Friday

Avoiding family conflict in (mobile) closed quarters: 7 things to keep in mind on your next trip



By Katie Hogge

You all know you love each other. 

     Whether it's just you and your partner on your first trip or your 35th vacay with your squad of seven, it's no secret that vacations and road trips are a much-needed way to escape, relax, and recharge. Yet, the obvious can't be avoided - you are a group of human beings, just as capable of banter and arguments as you are of love and laughter. But such is completely normal, and should never be something to discourage you from enjoying your next big adventure to the fullest. Thriving in close quarters for extensive periods of time can feel incredibly frustrating and crowded at times, but with a dash of patience and these helpful tips, you can be sure your trip will be an experience full of nothing but memories of family bonding - not of tension or irritability!

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1. Avoid all that excess "stuff." While you obviously need to pack clothes, toiletries, cameras, etc., try to leave things that you're not positive you'll actually use on the trip at home. That being said, of the things you do bring, try as hard as humanly possible not to over-pack. Perhaps bring a board game or two, some DVDs, and a deck of cards to keep you occupied or in case it storms one night; other than that, though, try to keep the objects simple that you're going to have living in your RV.



2. Speaking of stuff...don't worry so much about your outfits or physical appearance for each specific day, other than what you'll need to enjoy the activities you have planned on your vacation. Always try to plan out a set of outfits you know you'll wear, and try to overlap items whenever possible. It's more than likely you could wear those jeans 2 or 3 times instead of once, and you could probably get away with reusing your t-shirt from your first day on the road as a beach/pool/goofing-around-by-the-campfire cover-up, instead of bringing a bunch of extra gear.



3. Make sure each person has his or her space, however small, that is theirs and only theirs for the duration of the trip. No matter where you go or who you're with, it can't be refuted that personal space is a necessity when it comes to ensuring all personalities are cooperating and meshing together well in a tightly enclosed, mobile environment like an RV. Perhaps your spouse would prefer some time to read and lounge in a certain spot; maybe your teenage daughter feels like she needs one drawer to herself rather than sharing a chaotic storage system with her younger brothers. Whatever the case, each traveler should make a conscious effort to give others in the group their space - while also remembering that such personal space is just as important for their own sanity as well.



4. Remember, furry friends and family members should never be excluded from the above conditions. As lovable as your pets may be, they need their own space too, just like any other creature living in a tightly packed home with other living beings! Whether you bring a dog bed or designate a comfy pile of blankets just for them, just make sure they have something - that way, they can recharge just like you do, and will be ready for another fun-filled day once the sun rises again!



5. While we're on the topic of space, organization is key. That's not to say that your RV needs to be in tip-top, feng-shui condition the entire time; you're on vacation, and the occasional mess or disarray of sand-ridden clothes and muddied sneakers can't really be avoided, especially for the sake of a good time outdoors! However, pre-departure preparatory steps to keep your RV storage, kitchen, etc. nice and clutter-free can keep your mind focused on the more important aspects of the trip - getting outside and having some fun with your clan, and not cooping up inside just to clean and rearrange like you might back at home!

Gone with the Wynn's video RV Organizing: Don't be a hot mess!

6. Try your best to plan each day's meals ahead of time, regardless of how much of a success or disaster it might end up being. The truth of the matter is that things can and will come up, and you won't always follow the schedule you make for yourself each and every day. However, budgeting for which nights you plan to eat out and remembering to bring whatever ingredients are required for the meals you do choose to cook can save your endless amounts of money...not to mention time, which you could be spending adventuring outdoors or telling stories around the campfire!



And last, but definitely not least...

7. Remember, we're all human. We're all going to get into fights every now and then, and we're all going to make mistakes at times. We're going to say things we don't mean in the heat of a moment of frustration, and we're all going to drive each other nuts sometimes. While crucial, this one's pretty simple. Just be kind. The folks over at Roadtreking.com hit the nail right on the head with their advice on conflict resolution in mobile environments:

"Apologize when you're wrong, and don't hesitate to forgive when you've been wronged."



Just like any family or group conflict, these things will happen. But these trips are meant for fun, togetherness, and an escape from the everyday environments that cause us unnecessary or materialistic stresses. Let the bumps happen when they will, keep the environment positive, and enjoy the ride. After all, it's RV season.

And we all know
 #RVingIsGood!






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Family camping activities from Jellystone Parks: Never run out of things to do on your next trip!


Family Camping Activities

Although summer is winding down, there's still plenty of time to take a camping trip! If you need some inspiration for your next adventure, read on for some family-friendly, kid-approved activities!

Twig castles 

Your kids enjoy making sandcastles at the beach, so why not make some out of twigs they collect all around your campsite? Because you may have some difficulty keeping the sticks together, make sure to bring some glue, strings, and scissors along.

Stories around the campfire 

This old classic is a tried and true favorite. The stories can range from childhood laughs to scary ghost stories; you can even have the group collaborate on a story! Have one person start, then ask the next person to contribute a sentence, and so on and so forth.

Scavenger hunt with a nature walk 

Mix two activities into one! Go on a nature walk or hike and have a list of things to find Some ideas include:
  • A heart-shaped leaf
  • A feather
  • A pinecone
  • Something a raccoon would like to eat
  • Something of every color of the rainbow
  • Something fuzzy
  • Something that makes noise
  • Two pieces of garbage (to throw out, of course!)
  • A piece of treasure
Whoever gets the most on the list wins a prize!

Fairy Houses 

Make houses for homeless fairies! Collect wood, twigs, rocks, and feathers for your construction materials, and place a little door next to a tree trunk - this will let the fairy know she is welcome there! Remember to make it as beautiful as you possibly can, because fairies are picky, and obviously only deserve the best!

Book Your Trip

When you're ready to make your vacation plans, be sure to check out Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, with 84 locations across the U.S. and Canada! 

Click here to find a campground near you today!



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Wednesday

Roadschooling 101: Free planning tool!



Your guide to educational adventures,
 the Roadschool Moms' Roadschool Planner tool is FREE for a limited time!

You may have heard of homeschooling.
But have you heard of roadschooling?
 

     Right now, thousands of kids are getting ready to get back to their roadschool!  Like traditional homeschoolers, these students learn in their familiar "home" environment, with their parents serving predominantly as their home-educator. Roadschoolers and homeschoolers might even utilize the same curriculum for subjects like math, writing, foreign languages, etc...but that's where the similarity ends. The youngest segment of America's full-time RVing population, these kids are on the road with their parents, exploring the country and learning history, geology, geography, social studies and science via hands-on activities and first hand experiences. 


     A weekly internet radio show, Roadschool Moms (www.roadschoolmoms.com) provides tips, advice and connections to America's roadschool families across the miles, and just released the 2016 - 2017 edition of their number one selling tool, The Roadschool Planner. Whether you're a roadschooler or a family who's looking to add some educational value to your next family adventure, this planner is the perfect place to keep track of “what you want to learn where." Like no other planner available, this print-on-demand tool can be personalized for each of your students. It integrates your travels with learning opportunities so you don’t miss valuable lessons, enabling you to easily capitalize on your journey – making your time on the road a true learning adventure!


To get your free copy of the Roadschool Planner click here!



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Tuesday

RV Season: The Coast to Coast Road Trip


11 states.
3,098.9 miles.



Just one depiction of what your next cross-country RV trip could look like, VA to CA...
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