Perhaps the hardest thing of all when preparing to start full-time RV living (kids or no kids) is downsizing from your house to a much smaller RV, assuming you are going to be selling your house. It can be a hard decision to know what to keep and what to get rid of or sell, or put into storage if you’re willing to pay for it. This can be an especially daunting task with kids, as they may not be entirely willing to part with certain items. Downsizing can be a difficult endeavor, but keep in mind how much room you have available in your RV, where you plan on traveling to, and how often you plan on moving around. This is especially useful in trying to determine what kind/how much clothing you should bring for your children. If you plan to move around to different climates, or stay through season changes, it might be beneficial to bring a couple different season’s worth of clothing, if you have the space for it.
As it can be in a house, it is even more important to stay organized and clean while full-time RVing with children! The more family members you have in an RV, the greater the likelihood for clutter will be, so it’s imperative to set up some precautions against the mess. It is very important to still implement chores into a child’s routine while RV living. It will maintain discipline and keep your RV from getting too messy. Also, it is good to periodically go through and determine if there is anything you can get rid of to keep everything neat and organized!
Homeschooling and Roadschooling
Unless you have decided to live full time in one particular place and claim residency, you will have to dedicate yourself to educating your child while on the road. There are a couple different options that are great for schooling, both with great advantages!
Homeschooling is a good option for your child’s education! It allows you to spend time with your children and you can do lessons when you have time! However, you must register your kids in your state of domicile, unless you plan on staying in one particular state for more than three months. Some states, such as Texas, don’t have strict requirements, but others may require things such as supervised testing and rigorous record keeping, which can be hard while being constantly on the move!
Roadschooling is a variation of homeschooling, but allows for a lot more flexibility for your children’s education. Instead of rigid lesson plans, this approach utilizes your current surroundings to supplement the learning experience. This is perfect for families that travel to many different climates and terrains, national parks, and natural wonders! Anything can be turned into a lesson! Like with homeschooling, you must register your children in your home state and must meet that state’s education requirements.
Safety and Boundaries
Safety can be an issue in full-time RVing with children, especially if they are very young. If necessary, be sure to go through and baby-proof your RV to ensure your little ones won’t have any accidents. You’ll also want to set some ground rules for safety, both inside and outside of your RV. Children should be educated on camping safety, as well as safety while traveling.