Who likes affordable vacations that include outdoor adventure and lots of time in the sunshine? We do! That’s why we’ve made it our mission to spread the word about how great RVing is for families of all ages.
RVing with young kids can be equally fun and challenging. It’s a perfect balancing act to keep them comfy through days on the road and safely entertained while parked and exploring. What do you need to know before you go to have the best time together? We’ve got you covered.
Choose Your Destination
First things first, where do you want to travel to this year? You could go with the flow, or take the road less travelled to explore places off the beaten path in Canada.
Set a schedule and try to stick to it. You’ll need to map out your stops along the highway to get to your destination because kids are happier on long hauls when they have a chance to stretch their legs every few hours. Actually, we’re all happier when we get to walk around a little between hours on the road!
Schedules are helpful in the day-to-day of your RV vacation as well. For example, teach your kids that everything has a place inside your RV, so you can work together to keep your small living space clean. It might also be worth it to teach them how to make the most of their space with organization tips and tricks. Start young!
Plan Your Menu
What’s on the menu for your RV road trip? With little ones onboard, it’s best to keep it simple! You could have a picnic with the family or ooey-gooey treats around the campfire. Always pack a few car snacks, too!
Don’t forget to plan a few games to keep the kids busy. You’ll want a few tricks up your sleeve for nice days and rainy ones! Think: indoor and outdoor games, games to play in the car, books that don’t take up too much space.
As for the nice days, why not plan a family hike? The great outdoors are why we road trip in the first place!
The Extra Tips
Are you planning a trip with more than one family? It requires a little extra coordination, but it’s extra fun for the kids when everything comes together. There’s always room for more friends around the campfire!
Most importantly, you need to be prepared before you hit the road. Make sure you’ve packed all the essentials, but don’t stress about the extras you might be missing. Most necessary items can be picked up along the way.
Are you getting excited for camping season? It’s nearly time to hit the road! After planning the perfect RV vacation with the family, all that’s left to do is pack. If you’re new to RVing, the smaller footprint might make packing feel a bit daunting at first, so we have a few quick tips to help make things easier for you!
Consider the Trip
Are you booked for a weekend getaway or an extended road trip? What’s the weather like where you’re going? When are you heading out? Will you need warm clothes or lots of beach towels? Are you meeting up with other families or road-tripping solo? All these factors change the essentials you need to pack.
Make a List
New to camping? Step 1: Make a list of all the gear you’re going to need. If you’re not sure where to start, browse our comprehensive packing list! It covers everything from clothing to equipment, hygiene to pets, and more.
Remember the Essentials
You want to achieve the perfect balance of preparedness and packing light, so just pack the essentials. Important documents (for pets, kids, medications, etc.) are must-haves, while you can pick up any forgotten items along the way (toiletries, condiments, rain jackets, etc.). Don’t worry about what you might be forgetting – as long as all the important things are in the vehicle.
Pack for Puppy
Camping with our four-legged friends is so much fun! What do you need to pack for your pup before you hit the road? Obviously, bowls and food are the top of the list, but have you considered other items that make life in the RV more comfortable for everyone? For example: puppy bug spray, bottled water and extra towels are a must if your dog likes to roam.
Pro tip: Introduce your dog to the RV before pulling out of the driveway if it’s your dog’s first road trip. You want your pup to feel at home!
Gather the Gadgets
While none of these items are necessary, some tech gadgets can make life easier on the road. Take your pick of portable tools and fun tech toys like the ones we’ve listed in this roundup on the blog.
Prep Your Snacks
Keep your passengers happy with lots of tasty road trip snacks! We have a few ideas for snacks that are a little more fun than the traditional granola bars and trail mix. We share heaps of camping meal ideas in the Wildhood Recipe Club on Facebook.
Save Storage Space
Save a little storage space for anything you buy while on your trip. You may realize that you need another piece of equipment after you set out or hit up the local shops at your destination. Regardless of the plan, remember to leave a bit of extra space just in case.
We bet you’ll want to make the most of the daylight hours outside when you’re camping! Right? Swap time spent in the kitchen for adventuring with the family with a little help from these freezer meals. Just prepare a few in advance before you leave on your next RV trip!
Choose your flavour for these frozen fajita packets. They’re perfect for quick dinners while camping! Just add a protein, vegetables and a sauce, freeze in tin foil and throw on the barbeque when you’re ready to eat. You can make a few – mixing and matching ingredients for different meals. Serve on wraps or on its own.
Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken
You don’t have to ask us twice to try this pineapple teriyaki chicken! Prep the ingredients in a ziploc bag or tin pans and store them in the freezer until you’re ready to go. Place the tin pans directly on the grill to cook while camping.
Make some tasty breakfast burritos ahead and keep them in the freezer for the days you need a quick bite before playing outside all day. You can’t go wrong with eggs, sausage, cheese and potatoes! Add any other veggies you have on meal prep day. Microwave or grill as needed.
Sloppy joes? Yes please! Prep and freeze the meat before you go, then pick up fresh buns on the road. Defrost and heat in a skillet for a quick and delicious meal in minutes.
Sausage and Peppers
The recipe suggests to cook this sausage and pepper freezer meal in the crock pot, but we think this is the perfect batch of ingredients to pop into a tinfoil wrap and let simmer over the campfire. It’s a no fuss, well-rounded dinner for the family to enjoy around the campfire!
Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken
Taco Tuesdays are even better when you’re camping! Make this black bean and corn salsa chicken at home and freeze it for an easy picnic table dinner. Toss the mixture into a tin foil wrap and cook it on the barbeque. Grab a few fresh toppings from the local market and enjoy!
Anything with meat, cheese and potatoes is obviously delicious! Try these twice-baked potatoes for an easy freezer side dish to reheat as needed while camping. To heat, bake them in your RV kitchen’s oven or wrap it in tin foil for the barbeque.
Beef Pot Pie
This beef pot pie takes no time to put together, freezes well and easily reheats when you’re ready to eat. Ground beef, vegetables, potatoes and gravy between two pie crusts. Yum!
Did you know that April 23 is #NationalPicnicDay? You know we love any excuse to celebrate time spent in the great outdoors – plus RVing, camping and picnics go hand-in-hand! Here are a few picnic-friendly recipes that look tasty and easy to make for your next RV road trip with the family.
A twist on a picnic classic: you need to try this chicken taco salad. Mix up the toppings as you like, but don’t skip the spicy ranch salsa dressing. This one is a crowd favourite!
Tuna Salad Sandwiches
What’s a picnic without tuna salad? Celery, red onion, mayo, capers and lemon juice make this tuna mix extra delicious. Serve on fresh bread with a side of summertime sunshine at your next picnic.
Creamy Potato Salad
There are a million and one ways to make potato salad, but this one is definitely a fan-favourite. Whip up this creamy potato salad with red potatoes, celery and hard-boiled eggs, plus all the usual suspects for flavour. The secret is in the sour cream and mayo mixture. Yum!
Make your own vegetable snack packs with mason jars, hummus and veggies cut thin and long. Add a few spoons of homemade hummus to each jar, stick the veggies in, and close the lid for an easy DIY travel container: single-serve hummus on the road. This one will keep well while travelling.
Manchego Cheese and Chorizo Skewers
A good picnic has lots of options: appetizers, salads and sandwiches galore. Try these simple cheese and chorizo skewers! Switch the manchego and chorizo for any type of deli meat, charcuterie or cheese you have on hand. Mozzarella, fresh basil and prosciutto is another good one.
Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies
Bake these strawberry rhubarb hand pies ahead of time. After all the appetizers and mains have been cleared from the picnic basket, everyone will want a sweet treat to cap off a great meal.
Who doesn’t like brownies? These picnic-perfect brownies are topped with walnuts, butterscotch and chocolate chips. Sounds heavenly to us!
Do you follow a plant-based diet and need some vegan cooking inspiration for your next road trip? Going vegan for camping season means you might need to get a little more creative than your typical barbeque cookouts, but these vegan camping recipes in this roundup are every bit as easy and delicious. It’s safe to predict that the entire RV crew will love them!
All can be prepped ahead, grilled on the barbeque, sauteed over a campfire flame and served up family-style around the picnic table. You’ll find even more camping recipes to fuel your journey on Go RVing Canada’s Pinterest boards. Enjoy!
Middle-Eastern Spiced Chickpeas
Simple and spicy – just how we like our Middle-Eastern inspired chickpeas! Saute onions and spices over your campfire, then add chickpeas and greens for a well-rounded dish at the end of a day in the sunshine. You could add other vegetables on-hand to make this a complete and extra-filling meal.
Yes – you read that right. These vegan make-ahead omelettes substitute chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, water, and salt for eggs. Prep whatever veggies you want in your omelettes and top with vegan cheese of your choosing. Breakfast is served!
What’s a camping trip without a classic barbeque cookout? Try one of these vegan burger recipes next time you’re out for a weekend with the family. Some might require a little extra prep before you hit the road, but they do look delicious!
Lentil Taco “Meat”
Vegans don’t need to give up Taco Tuesday when they give up taco meat. This vegan lentil taco meat is easy to throw together and serve up on the picnic table. Choose soft or hard shells, add your toppings, and you’ll have yourself a group of happy campers!
Mason jar salads are super easy to put together before you pull out of the driveway for the weekend. Try these mediterranean salads for the perfect combination of flavour and nutrients to fill you up on-the-go!
This vegan mushroom stroganoff might at first seem daunting to cook while camping, but it’s easily whipped up in just one pot! Will it make your must-try list? Pasta, mushrooms, broth – yum! You don’t have to ask us twice to make this one for the RV crew.
A classic wilderness snack to pull out of your backpack: jerky. Try making your own vegan jerky before heading out on your next RV trip. Spicy and chewy, just like the real stuff!
This cauliflower curry is grilled in a foil packet over an open flame or on the barbeque… does it get any easier than that?! Mix up the veggies to match your mood (and fresh supplies) and drizzle with non-dairy zesty yogurt sauce.
Now, the hard part is choosing which one to cook first!
Let’s talk campgrounds. Summer adventures are just around the corner and we’re deep into planning mode! Whether your family wants to get out into the wild once or twenty times this camping season, you need to choose a place to stay that checks every must-have on your list.
Looking for a family-friendly place to park your RV? Check out our handy Campground Finder! Here are some great camping spots in Canada that have swimming pools and playgrounds on site.
Lost Lemon RV Park & Campground (Alberta)
You’ll want to go to Blairmore, Alberta, if you like mountain views and fresh air. Lost Lemon RV Park & Campground sits along the Crowsnest Pass, the historic southern corridor into the Rockies. From here, you’re just a short drive to both Waterton Lakes National Park or the mountain town of Fernie across the provincial border.
This family-friendly campground has both an in-ground heated pool and hot tub, playgrounds for the little ones, horseshoe pits and even a spot to cast your line into the Crowsnest River.
Burnaby Cariboo RV Park and Campground (British Columbia)
Beautiful British Columbia promises an RV vacation of a lifetime no matter where you go, but what if you could combine a camping adventure with a big city getaway? Burnaby Cariboo RV Park and Campground offers just that!
It’s location in Burnaby means you’re a short trip to all that Vancouver has to offer, but still just a few minutes down the highway to the great outdoors. At the end of a long day of exploring, hang out with the family at the pool or playground.
Lilac Resort (Manitoba)
Treat your family to the waterpark at Lilac Resort, in Ste. Anne, Manitoba. The kids will love the wading pools and waterslides, but there’s also sporting facilities for beach volleyball, baseball, basketball, soccer – the list is endless!
Nearby, there are plenty of mountain bike and hiking trails to explore in Sandilands Provincial Park. Enjoy the summer sunshine in Manitoba’s great outdoors.
Camping Oceanic (New Brunswick)
Is New Brunswick on your summer bucket list? Camping Oceanic in Shediac offers large pull-through campsites, a heated swimming pool and a playground for the kids. The best part? It’s just minutes away from Parlee Beach Provincial Park! Swim in the sun and salt water along the coast facing Prince Edward Island, then spend evenings by the pool.
Oakhill Pines Campground (Nova Scotia)
Take the family to Oakhill Pines Campground in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, if you like hiking, swimming and general outdoor fun! Aside from the outdoor activities, the town is home to a few fun attractions: museums for the family to learn a bit about the area, plus a couple of golf courses and a winery for the parents to indulge.
Sandy Beach Resort & Trailer Court (Ontario)
There might not be a pool, but Sandy Beach Resort & Trailer Court does have three playgrounds and a beach for the kids. Swim in Balsam Lake or watch the boats go by at the nearby Fenelon Falls. The Kawarthas are the perfect destination for campers who like to spend time on the water, too.
Cavendish KOA (Prince Edward Island)
Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, will not disappoint as a family-friendly destination. The Cavendish KOA is just a few minutes from Anne of Green Gables’ farm and they know what kids want from a camping trip. Heated pools, hayrides, outdoor movie nights, day camps – heaps of family-friendly activities to choose from!
Domaine Au Grand R (Quebec)
Another camping and waterpark duo, but this time in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Domaine Au Grand R knows that kids love to play outside and they offer plenty of family-friendly activities aside from the playground and waterpark. Just off the St. Lawrence River, this destination makes for a great road trip as well!
Go RVing Canada will be making trip planning even easier in 2019 with new website updates and a revamped tool. Stay tuned for a big announcement coming soon!
RV manufacturers are excited to give consumers more than just bells and whistles. They’re going all in on camping in 2019.
Nestled in the heart of Salt Lake City, against the glorious peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the Salt Palace Convention Centre was bursting at the seams with the latest RVs, parts and accessories.
Go RVing Canada team members, along with thousands of other RV camping industry representatives and dealers attended what is being labelled as the new “kick-off to camping season” – RVX The RV Experience. A showcase of the latest and greatest travel trailers, fifth wheels, motorhomes, and campervans, plus education seminars, awards and keynote speaker sessions, and the “Reveal” event, which was held on March 12.
With explosive energy, and not unlike what you’d see at some tech company’s new product launch, The Reveal integrated announcements from RV Industry leaders along with shining the spotlight on what media judges thought were top RV models in a variety of categories including: Family-Friendly RVs, Outdoor Adventurer, Van Life, City Escape, Destination Camping, Team Tailgate, Sustainability, Luxury Living and On the Horizon – each category having a selection of favourites and best of show.
“The Reveal was an exciting way to highlight what manufacturers are doing to really push the boundaries when it comes to RV design, function and sustainability,” says Go RVing Canada President, Chris Mahony. “It’s pretty cool to see so many brands integrating the latest in technology, manufacturing techniques and design elements being incorporating based on the valued feedback of their customers.”
The Future of RV Camping
Taking a look around at the many booths and displays at RVX it was clear RV manufacturers are shaking things up a bit. From start to finish, each element of the RV is carefully being taken into consideration.
Floorplan designs, which haven’t changed much in the past decade, are now starting to morph into fully functional and usable spaces. It seems RV makers have almost thought of everything. From hidden cabinets to pet zones to kid-centred entertainment areas, RV designers seem have thought of it.
It’s clear that vanlife is here in full force, many manufacturers have launched a new or previously unreleased version of a class B motorhome to the delight of many Vanlifer. Keep a watch for new models hitting showroom floors, and possibly the arrival of small-scale campervan makers yet to enter the Canadian marketplace.
RV brands are really pushing the envelope with accessories and add ons. “We saw many RVs set up for the ultimate in entertaining, adventure and family-living,” says Go RVing Canada Digital Manager, Cyrus Irani. “It’s great to see because now consumers are going to have so many fun features to show off to their friends and family and be able to put these new accessories to good use.”
Don’t be surprised to see entertainment zones that’ll put your own home to shame with loaded speaker sets and multi-screen viewing areas perfect for catching the big game while camping. Or outdoor kitchens complete with smokers, grills, multi-level countertops and of course the coveted mini (or beer)-fridge. Beer keg coolers, multi-purpose sport-rack systems, NASA-inspired children’s pods, lithium-ion batteries, advanced solar power systems, and of course RV-automation technology were the talk of the trade show floor.
We’d like to make special note of KOA’s Campground of the Future Concept, which gave attendees a Virtual Realty look at what campers could experience by the year 2030. KOA designed four distinct regions including Forest, Coastal, Desert, Mountain and Urban with futuristic elements that will get everyone talking.
“It’s really exciting to see what’s in store for campgrounds across North America,” says Chris Mahony, “especially when you consider the advances of solar power, robotics, AI, and their use of spatial orientation. The best part is, even with all the innovation, there’s still a focus on family time and taking full advantage of the outdoors.”
The RV camping industry is certainly poised and ready for change. Are you excited about the future of RV camping and new ways to #BringBackWildhood? We sure hope so.
Spring is the perfect time to refresh your RV before the busy camping season starts. Why not treat yourself to more than just a deep clean? Lots of campers use the warming weather to knock off a few DIY projects before it’s time to hit the road for the summer.
We know, camper renovations can take some effort, but a quick spring spruce-up doesn’t have to cost you a lot of time and money. A few simple touch-ups and tweaks make a space feel fresh and brand new again, too.
Here are a few decor ideas for your RV. We love seeing campers get creative with their décor!
Just add plants
If you’re parked in a permanent site for the season, you can make your RV feel even more like home with decor such as potted plants and hangers. Turn your RV into a plant oasis with just a few dollars and some creativity. A bit of greenery makes a trailer really feel fresh and welcoming!
There are a few ways to make your RV feel extra cozy. Adding comfy pillows and throw blankets to your lounge area is one of them!
As for aesthetics, switching up your decorative pillows usually does the trick when trying to spruce up your RV. You may not even need new pillows entirely—just new pillowcases to add a splash of colour!
Master bedroom makeover
They say that your bedroom should be the coziest room in your home because we spend the most time there. In an RV, that’s especially true. While days are dedicated to soaking up the sun, it’s likely that you spend more time in your bedroom than any other room in your rig. A master bedroom makeover could be as in depth or easygoing as you’d like. For a simple fix, a fresh coat of paint and new bedding works wonders. Little details like art, flowers and candles spruce up a space quickly, too.
Replace your backsplash
This DIY project is a little more involved than upgrading your pillow game, but it’s still simple enough to finish before camping season kicks off. Treat your kitchen backsplash like a small feature wall with a new colour, design or print. You don’t need to spend a lot of time laying tile either. Shop around for a vinyl stick-on option you love – and voila! It will look like a new kitchen in minutes.
Lay a new floor
New flooring makes an old space look so different! If you’re going for a light and airy feel, select a lighter coloured option. For warm and cozy, choose a dark wood. With a space that warm, you’ll want to keep camping long into shoulder season.
Although this is likely the most challenging option of our spring spruce-up ideas, you’ll appreciate the extra effort when you absolutely love your new flooring!
You’re probably used to the smaller footprint by now, but everyone could do with a little more breathing room when spending lots of time in an RV. If your rig feels a little too tight lately, maybe a mini-renovation will help! For instance, removing some cabinets to open their small space. It might not work for everyone, but if you don’t need the storage, this could be a DIY update that promises increased comfort as well as a fresh new look.
Try a new area rug
It’s the little things that make the biggest difference! You don’t need to jump into a bigger project like laying new flooring. Add an area rug to your living space if you want to refresh a bit without breaking the bank. Keep your other decor simple to make it really pop.
Spring cleaning is a whole lot more fun when it involves giving your home-on-wheels a little facelift! What are you doing to spruce up your RV this camping season?
Camping season is calling — our favourite time of year! We can’t wait to see what this RV/camping season has in store for everyone.
It goes without saying that RVing is a fun family-friendly activity. Are you planning an upcoming camping trip with more than one family? Coordinate a potluck dinner! Group cookouts and RVing go hand-in-hand. It’s fun to try your friends and family’s take on a new recipe or to fill your plate with a little bit of everything after a full day of outdoor adventures. Plus, it’s a budget-friendly way to feed a crowd. Win-win!
You can maintain your healthy lifestyle even while on the road. Potluck meals can be healthy, too. They don’t all need to be loaded with cheese! We’ve found a few healthier potluck options that will fill your crew’s bellies. Which one will you try first?
Black Bean Salsa
Mix fresh peppers, corn and tomatoes with black beans, spices and lime juice for a zesty bean salsa everyone will love! If you’re dining with picky eaters, hold the cilantro in this recipe. Just add chips to scoop up the salsa goodness!
Ham and Cheese Sliders
Hot ham and cheese sliders are a potluck crowd-pleaser and easy to make even when camping – either in your RV kitchen or toasting over the campfire. This recipe kicks up the traditional ooey-gooey goodness with a honey mustard and poppy seed dressing. Yum!
Broccoli Salad Broccoli salad is a camping favourite because it stores so well in the fridge. Make this dish ahead of time, so you can spend the rest of the day outside. Come dinnertime, it will still taste great! Dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and bacon bits are the typical toppings, but this salad tastes good with any vegetables you have on-hand.
Everyone loves deviled eggs! Although they are rich in flavour, they are high in protein. Refresh an old classic with a healthier twist by swapping in Greek yogurt for mayo, but the same old spices still do the trick. Which one do you prefer?
Healthy Spinach Dip
Yes — spinach dip can be healthy! This recipe substitutes most of the typical mayo for protein-rich Greek yogurt. Double the spinach for extra nutrition and it’s still just as tasty.
Easy and delicious! Every potluck needs some party pinwheels. These ones are made with mayo and cheese, but you can substitute some with cream cheese for a slightly different take on a classic. Mix and match other toppings as you see fit for your group.
Greek Chicken Kabobs
These Greek chicken kebabs are flavourful and easy to throw together on the grill. Marinate the chicken in feta, yogurt, lemon juice and spices for a few hours, add veggies to your skewers and toss them on the grill until cooked through. Healthy, crowd-pleasing and quick!
Arugula Pasta Salad
Add some more greens to the traditional pasta salad to make an old classic a little healthier. This arugula pasta salad features tomatoes, edamame and feta, but it’s still simple enough to throw together with fresh groceries while camping. We like recipes with minimal cooking required!
If you’re up-to-speed on the travelling tips for your furry friends, we can move on to the fun stuff! With so many fur-babies living and loving life on the road, this list of must-pack items for your next RV trek with your pup will come in handy.
Pet food container
You’ll want an airtight pet food container in your RV for a few reasons. First, jumbo bags of food aren’t easily stored in tight spaces. Second, open bags could attract unwanted critters or tempt your pups to get into trouble if not kept out of their reach! And, of course, everything needs to be stored and sealed securely before you pull out of the driveway.
A lightweight, collapsible bowl is perfect for outdoor lifestyles. These rubber bowls are easy to pack in your pup’s adventure backpack for days outside exploring and they won’t scoot across the floor of your RV like metal or plastic bowl might.
Let your dog carry his own toys, treats and water in an adventure puppy backpack. Your back will thank you – and, if he’s a hiking dog, he won’t mind! They come in all sizes, so you can choose the style that best fits your pup without weighing him down too much.
Plus, everyone knows a tired dog at the end of the day is a good dog – two benefits in one!
Dog seat cover
Keep muddy paws off your car seats with a waterproof dog seat cover. Some are hammock style for bench seats, while others cover the trunk of an SUV, so your pup stays safe in the back.
Another vehicle accessory that doubles to keep your pup safe is a seat belt harness that clips onto your regular seat belts. Otherwise, some dog owners like to use a travel kennel to keep everyone in their spots while driving.
Outdoor dog bathers
It’s hard enough to keep the house clean with a dog running around, let alone the RV while camping in the wilderness. Mud stays outside of your RV with a specialty outdoor dog-grooming tool. This hose and brush combo plugs into your outdoor taps to deep clean their fur.
Puppy float coat
Not all dogs like to swim—shocking, we know! Some pups are a little wary of the water, so keep them safe when you’re playing by the lake with their own doggy float coat. There are plenty of options to choose from, but they are all essentially a four-legged life jacket for pets.
Aside from these fun extras, make sure you always have your pet’s important basics with you like their leash, collar and tags, supplements and medications, and also their health documents in case of emergency. However, there are a few more things to pack if you’re travelling to the US with your pets.