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We’re not parents, though we do consider Wyatt our troublesome teenager. But we both do recall taking long road trips and camping with our families as young kids. In fact these fun family trips may have planted deep seeds long ago that blossomed into our love for this adventurous lifestyle.

Fulltime Families RV Travel Support Group

While we aren’t full-timing with kids of our own, we have met many RVing families on the road. And we do understand how road trips with the entire family can be great fun or lead to unexpected adventures of their own. They can either be fantastic and everybody comes home with great memories, or they can be downright horrible. Whether it’s a two-hour trip to grandma’s house or a week-long stay in the remote Big Bend National Park, road trips with the family are definitely an experience. The difference between a successful family road trip and one that’s not so successful has to do with the way you plan.

Whether your in an RV or the family wagon, read on for some tips to ensure an enjoyable trip for the whole family and a chance to win prizes or cash in the Baby On Board Contest.

Comfort

On long road trips, it’s important that you keep yourself and your kids comfortable. Comfort is the primary reason that kids act up on long road trips, so keeping them comfortable should be of primary concern. For younger kids, make sure you have a quality car seat that will keep them comfortable for long rides. Quality car seats can be expensive, but it’s possible to win one from the baby on board contest. For children that aren’t quite old enough to use the seatbelt on its own, make sure you have a comfortable booster seat.

Comfort goes much further than just having comfy seats, though. Make sure you’re constantly monitoring the temperature inside the car to make sure everybody is happy. Keep some spill free cups of juice in the back seat so your children have easy access to something to satisfy their thirst.

Family Dines Alfresco on RV Road Trip

Food

Hunger can be a major cause of concern on a family road trip. While it’s important that you have more than enough snacks for the road, it’s also important that you plan your meals in advance. Plan to take off from home just before a meal, and pack that meal for the road. If you feed your children right before taking off on the road trip, they’re more likely to need to go to the bathroom before you hit the open road.

While many fast food restaurants now have much healthier options than just a burger and fries in the kid’s meal, a tasty home prepared meal can be more affordable and nutritious. Wraps or are very portable, less messy than sandwiches and can be filled with a wide variety of healthy options. And making homemade Spring Rolls or Sushi rolls can be a fun way to prepare for the road trip together the night before.

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Entertainment

Let’s face it; no matter how much entertainment you provide on the trip, your children will get bored. The best way to provide your children with entertainment for a stress free road trip is to keep them busy with a book or movie. A portable DVD player is a cheap investment for a relaxed road trip, and it may even put your children to sleep!

One good idea is to buy each of your children a few new toys (they can be small) and wrap them like presents. Reward your children for good behavior with a gift, and the bickering in the back seat will no doubt be kept to a minimum. Even playing classic road trip games like I Spy with your children will make the trip go faster, and it will tire them out! Finally, this country is filled with quirky roadside attractions that make for quick fun stops along the way.

Support Group For Fulltime RVing FamiliesWe would be happy to hear from any families with other tips for enjoying stress-free road trips with your kids! Please leave your comments below.

If you’re a family traveling full-time in an RV, we highly recommend connecting with others in the Fulltime Families support group.

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Today we discovered that our wheels can still go round-and-round.

We said goodbye to Livingston this morning and are back in Aggieland for Wyatt’s upcoming vet appointment at Texas A&M on Wednesday. He will have an ultrasound, and it’s going to show us if the heavy antibiotic routine he’s been on since Thanksgiving is actually working. Please keep your paws and fingers crossed for us!

In the meantime, meet one very awesome full-timing family that we got to know at Rainbow’s End: The Carltons, aka Carl and Mary and their kids Grace, Annalea and Sylar.

Meet the Travelling Awesome

This debt-free family of five hit the road in September 2011, when Carl took a job working on rigs in the oil and natural gas industry. Although he often works as many as 30 days in a row in remote drilling locations, in return he often receives an equal amount of days off which allows the entire family to see the country. His job sites change frequently, which means that the kids are able to experience the best of America as they travel from California to Florida and everywhere in-between.

When Carl gets assigned to a new drilling location, Mary and the kids relocate to a new campground that’s convenient to an airport so Carl can fly in and visit during his breaks. The kids pack up their belongings, and Mary fearlessly hauls their 32′ trailer to the next park.

If this story sounds familiar that’s because it is; Escapees was founded by a family who hit the road in the exact same way.

When Escapees founders Joe and Kay Peterson started full-timing in the early 1970s with two of their children, they were breaking new ground as a road tripping family. Back then, few parents would dare to hit the road with kids.

Today’s new generation of families are as courageous as ever. The Carltons have created an incredible lifestyle for themselves, but it hasn’t always been this way: Hurricane Katrina swept away everything they owned in 2005 and they were burdened by serious debt afterward. But thanks to Dave Ramesy’s Financial Peace University, Carl and Mary are thriving now as a debt-free family, and changing their kid’s destiny forever.

Since embarking on this non-traditional lifestyle, the Carltons have learned a lot about the world, but mostly they’ve discovered that being a family doesn’t require a lot of crap stuffed into a sticks-and-bricks house. To this adventurous bunch, home and family happens anywhere you park it.

You can read about the Carlton’s adventures at The Travelling Awesome’s Blog

Thinking of Full-Timing with Kids?

If your dream is to full-time with your family now, check out this great book by Full Time Families founder Kimberly Travaglino, “How to Hit the Road: Making Your Family’s Full Time RV Dreams a Reality.” This terrific book explains how to start making your family’s RV dreams happen. Read more in our How to Hit the Road book review.

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Full-time RVing with kids while working on the road isn’t a new phenomena. For example, Joe and Kay Peterson, the founders of Escapees RV Club were just 42 years old when they hit the road in 1972 with two school-age children and an entrepreneurial spirit. Adventurous families like the Petersons paved the way for today’s free-spirited moms and dads, like Jason and Shianne Condi of HippyMotorsUSA.

These two thirty-somethings recently left upstate New York with their two small children to see America by RV, while operating a decal business from their rig.

Parents Take the Plunge to Full-timing

The Condis operate HippyMotorsUSA.com, which specializes in printing colorful vinyl decals reminiscent of 1960s flower power décor.

HippyMotorsUSA  produces and ships decals from the inside of their rig, which has been modified to house a vinyl plotter, works tables and computer station.

With just a $3,000 investment in startup costs, HippyStickersUSA has blossomed into a thriving enterprise that grows with every turn of the wheel.

Each day the business receives Internet orders from all over the country to embellish everything from delivery vans to Volkswagen Beetles.

With over 2,000 different designs, HippyStickersUSA helps adorn RVs, cars, boats and any vehicle with lettering, fun images and humorous slogans that reflect a driver’s individuality.

Just like the decals they create, the HippyMotorsUSA rig always stands out in a sea of generic RVs.

Whenever the family’s highly decorated rig rolls into a campground, new customers come calling with requests to decorate everything from horse trailers to RV exteriors.

Surviving the Transition

The Condis gave careful thought to the full-timing lifestyle before they actually made the leap. In early 2012, the couple began planning their permanent road trip. They assumed that their home would take at least two years to sell, which would give them enough time to downsize and start the business at home.

But success arrived faster than they anticipated; less than 24 hours after listing their home, a buyer arrived.

Instead of taking the slow road to full-timing, the had a few weeks to downsize, pack up and get on the road. Not to mention they had to pick out their RV and ramp up their new business!

Hitting the road was scary, but “we’ve always wanted to travel,” said Shianne.

“We had an opportunity, and we knew if we didn’t take that opportunity we’d regret it,” Jason added. So in just a few weeks, they sold everything, put the business and their few remaining possessions into their new mobile home office and hit the highway.

“To be out here so soon is really trial by fire but we’re really excited that the business is allowing us to be on the road,” says Jason.

“We’ve conquered a lot in the last year; the business has grown immensely, way more than we ever suspected,” he told us.

Hippy  Motors USA Can Customize Your RV

Be sure to visit HippyMotorsUSA today to customize your RV with fun decals that reflect your fulltiming personality!

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Have you heard of Road Rebelles Radio?

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Resources for Fulltime RVing FamiliesRene and I recently had the pleasure of being guests on this BlogTalkRadio show hosted by Kimberly and Margie from FullTime Families. These young ladies are a hoot! We had such a fun time on their show we wanted to share the podcast with our readers. Listen to the show below or click the iTunes button to download the podcast for listening offline.

Rene and I join the discussion at about ten minutes into the show, but the hour flies by! We share tips for making a living online, ranging from our various workamping experiences and the websites we manage to how we are helping others start and grow their own home based business.

download home based business resource e-bookThe information we discuss for staying debt free and supporting our RV lifestyle can be found in our home based business e-book Income Anywhere! We even provided a free copy to one lucky winner during the show. You can get your own coupon code to download this resource packed 58-page PDF for less than the cost of a grande mocha, simply by sharing this link to our book.

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The friendly folks over at Fulltime Families are in the holiday spirit and want to spread the cheer. They have a special gift for anyone traveling with kids.

FtF has created 24 easy, fun, economical Advent Activities to help families make holiday memories as they countdown to Christmas.

Get your Free 2011 FtF Advent Calendar Here!

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