According to the Department of Transportation, about 91% of holiday travelers and 89% of non-holiday travelers choose to drive, instead of going by air or rail, even though it takes longer to get to their destinations. But for those who have several children in tow, the idea of being crammed in a vehicle with several small children may not be the parents' idea of a good time. The constant questions of how much longer, proclamations of hunger, and endless potty-breaks and/or the need for diaper changes may make staying at home more appealing.
If this sounds like you, but you want to drive to visit faraway relatives for the holidays or visit tourist destinations, consider traveling in comfort and style in a Class B RV. It's a camper van with a raised roof that is tall enough for you to stand up in but small enough to park anywhere. Here are a few other benefits.
No more complaints of boredom
A study conducted by a car manufacturer shows that children start asking, "how much longer," around a half an hour into a car ride, and it's usually due to boredom. Most parents try to resolve this problem in passenger cars by letting their children watch DVDs, but even that can get boring on long rides.
Camper vans have tables, which makes it easier to entertain your children in other ways to reduce boredom. For example, you can use the table in the van to play board games and color in coloring books.
No more stopping at fast food restaurants
Long road trips in cars typically mean eating at fast food restaurants. When children are along for a long ride, they may be too cranky to be presentable in public. The thought of dragging crabby, travel-weary children into a restaurant leads some parents to take the high road straight to a drive-thru window. But you wouldn't have to do either if you have a camper van.
Even though this version of a recreation vehicle is small, they do have kitchens in them. They have a potable water supply storage tank, sink, small refrigerator, several hot plates, cabinets and a countertop. You'll be able to store food and prepare meals for your family. Therefore, you won't have to worry about where to eat while on the road.
No more potty breaks in public bathrooms
Some children have anxiety about using public bathrooms, which can make things challenging when on the road. And Murphy's Law says that things happen at the worst possible times, which includes toddlers and small children saying they really, desperately need to use the bathroom when one won't be available for miles. Fortunately, some camper vans have small bathrooms inside them.
Of course, it's not safe to let your children use the bathroom in the camper van while it is moving. You also have to follow the laws regarding seat belt usage in the states you will be traveling through. You will need to pull off of the roadway, but your family members can use the bathroom without ever exiting the vehicle.
No more looking for diaper changing stations
When traveling with a baby or toddler who hasn't graduated from diapers and training pants to big boy and big girl underwear yet, one thing that is always in the back of parents' minds is whether or not there will be a diaper changing station when pit stops are made. When these stations are available, then parents have to be concerned about the cleanliness and safety of them. You won't have to worry about where to change your baby or toddler when your family travels in style in a camper van.
For more information on Class B RVs and their features, consider contacting companies like Fretz RV.