An adult only campervan trip can be exciting, but taking your children to the other side of the world adds a lot to that. Fortunately, you are at the right place, all employees of TotallyCampers are experts when it comes to traveling in campervans and motorhomes with children. Our own knowledge, in combination with the experiences and feedback from customers over the years, means that we can optimally prepare you for your camper trip with kids.
Whether you want to go down-under with your children to Australia or New Zealand, to North America to discover Canada or the USA or go to the bush in South Africa or Namibia. This information helps you to get an idea of what it is like to travel with your children in a campervan. Although this information is not specific to your destination, it is the basic information that is relevant to all our destinations. Your personal travel consultant will of course be happy to share specific information that matches your own travel plans. This can easily be done by e-mail after requesting a quote or by using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
First of all, we discuss the legal side of traveling with (small) children. As the regulations often slightly differ from those in other parts of the world. For example, a child car seat is compulsory for children up to and including 3 years old, a booster seat is compulsory for children aged 4 to 6 years. Of course there are exceptions possible for children who are excessively small / tall or light / heavy. Please note: Using your own child restraint is not legal in most countries, unless you live in the country you travel in.
Not all camper models have the option of installing child seats or booster seats. Within our campervan offer overview we therefore included, per motorhome, if and how many legal anchor points there are. If a camper does not offer the possibility of placing seats, then there are zero (“0”) child seats or booster seats indicated in the overview. In some cases the number of child seats that can be placed differs from the number of booster seats. It is often the case that it is one or the other. For example, it may state that both two booster seats and two child seats can be placed. However, only two anchor points are present. Combinations can often be made. So pay close attention to the number of anchor points, check with your travel consultant so that you can be sure that you are safely on the road with your most precious possession, your little ones.
Different camper types are available depending on your destination. The classic motorhome is our advice for families with small children. Because of the extra luxury, your own toilet and shower and due to the extra interior space you also have a place for indoor activities. If it fits within your travel budget, we recommend that you consider the larger four or even six-person motorhome. Especially because of the extra interior space and the handier sleep layout.
We also offer smaller type four berth hitop campervans, usually built on the Toyota hitop chassis. These are well suitable for travelling with the family on a budget, however, please keep in mind that these vehicles are not that spacious, especially not with the beds set up. There is not much space to shelter if it rains either. Some of these models are longer, wider and higher than the usual hitop camper. These are the “long wheelbase” hitop campers and offer a bit more space and therefore comfort. But, travel budget permitting, nothing beats the good old spacious four or six-berth motorhome when travelling with children!
Many parents let their kids sleep in the top bunk bed (the bed over the cabin). In larger motorhomes, a luggage barrier (elastic net) is usually fitted, and that can be used as a barrier to prevent children rolling out as well. Most of our clients also put their travel bags or suitcases on the bed as an extra barrier which works too. The top bunks are usually very deep and if the kids are sleeping with their heads facing the front of the vehicle, nothing much can happen and the added advantage is that the parents can still have some quality-time after kiddies-bedtime at the back of the camper in the seating area!
Take your children into account during preparation. When putting together an itinerary try to work with a maximum of between 150 and 200 km per day on average. It is an easy one, but take your time. Children experience driving differently, try to build in more stops in the planning to keep the kids happy. Although this takes extra time, it is a nice alternation, there are many children’s playgrounds along most routes, with a café or coffee shop. Remember that a bored or troubled child will influence your own travel experience. A happy child also means happy parents and therefore a successful trip.
Children love adventurous activities. This can easily be achieved with young children: presence at a campfire in the evening, a walk in between or later in the afternoon, where countless wild and less wild animals, large and small, can be seen. Just walking through areas that deviate from the daily scene at home makes a big impression on most children. But children mainly want to play, so make time for this and make use of the many playgrounds that can be found along the route. Visiting a ZOO is also highly recommended, especially since there are often totally different animal species to see (and touch) than is the case at home. And don’t forget to just visit a farm; most farmers are very friendly and willing to show a few things to the kids!
Do you have any questions or would you like advice about campers, travel plans or your travel budget? Then contact us without obligation. You can do this via the contact form or call directly to (+61) 3 90174810. If our office is closed unexpectedly, leave a clear message and repeat your number so that we can call you back.