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Traveling with children a long distance can be a real trial, but it doesn't have to be. Here are top 5 suggestions of how to keep them happy and yourself sane on a family trip.

Sand Dunes State Forest (Ann Lake Campground)
(763) 878-2325
Zimmerman, MN
Campground Availability
Apr thru Nov
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Minneapolis NW KOA Campground*
(763) 420-2255
10410 Brockton Ln N
Maple Grove, MN
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 15
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Country Camping RV Park
(763) 444-9626
Isanti, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Pool, River Swimming, Float Trips, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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St. Croix State Park
(320) 384-6591
Hinckley, MN
Campground Availability
May thru Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
River Swimming, Canoeing, River Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Carley State Park
(507) 932-3007
Plainview, MN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, River Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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River Terrace Park*
(763) 295-2264
1335 River Street West
Monticello, MN
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 30
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Ham Lake Campground
(763) 434-5337
Ham Lake, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Age Restriction, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Ham Lake Campground Inc
(800) 421-7116, (763) 434-5337
2400 Constance Boulevard
Ham Lake, MN
Campground Availability
143 Total Camp/RV Sites, 143 Electric and Water,
Services
Laundry, Store,
Recreation
Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Playground,

Fritz's Resort, Campground & Golf Course
(218) 568-8988
Nisswa, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Tennis, Basketball, Golf Nearby, REC Open to Public

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Minneopa State Park
(507) 389-5464
Mankato, MN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Stream Fishing, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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by RA Manseau · 2 Comments  

Three children in car

ARE WE THERE YET? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if those words had never been invented! Traveling with children a long distance can be a real trial, but it doesn’t have to be. I have raised four children and have six grandchildren and I love taking them with me. I have learned what works well, what works for a while and what not to bother trying. (Don’t bother telling them to be quite or still! They really can’t do either very long.) Here are my top 5 suggestions of how to keep them happy and yourself sane on a family trip.

Preparations for Traveling with Children

Snacks

Children are always hungry and thirsty. It will cut down the whining if they don’t have to go hungry and thirsty the whole trip. When packing for the family trip plan mess free snacks, stay away from chocolate or any other melty sticky gooey food stuff that you don’t want to clean off the seats, floors and windows. Bring bottled water, and a felt tip pen to mark names on bottles. Don’t bring anything in the car that when spilled will make a sticky stain. Doesn’t Natural Law state, “The messier the mess the more likely the spill?”

Allow extra time

Depending on just how far your family trip is and how much time you have. Plan time for scheduled restroom breaks. Don’t let restroom stops be optional! If you plan restroom stops at even intervals and make everyone get out of the car and “try” to go, you will have a lot less, “But, I didn’t have to go then.” Even with scheduled stops there will be times when traveling with children that they need to “go.” And, there isn’t anything to do then but stop the car. But if you make them at least try to go potty at the scheduled stops, you will find the necessity for unplanned stops greatly reduced.

Little girl in puddle

Take extra clothes

It is inevitable that if you don’t take extra clothes on your family trip, you will end up at the store buying them or have a child that is cold and miserable for hours. Children spill, fall down, find puddles and wet there pants. That is just the way they are, they really can’t help it! Bring a plastic bag to put the wet clothes into so they aren’t soaking into the carpet or worst case scenario, stinking up the car. It only takes an extra few minutes of preparation to save a lot of bother later.

On the Family Trip

Be free

Family trips are about everyone in the family having a good time. Children love to feel empowered and free. They love to think that you put everything on hold for them. One of the best memories I hear my children talk about was a time when we were on a 6 hour drive home and we passed a sign on the freeway that said, “Zoo next exit” They were tickled pink when I said, “Do you want to go to the zoo?” The choice was theirs, they were empowered, and by doing something totally off the plan they felt free. (So did I) We got home a little later than I had planned and I was tired the next day. But, I wo...

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