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Family RV Campgrounds Idaho Falls ID

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.

Snake River RV Park & Campground*
(866) 862-3266
1440 Lindsay Blvd
Idaho Falls, ID
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pool, Hot Tub, Stream Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Heise Hot Springs
(208) 538-7944
Ririe, ID
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, River Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies, Putting Green, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, REC Open to Public

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Idaho Panhandle National Forests (Garfield Bay Campground)
(208) 255-5681
Garfield Bay, ID
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Teton Mountain View Lodge & RV Park
(208) 456-2741
Tetonia, ID
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Hot Tub, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Joseph T. Fallini Campground (Formerly Mackay Reservoir BLM)
(208) 756-5400
Mackay, ID
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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7N Ranch
(208) 538-5097
Ririe, ID
Campground Availability
15-Apr-15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, River Fishing, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Mountain River Ranch Sportsman RV Park*
(208) 538-7337
98 N 5050 E
Ririe, ID
Campground Availability
May-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, River Swimming, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Targhee National Forest (Buttermilk Campground)
(208) 558-7658
Island Park, ID
Campground Availability
18-May thru 15-Sep
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing

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Oregon Trail Campground
(208) 733-0853
Twin Falls, ID
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Escort to Site, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Play Equipment, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Lake Walcott State Park
(208) 436-1258
Rupert, ID
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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RV Traveling with Children

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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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