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Family RV Campgrounds Zebulon NC

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.

Cooper's Mobile Home Park & RV's*
(919) 868-4896
13528 Hwy 70 W
Clayton, NC
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
RV Storage

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William B Umstead State Park
(919) 571-4170
Raleigh, NC
Campground Availability
15-Mar thru 15-Dec
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Rock Ridge Campground
(800) 421-7116, (252) 291-4477
7030B Rock Ridge School Road
Sims, NC
Campground Availability
67 Total Camp/RV Sites, 55 30 Amp Service, 12 50 Amp Service, 67 Electric and Water, 52 Full Hookups,
Services
Dump Station, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Laundry, Propane,
Recreation
Fishing, Playground, Recreation Hall, Swimming Pool,

MILITARY PARK (Cherry Point MCAS Travel Camp)
(252) 466-2197
Havelock, NC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pool, Boating

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Bear Den Campground
(828) 765-2888
Spruce Pine, NC
Campground Availability
1-Mar thru 30-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, 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
Recreation
Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Falls Lake State Rec. Area (Rollingview Campground)
(919) 676-1027
Raleigh, NC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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70 East Mobile Acres & RV Park
(919) 772-6568
Raleigh, NC
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Recreation
Basketball

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MILITARY PARK (New River Rec. Area)
(910) 449-6578
Jacksonville, NC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Salt Water Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Saltwater Fishing, Playground, Volleyball

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Ocracoke Campground)
(800) 365-CAMP
Ocracoke, NC
Campground Availability
3-Apr thru 26-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Grocery
Recreation
Salt Water Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing

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Apple Valley Travel Park*
(828) 685-8000
1 Apple Orchard Rd
Hendersonville, NC
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Nov 01
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball

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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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