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Peaceful Traveling with Children Hibbing MN

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.

Iron Trail RV Park & Campground
(800) 711-7789
Chisholm, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Laundry

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Hayes Lake State Park
(218) 425-7504
Wannaska, MN
Campground Availability
May thru Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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George Washington State Forest (Thistledew Lake Campground)
(218) 254-7979
Togo, MN
Campground Availability
15-May thru 15-Sep
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Eagle Cliff Campground & Lodging
(507) 467-2598
Lanesboro, MN
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 1-Dec
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, River Swimming, Float Trips, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Riverview Campground
(507) 451-8050
Owatonna, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, River Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Minnesota Valley State Park
(952) 492-6400
Jordan, MN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
River Fishing, Bike Rentals, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Superior National Forest (East Bearskin Lake Campground)
(218) 388-4410
Grand Marais, MN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Fishing Guides, Bike Rentals, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Captain Dan's Crow's Nest Resort
(320) 679-1977
Mora, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Play Equipment, Basketball, Volleyball

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Superior National Forest (Echo Lake Campground)
(218) 666-5251
Orr, MN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Lakes Area Motel & RV Park
(800) 733-1793
Alexandria, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 30-Oct
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Playground, Volleyball

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Peaceful Traveling with Children

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February 20, 2010 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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