Van Life with Kids: sCAMPer Van to the rescue

Van Life with Kids: sCAMPer Van to the rescue

No tent to set up. No unpacking. No hauling gear into a primitive site. Everything is there and ready to use. Campervans make camping easier and more accessible for anyone, especially those camping with kids.

It had been two years since we hit the road in a campervan. The pause was reasonable, due to having our son, Summit. Prior to Summit joining the family, we were full time “van lifers” one full year, and then on and off for months at a time for a second year.

We were no strangers to van camping, and had always had our faithful canine companion, Luna, traveling along with us. Now that Summit was nearly two years old, we were feeling the itch to get out again and decided to plan an inaugural campervan trip for the entire family.

Gearing up to hit the road in a van rental

Planning any trip with a toddler is daunting. We didn’t have our own campervan any longer, so we decided to look into a rental option. Through ExploreVanX’s massive business directory , we were able to find a reputable campervan rental agency within a few hours’ drive of our brick-and-mortar home base. Most campervan rentals even allow pets, so it was easy to find an option that allowed Luna to join in on the fun! What’s a good van camping trip without your trusted dog, anyways?

We decided to partner with sCAMPer Van out of Atlanta, GA for our week-long trip. The rental agency offered what looked like the perfect setup for van life with kids. This left us only to worry about making Summit’s first campervan adventure a positive experience.

Best Parts of the Rental Campervan

Our young ExploreVanX family thoroughly enjoyed sCAMPer Van's rental. The specific van we rented was ironically named VanX being their 10th in the fleet. We loved the way the van was laid out and found it to meet the needs of van life with our son well. It had a queen size bed in the back and an additional seat that could sit two more people, which also folds out into an additional full size bed.

The double seat was in our opinion, the best addition to the van because of the ease of installation and removal of a car seat. This is something non-negotiable when traveling with a toddler. It was also a high quality seat, and we trusted it in the unlikely event of an accident to keep Summit in place and safe. It also allowed our pup Luna to have a seat of her own.

The campervan rental came with a lithium battery bank that has multiple plug-ins throughout the van. It also had a pump sink with fresh and grey water tanks. It was a basic but extremely functional set up. Perfect for a campervan rental with kids for a week, although if you were living on the road with kids full time, a more robust setup would be helpful.

If you are more used to tent camping the best thing you can count on when camping in a van is the ease of setting up camp. Steps are:

  1. Pull in
  2. Set up chairs
  3. You're done!

No tent to set up. No unpacking. No hauling gear into a primitive site. Everything is there and ready to use. Campervans make camping easier and more accessible for anyone, especially those camping with kids.

Wrapping Up: Van Life (Reality) with Kids

After six days in the campervan rental, we set out for the 6+ hour trip to drop off the campervan and head home. Summit slept most of this ride surprisingly and we made it home just fine.

As our first time experiencing van life with a toddler, we found that distance driving was definitely the hardest part for Summit. When we traveled in a camper van full time before, it was easy for us to drive 3-4 hours a day, stopping at 3-4 hikes or locations to stretch out our legs as needed. The longer driving times weren’t an option with Summit unless he was sleeping, so we had to adapt plans to allow for more breaks.

Our biggest question about van life with kids had always been if we could do van life or not comfortably with a toddler. Thanks to sCAMPer Van, we can happily say yes after this trip with Summit! The campervan rental we used was great, but would not be ideal for a long term living space in a van with kids. We will dive into that in another blog!

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Renogy solar

WhereSafe GPS

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