Have plenty of family fun together. You're on vacation, so make the most of your time together. Experiment with different ideas to see what combination of activities strikes the right chord with your crowd. Those things that resonate with your family will become traditions. Here are a few ideas you might try:
- Set up a big cookout on the hibachi
- Declare one night Kids Cook night
- Have a fishing trip with a fish fry/boil
- Read a family classic together
- Eat by candlelight (maybe even bring table linens)
- Play Scrabble, Monopoly, chess, checkers, gin rummy or other games.
- Stage a chili-and-chips party
Whatever your family enjoys will steer you toward traditions.
Leave room for plenty of private moments. You can overdo togetherness. To ensure this doesn't happen, don't overbook yourselves with activities. If everyone has room to be in their own space -- and can do as he/she pleases at least part of every day -- the times you come together will be enhanced.
Make a family memory. Gather photos, found objects, and pictures your children drew and painted on your trip. When you get home, make a tradition of looking at the photos together as a family and putting them in an album or scrapbook with other mementos from your trip. Make sure you shoot a photo in front of and inside your faithful RV, at your campsite(s), and at memorable destinations throughout your trip. One of these images will be the shot you put on display with the others when you dust off the RV next year for another memorable road trip with your favorite open-road companions.