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Our Internet Solution in the RV

When we first started on this full time RV journey, one of the main things we were concerned about was internet. We had no intention of giving up our internet usage. At first, we just used internet for personal use likes social media and video sites, that sort of thing. Eventually, our use expanded with this blog, some photography I was doing and now my husband’s two jobs. So what do we use for internet? 

Well, we decided to keep it simple and easy. Our phones and my tablet would be used. We had 10GB data on each phone and 6 GB on my tablet. That seemed to work for over a year, just using our phones and tablet and then using our hotspot on anything we needed the laptop for (mostly editing photos and final adjustments to any blog post.) However, when my husband started to be more active online with his jobs, he started running out of data on his phone. So the decision was made to upgrade our phone plan to unlimited data for the phones. (We left the tablet at 6GB because we are receiving that data for free due to a promotion.)

The unlimited data did add an extra $20 a month to our bill, but since we just paid off both our phones, our monthly cell phone bill actually went down! Now, we are happily using this method for our internet usage and it works fantastic! We have no issue and don’t have to worry about a separate internet bill. If we absolutely have to have wifi for something (software updates) we do those on Sundays while we are at church (free wifi!), or we’ll head to the closest Starbucks or McDonalds if it’s needed mid week.

One thing to mention is that we do have T-Mobile, which has great reception in the Pacific Northwest. Traveling can make signal reception a little dicey, so we would look into getting a cell booster to help. Since we’re not traveling at the moment, no cell booster needed! Also, if our personal hotspot on our phones started slowing down our service like crazy, we would probably look into getting a mobile hotspot as well.

So, this is our solution to internet while in a RV. It works fantastic for us and the only time we’d probably look into different internet options is if we started uploading videos. Since we haven’t started that yet, we are good to go!

What do you use for internet in your RV?

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Top 5 Items for RVing with a Toddler

With four young children, I seem to have most stages covered. I have an infant, two toddlers and one school aged child. All I’m missing is a preteen and a teenager! However, I’m in no hurry for them to grow up. While I dealt with the top items for a newborn already, I haven’t mentioned the toddlers yet. We have two toddlers, one girl and one boy. These are the items we’ve found extremely useful for them and we use these on a daily basis.

Potty Seat

I have found that for potty training, it is easier to have a potty training seat that goes straight on the toilet. We tried a potty training chair and found that we tripped over it often, it felt gross having it lying around and they wanted to use the big toilet anyways. So we ditched the potty training chair and now stick with the seat cover. It works great.

Foot Stool

This foot stool is amazing! It folds up for easy storage, yet is simple to use. It gets used daily for potty training, hand washing and for helping mom and dad cook. I also use it for reaching the higher
shelves in the pantry (the woes of a short person!)

Folding High Chair

I saw one of these mentioned online and knew it would be perfect for us! I managed to find one on Amazon and just had to get it! It’s basically a high chair that functions just like a camp chair. There’s even a small tray that can be removed for washing. This is one of my favorite things that we’ve ever purchased for the RV! We can also take this with us to a family or friends house that don’t have a high chair.

Waterproof Mattress Cover

When you’ve got little in diapers, these are invaluable! While the bunks we have are not a standard size, we find that the twin size works great for the beds. We have multiple of these for changing out beds between wash days as needed.

Bumbo

This little chair has come in handy. Mostly used for giving a kid a slight boost at the table, we also use it for extra seating around the campfire and a great place to give an active toddler boy his haircuts. It really comes in handy. (Even as a toy! The kids love sticking a recess ball in the bumbo and then jumping on the ball like a trampoline.)

These are the top items we have for toddlers in our RV. Each is very useful and completely worth the space they take up (even on the days when I kick the Bumbo away from my feet in frustration after tripping over it for the third time).

What would you use in a RV for a toddler?

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5 Road Trip Tips with Young Children

Recently, our family of five went on a road trip from Houston to Seattle. We were in Texas for a family reunion and decided last minute to buy a car and drive back home. Seeing as we had three young children (3, 1 and 2 months; all in diapers) and no vehicle (we’d been borrowing my parent’s car), this was actually a pretty good idea. We had flown to Texas and I didn’t like it at all. So, after the fun of buying the car, now we had to figure out the logistics of transporting our family cross-country with no preparation.

First was packing our small duffel bag with all the clothing essentials for the trip. This would let us bury the bulky suitcases and not have to move them. Next up was a grocery trip. Here, we bought drinks, snacks and sandwich fixings for the journey. The grandparents donated an ice chest, so that was taken care of. All that was left was packing everything up and heading out. We learned a few things and wanted to share them with you!

1. Buy groceries for the trip

We only planned for one meal a day to be eaten out. This saved us lots of money on food in the long run. Plus, since we had bought plenty of fresh fruit, cheese, meat and crackers, there was plenty to give the girls whenever they were hungry, instead of making them wait for meal time or having to buy expensive, crappy junk food from the gas station we were at. 

2. Pack necessities in an easy to reach bag

The last thing you want to do when you stop (especially when it’s cold) is to be digging through tons of stuff to find what you need. Pack everything you need in a smaller bag, you’ll be glad you did!

3. Pack lots of extra clothes

There would be times when the children would sleep, so we’d keep driving and driving to stop and find out that the kids had leaked their diapers. We used all the clothes we packed and could have used even more! Next time, we’ll make sure the children’s suitcase is the easiest to access! 

4. Kids don’t need as much entertainment as you would think

Our two oldest barely played with anything on the trip. Neither did they have movies to watch. They both had a bag full of their new Christmas toys to play with, plus coloring supplies and books. Instead, they mostly slept or played with their clothes, legs or shoes.

5. Make sure you take a long rest stop a couple times a day

A lot of the stops were just filling up with gas, changing diapers and handing out food. However, we made a point to have a few rest stops a day where we let the kids really run around and burn off energy. This helped keep the whining at bay when in the car and kept up mama’s spirits too! 

Our family had a blast road tripping across the US and hope to definitely do it again in the future. (I’m rooting for this winter, when HoneyBear has three to four weeks off at a time…fingers crossed!) The kids were easy, the miles flew by and we had lots of fun! 

Would you want to travel with your young kids?