Canadian children are among the least fit and it’s affecting their brain health as they only score a D+ for overall physical activity.A 2018 ParticipAction study used 14 indicators to determine a report card grade for Canadian children and found that only 35 per cent of five to 17 year olds are getting enough of the recommended physical activity.The study shows that in overall physical education, sedentary behaviour and active play, Canadian kids do poorly, and only scored a B or a B+ for organized sport participation and sleep. Another 2018 study by Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario found that these kids are not only inactive, but they lack the fundamental movement skills, knowledge and motivation to engage in physical activities and play. And only one-third of Canadian kids meet the basic level of physical literacy.One solution during summer vacations that will jumpstart activities and creativity is to rent an RV and hit the road. Exploration is good for children and getting to new destinations stimulates their thinking and learning, and also contributes to brain plasticity, which is the growth of new brain material.Your kids will also connect with nature as you explore the country and you’ll all reconnect as a family. (See the related links below for some itinerary suggestions.)The website outdoorsy.com may have just what you’r looking for. You can search for small camper vans or large RVs for the entire family. Prices average less than hotels per night, and kids will love the quaint accommodation. A comparison by outdoorsy.com of flight costs and hotels versus RVs shows that booking a flight, a car and accommodation at a four-star hotel averages about $800 per night with additional charges for gas. Conversely, an RV rental averages $200 per night with additional costs for gas. Outdoorsy.com has campers and RVs across Canada that can be rented. [Outdoorsy.com]Here are a few steps that can assist in making an RV rental vacation memorable.1. Set some rulesBe sure to take breaks as you head to destinations. Stop every hour or two to stretch your legs. Consider a ban on screen time as you drive so your kids notice what’s outside the windows.2. Set activity goals each dayChallenge your kids to a race in a park, or to climb a tree, or find specific items on a scavenger hunt along the beach. Bring along a soccer ball for impromptu games, or a Frisbee to toss around. Try to have at least one activity each day where kids can run around. Search online for some fun quizzes that you kids can do to learn about where you’re headed. You can find quizzes with quirky facts, science and nature, or entertainment. This is good brain food for these young minds.You can create some quality family time on a camping trip in a van or RV. [Outdoorsy.com]3. Plan an activity itineraryDepending on the trip, you can look ahead and plan to have your kids learn to paddleboard, kayak or canoe. Most often, you can phone ahead to reserve kayaks or other equipment and it gives your kids something to look forward to. If kids balk at some of the activities, let them choose something for the following day. Giving kids the power to make the decisions helps their social skills and team building.4. Bring booksCheck out some books from your local library on a subject pertinent to the trip. Or bring some books the your kids would like. Consider reading instalments where you read to younger children every day. Bring along a Rubik’s Cube, play travel bingo or memory games — anything that stimulates and gets them away from using their phones or tablets. Have them keep a travel journal, and bring crayons or markers for them to illustrate the day’s events. 5. Surprise themWhatever age your kids are, give them some surprises. One way is to purchase some small items at a dollar store or a book store: anything from a small battery-operated fan, to puzzles, pens, books and trinkets. Wrap each item in gift wrap and put them all together in a bag or box. Set a rule that they can open one per day, or let them choose when they can open one. You can even let them decide if they want to open all of them at once, but make a deal with them that they can’t use the phrase, “are we there yet?” if they decide to do that. It’s win, win.