How to Celebrate the Holidays While Traveling in an RV

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Traveling in a Motorhome or Trailer

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With the holidays nearly upon us, there are probably more than a few of us who will be spending time in our RVs in the coming weeks. While that is always a fun experience, it can be extra magical during this very special time of year. Here are some tips on how to embrace the season and get the most out of your yuletide travels.

Visit Family and Friends

The holidays are the perfect time to visit friends and family while traveling in your RV. Hitting the road in your RV gives you some versatility and spontaneity when making your travel plans, allowing you to adjust your schedule as needed. Plus, there is nothing like having your own personal space to escape to after spending time with relatives. You could even host a holiday gathering in your vehicle if you’re feeling ambitious.

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Go Someplace Snowy

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas but don’t have any snow where you live, pack up the camper and get moving. Some parts of the country have received significant snowfall already this year and will likely have more before the holidays have come and gone. Don’t forget to pack your sled!

Decorate Your RV

Whether you’re at home or traveling in your RV, holiday decorations can help get you into the holiday spirit. By adding some lights, garland, and a wreath, you can create a very festive mood. You can even add a Christmas tree—inside or out of your vehicle—so Santa has a place to leave the presents.

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Prepare a Holiday Meal in Your RV

One of the best things about the holidays is enjoying decadent snacks and meals that only come around once a year. You don’t have to give those up just because you’re traveling in your RV, although you may have to get a little creative. Not all recreational vehicles have a large kitchen, so you’ll have to plan accordingly. But plan ahead, use whatever resources you have at your disposal, and have fun. You might just surprise yourself with your campground culinary creations.

Enjoy Holiday Music and Movies

This is the time of year to enjoy your favorite holiday music, TV shows, and movies because they tend to vanish when the New Year rolls around. Streaming music and video services have plenty of options to choose from, but if you’re camping off-grid, bring some CDs and DVDs instead. Nothing beats listening to classic Christmas songs while relaxing at the campsite.

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Look for Local Holiday Activities

Every city, state, and region has its own holiday traditions and activities. When visiting a new area, search online to find out what is happening there. Chances are, you’ll discover elaborate light shows, parades, live musical events, and other fun things to see and do. By joining in on these activities, you might learn something new about the holiday season and add a few traditions to your annual celebration.

Go Caroling in the RV Park

If you’re staying in an RV park, there is a good chance there will be plenty of others there looking for ways to celebrate the season. Why not gather up a few new friends and make the rounds singing some classic Christmas carols? It will set a festive mood throughout the campground and spread cheer to other travelers who are spendnig the holidays away from home too.

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Take Advantage of Your RV’s Features

While traveling in your RV for the holidays, be sure to take advantage of its features that can help make the season special. For instance, if your vehicle has a fireplace, hang some stockings from the mantle and gather around to enjoy the extra warmth. If your kitchen has an oven, why not bake some Christmas cookies? Stock your fridge with eggnog, add lights to your awning and hang mistletoe from the ceiling. In other words, get creative and make your home on wheels as holiday-friendly as possible.

Look for Volunteer Opportunities

While the holidays are always a time for celebrating the season with loved ones, it is also about giving back and helping those in need. You can do that, even if you’re not spending the season at home. A quick online search is likely to reveal ways to volunteer in the community that you are visiting. You’ll probably find a number of nonprofits, churches, community centers, and other organizations that prepare meals, organize gift and food drives, or offer additional services for the less fortunate. By donating a few hours of your time, you can positively impact the lives of those who may be struggling this year, making it a brighter, happier time for everyone.

As you can see, with a little effort and imagination, you can celebrate the holiday season in your RV in style. Make your living space as warm and inviting as you would at home, and embrace the special activities and traditions that make this the most wonderful time of the year. Who knows, your new tradition may be to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year from your motorhome every year.

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