Travel Tips

RVing Dur­ing the Hol­i­days

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - Contents - By Cas­san­dra Red­ding

HERE ARE SOME TIPS

Pack Early. One of the big­gest mis­takes peo­ple make when go­ing RVing dur­ing the hol­i­days is the pack at the last minute, which never works out well. If you are re­ally look­ing for­ward to go­ing some­where dur­ing the hol­i­days, make sure to pack all the nec­es­sary items well in ad­vance in or­der to re­duce the chances of for­get­ting any­thing.

Plan Ahead. To carry out a suc­cess­ful RV trip re­quires a lot of plan­ning. If you think that you can plan the en­tire trip only within a few days, you are likely wrong. Give your­self a few weeks for plan­ning, oth­er­wise, it may not be the hol­i­day you want. More time plan­ning will al­low you to in­clude all the items you need to make the hol­i­day spe­cial, for ex­am­ple, your stock­ings, can­dles and dec­o­ra­tions.

Book in Ad­vance. You won’t be the only ones camp­ing dur­ing the hol­i­day as it is a very pop­u­lar time, so book your camp­site well in ad­vance. In fact, as soon as the idea of a RV trip comes to mind, you should start think­ing about book­ing a camp­site in or­der to avoid pay­ing ex­tra for the only spot left to book.

Re­mem­ber Tra­di­tions. To make your RV hol­i­day as fan­tas­tic as pos­si­ble, take some time to fig­ure out how you can adapt your hol­i­day rit­u­als to fit the RV ex­pe­ri­ence. Dec­o­rate your RV with tin­sel, lights and small wreaths. Maybe you can’t have the same size tree as at home, but put up a small tree on a ta­ble and dec­o­rate it with a few sim­ple touches. Per­haps with some new sou­venirs you’ve picked up on your trav­els. You can still sing car­ols – per­haps over the glow of your flash­light or lan­tern in­stead of the fire­place at home.

Adapt the Cook­ing and Bak­ing. Can you cook a hol­i­day din­ner over the camp­fire or in a Dutch oven? Per­chance a small chicken in­stead of a tur­key - or pos­si­bly you can or­ga­nize din­ner with your fel­low RVers and each take on a hol­i­day favourite. Many camp­grounds that are open for the hol­i­days also hold hol­i­day events and put on a spe­cial meal. Make the most of your hol­i­day by cel­e­brat­ing with the new friends you’ll meet at the com­mu­nal ta­ble.

Be Pre­pared. RVers should al­ways carry an emer­gency kit that in­cludes items such as blan­kets, a first aid kit, flash­lights, matches, and wa­ter. But, it’s even more im­por­tant dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, when poor weather is much more com­mon.

En­joy the Weather. If you fol­low the sun to a spe­cial snowbird lo­cale like Florida, Ari­zona, Cal­i­for­nia or Mex­ico, you will have plenty of op­por­tu­nity to be out­side. Cel­e­brate the hol­i­day by jump­ing in the pool or ocean – in­stead of that cold pile of snow.

Be Thank­ful. Re­mem­ber how lucky you are to be able to live the RV life­style. It’s a def­i­nite priv­i­lege that not ev­ery­one can par­take in, and even though you may be far from home and what you are used to, you are on an ad­ven­ture. There are many ways to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son while RVing – just re­mem­ber that even though you might not be home, you can still find, and cre­ate, plenty of hol­i­day cheer, lights and magic.

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