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How to Celebrate the Holidays as a Full Time RVer

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The holidays are a magical time and one that can pose specific challenges for full-time RVers. The holidays are all about spending time with family and making the most of the end of the year.

While some people think it’s impossible to do this in an RV, they’ll be happy to know that celebrating the holidays in a camper is fun and easy, though it may be a bit different than many people are used to. Here are some options.

Travel to Family and Boondock in Their Backyard

The first option is simple. Go to your family and friends for the holidays. Most of them will be happy to let you boondock in their driveway or backyard.

You can spend the days with your family and then retire to your RV in the evenings for some peace and quiet. It’s a fantastic way to spend the holidays with family and still have some separation when you need it. 

If you can’t park your RV in their driveway or backyard, consider finding a campground near your family. That way on special days like Christmas or New Year’s Day, you can spend time with the people you love and then head home to your RV once the festivities are over.

Host the Holidays in Your RV

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Another option is to host the holidays in your RV. Invite people to whatever campground you’re staying at and make sure to have everything you need to make the holidays memorable. Here are a few tips and suggestions.

Decorate Your RV

It can feel a little odd to host the holidays in your RV if you don’t decorate at least a little bit. You can hang a wreath on the door, lights around the awning, and do a couple of things inside as well.

While a tree inside the RV is out of the question, you can do other types of decorations inside. Consider some tinsel and some red and white accents like some throw pillows or a blanket. All of these small touches make a difference

Invite the Neighbors Over

The holidays are about giving, and you should let that extend to just being generous to your neighbors. If you’re at a campground with others, consider inviting them over for dinner, have a couple of extra gifts you can give to them, or maybe helping them in some way.

A simple offer of some eggnog or some hot cocoa can go a long way, and you may even make a new friend.

Cook a Meal for Everyone

Make sure to have a good meal for the holidays. Invite plenty of people over, eat well and have a good time. Cooking a holiday meal is no easy feat, but with proper planning and execution, it can be easier than you might think.

If you’re really worried about it, consider having friends and neighbors bring over one small dish with them. Pooling resources like this makes it easy to enjoy a holiday meal with everyone.


How do you celebrate the holidays in your RV? Leave a comment below!

How to celebrate the holidays as a full-time RVer

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