How to Plan a Terrific RV Christmas Vacation

Updated on September 13, 2017
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I have traveled extensively throughout the US for many years and enjoy helping people to enjoy their own vacations.

A few years ago my husband and I decided that we’d had enough of the Christmas craziness and decided to plan a getaway vacation in our RV.

We knew, of course, that doing this required some serious advance organization so that we could use our trip as an excuse for turning down invitations for dinners and parties we really preferred not to attend, anyhow.

People understand that you will “be away”, but they never understand that you simply don’t want to come to their social events!

Here is the plan we came up with, and I’ve go to tell you, it worked beautifully!

Directions for planning that perfect RV Christmas getaway.
Directions for planning that perfect RV Christmas getaway. | Source

Pick a Good Vacation Spot

Using your coach as a "getaway wagon" will allow you to drive right out of all the stresses that are involved with cooking, cleaning, entertaining, shopping and having to eat meals with people you really don’t like or who make you uncomfortable.

This alone should be enough to make you want to go!

The plan you make needs to give you the best parts of the holiday season while at the same time eliminating those elements of it that were making it a drudgery every year.

For this reason you should choose a vacation spot that will be festive, offer fun activities, have cheap camping and good restaurants.

Reserve Early

Take a hard look at your calendar to see how much time you will have for your vacation.

Then decide where you want to go, firm up your travel dates and make sure to include Christmas and New Years in the e mix.

Once you know your destination, reserve a conveniently located site

Popular campgrounds fill up quickly during special times, so making plans far in advance will guarantee you a campsite.

Choose a vacation spot that is beautiful and offers many types of activities.
Choose a vacation spot that is beautiful and offers many types of activities. | Source

Give Advance Notice

Letting people know your plans far in advance is the key to creating a good holiday and avoiding hurt feelings.

A two month advance notice that you will not be available to participate in holiday events is the least you should provide.

While giving this notice, make sure that everybody understands this to mean no dinners, parties or gift exchanges.

Deal With Gifting Firmly

Excluding gifting will be the most difficult part of this plan, but doing this is essential to eliminating the majority of your holiday stress.

  • If people balk, explain that dealing with gift giving at the same time you are packing for a trip would make things too chaotic for you.
  • If some people choose not to understand, that’s on them. You have the right to be able to take some time off, leave holiday stress behind and just relax, so don’t let the naysayers put a damper on your plans.

The real truth is that by eliminating a gift exchange, you are actually doing your friends and relatives a favor. You are saving them time, work and money, so don’t feel guilty..

Besides, you should want to leave for your vacation relaxed and happy, not exhausted and upset!

Shopping for gifts, wrapping them and delivering them is a lot of work and can be very stressful.
Shopping for gifts, wrapping them and delivering them is a lot of work and can be very stressful. | Source

Prep and Send Cards Early

Do, however, make sure to send holiday greetings to everybody you care about.

You can make this task easy and relatively stress free by preparing the cards in October and mailing them right after Thanksgiving.

  1. Set up your lists ahead of time,
  2. buy your cards,
  3. write and address them a few at a time each day and
  4. stamp them.

The day after Thanksgiving all you have to do is put them in the mailbox!

If you don't have enough leftover cards from last year or if the stores are not stocking them yet, you can order some right now from Amazon.

There are many types from which to choose, but I prefer to buy the more traditional ones like those displayed in the ad below because they show photos of home and hearth. I buy them every year because I want the recipients to get that warm, fuzzy feeling they are meant to convey. However, you may prefer to buy those with other themes.

What's great about ordering cards through Amazon is that you can browse through the options, order those you like and then have them delivered directly to your home.

If you don't want to purchase cards (or don't have enough of them on hand) you can make use Ecards instead. These are very easy to use and can save you a ton of work.

A free site called 123Greetings allows people to send one card to as many as 100 people!

If you already have people’s email addresses, you can easily set up a mailing as far as three months in advance. The whole job will take less than an hour.

I use both methods and save time and money doing so.

Family Tradition Boxed Christmas Cards - Set of 15
Family Tradition Boxed Christmas Cards - Set of 15

I love cards like this one that remind me of simpler times when Christmas meant families joining together for a lovely meal while watching snow fall outside.


Limit the Decorations

Bear in mind that if you are leaving town, you don’t need to decorate the house. You can put a wreath on the front door if you like, but that will be all you’ll need to do.

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, you can buy a small set of RV Christmas lights and hang them on your RV awning once you settle into your campsite.

Most campground have residents love to decorate, and the parks usually also do a lovely job of decorating their clubhouses and grounds. The attached videos give you a good example of this.

What is nice is that you don't have to do much of the work. You can just enjoy the decorations!

Plan Your Holiday RV Meal

One of the best things about the holidays is food.

Some campground residents get together and prepare holiday dinners, but others do not. Ask before you go so that you'll know whether you need to cook or not.

If you do have to cook. you can create terrific meals simply by using your crock pot and microwave oven.

  • Prepare a turkey breast or some pre cooked ham,
  • instant mashed potatoes,
  • instant stuffing mix,
  • warm and serve dinner rolls,
  • cranberry sauce,
  • sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping,
  • veggies of choice,
  • pumpkin pie with whipped cream,

and you're done!

This makes a delicious meal and allows for leftovers you can enjoy for several days. Cleanup is easy, too.

This meal will also provide an opportunity to invite a few people to join you, because there will be plenty of food.

Conversely, you can order a prepared meal from many supermarkets or can dine out.

Use Your RV to Escape!

One of the best things about owning an RV is that you can use one to go just about anywhere you like for any amount of time that is available to you.

Your getaway does not have to be far, it just needs to be in a place where people can't reach you.

Turn off your cell phones, turn on your TV or a CD, have a nice glass of wine and just relax.

You'll quickly see that taking a Christmas trip in your RV will be the best holiday you've ever had, and you'll quickly realize that this is something you should try to do every year!

Enjoy your holidays!

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© 2017 Sondra Rochelle


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    Sondra Rochelle 5 months ago from USA

    Stephanie: For many, their RV IS home! This meal is very easy to prepare, especially if you make the turkey in a crock pot. Can't wait to go again!

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    Sondra Rochelle 5 months ago from USA

    I always say "to each his own", but you should bear in mind that not everybody has grandchildren and not everybody likes the "hoopla" of the holidays. Thanks for commenting.

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    Stephanie Henkel 5 months ago from USA

    I like your easy holiday meal. Good food with familiar ingredients is always comforting and gives you a feeling of "home".

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    Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

    No grandkids? No shared special times? No thanks. Getting away is easy (well, not really) all the other weeks of the year. But at Christmas time, when the world takes time to contemplate "what could life be like?" I will choose to be in that discussion with those I cherish.

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    Sondra Rochelle 5 months ago from USA

    Stephanie Henkel: That is exactly what I'm talking about. I like the music idea, but did include a basic holiday meal recipe in the hub. Easy peasy! Nice to see you again!

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    Stephanie Henkel 5 months ago from USA

    We've spent many Christmases in our RV far from our families and friends. There are certainly advantages in avoiding the whole decorating, gift-giving, cooking scene! When we are far from "home" during the holidays, we do like to be in a place where we can join in to a pot luck with other RV'ers or attend a low key Christmas Eve gathering at the clubhouse. One way to keep the holiday festive is to find out where there are Christmas lights to view or attend a Christmas concert. Be sure to take along some holiday music to play in your RV and maybe ingredients for a traditional holiday recipes.