Whether you’re parked at an RV site or headed down the highway, consider decorating your RV. If you’re parked you can add lights to the outside, put up a small Christmas tree, stockings, signs and more! If you’re driving consider adding some decorations to the dash and putting a wreathe on the grill of your RV. It will all help add to the festivity of the season!
2. WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE
Set up a white elephant gift exchange in your RV park. Everyone can bring a dish to share as they enjoy friends and fun! If you’ve never had a white elephant party before, you’re in for a real treat and lots of laughs. Have everyone bring a wrapped gift worth no more than $15 (or whatever limit you choose). Have all your guests pick numbers out of a hat, they will open gifts in that order. After the first person goes, subsequent people can choose to steal another person’s gift or unwrap a new one. The person who had their gift stolen gets to open another. Get ready for lots of fun!!!
If you can’t be with family for the holidays, why not spend them volunteering? Check with local shelters, soup kitchens and nonprofits to see how you can get involved. Giving to others will help get you in the holiday spirit and you never know what you’ll get back when you decide to give.
4. COOK HOLIDAY MEALS
Cooking in your RV can be stressful, especially when you’re making big meals. For the holidays, think outside the box to create some of your favorite traditional meals. You can also consider hosting a potluck with your RV neighbors so each of you only has to make one dish!
5. GO TO THE BEACH
If you’re RV camping in Florida, do something crazy and spend the holiday at the beach. There will be less people and the weather will be perfect. With the average temperature in December right around 60 degrees, you can’t go wrong. Plus all your northern friends will get jealous when you’re relaxing at the beach and they are shoveling snow.
6. GIVE EXPERIENCES, NOT GIFTS
If you’re tight on space in your RV, consider giving each other experiences instead of presents. Research the area you’re staying in and find fun things to do together. Maybe splurge on an outing you normally wouldn’t go on or eat at a fancy restaurant. Whatever you choose to do, just remember to make memories and take lots of pictures!
7. ATTEND LOCAL CHRISTMAS EVENTS
Enjoy the city you’re in by attending some local Christmas events. Many cities have events calendars that will let you know what’s happening on what day. In Florida, we love Christmas events because it helps get us in the spirit when the weather isn’t so cold.
8. ATTEND EVENTS IN YOUR RV PARK
Most RV parks host events for the guests. Find out when the events are and get out to them. You’ll never regret spending time with neighbors, and you’ll have lots of fun doing it! If there aren’t any events, plan some yourself with friends!
9. USE TECHNOLOGY
Far from family? Don’t forget to make technology work for you. Skype with friends and family, share photos through social media, call and text! Even just a few minutes will shorten the miles. If you’re a grandparent, ask your children to set up a phone in the living room and turn on Skype so you can watch your grandchildren open presents. Or schedule a time where all of your family can connect on Google Hangouts. Technology is as creative as you are.
10. ENJOY THE SIMPLE THINGS
Christmas today is so easily characterized by shopping, stress and the insatiable need for more. Whether you’re seasoned at celebrating the holidays in your RV or this is your very first, relish in the simplicity of it all. You get to enjoy the season, the music, the food, the fun, the songs and the spirit, all without the stress. You get to sit back and remind yourself to be grateful for everything you do have, instead of remembering all the things you don’t.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, FROM ALL OF US AT NEWBY FUN RESORTS!
Are we there yet? What parent on a vacation hasn’t heard that phrase two million times? Before you start ripping out your hair, check out some of these ideas for a smoother RV camping trip with kids.
1. OFF ROADING
What screams active lifestyle more than this sports utility stroller? The wheels are made for rougher terrains, like hiking paths and trails. If you love to hike, bring the baby along! These are a great camping solution for people with toddlers who still want to go exploring.
2. EYE SPY
3. CRAWL SPACE
4. WALKING TACO
5. SOLAR S’MORES
6. PEA POD
7. MASON JARS
RV’s are storming the nation as the new way to travel. You get all the comforts of home with all the excitement of the road. But whether you’re traveling across the country, or just a few towns away, there are some tips and tricks to keep yourself safe on your next RV road trip.
1. PLAN YOUR PATH
Before you head out on your next adventure, plan your route. Pull up Google Maps and check out the toll roads, construction zones, and rest stops. You can save your route and check it the day you leave. Google Maps posts real-time updates to their routes, so you’ll know if there are traffic jams, or areas to avoid.
Plus, you can decide whether you want to take highways, or a more scenic route. Just in case, you should print your directions, along with your final destination’s address. Keep a map with you as well, after all, you’re better safe than sorry!
2. REMEMBER THE DOUGH
Bringing some extra money is great for fun and necessity. If you see an awesome diner you want to check out, stop and have lunch. Remember, depending on where you are cash may be necessary. If you travel a lot, it might be a good idea to consider using traveler’s checks or credit cards instead of debit cards.
Credit cards are easier to manage if fraudulent activity occurs. Plus if it’s lost or stolen, you’re not without money (especially if you have some extra cash on hand). Just keep in mind that you should always be cautious when traveling with large amounts of money.
3. DOCS & SOCKS
Whether you’re going across country or across the state, remember to bring along important documents. This can include a driver’s license, passports, insurance cards (health and auto), birth certificates, social security cards, and vehicle registrations. These documents are especially important if you’re crossing any borders.
Okay, maybe this is silly, but don’t forget your socks. No one wants to wear shoes without socks! That makes for smelly feet, and smelly feet are extra dangerous in an RV.
4. PLANNED SPONTANEITY
Wait….what? It’s a good idea to research the different destinations and attractions along your route. Read reviews, check prices, look at their hours of operation. Nothing ruins a spotaneous trip to a museum like realizing it’s closed on Tuesday.
You don’t have to stop at every location, but make a quick “cheat sheet” of information about the different attractions along the way. That way the family can decide whether they want to see it as you get closer. Then you can also rule out that places that are too expensive or aren’t open on the days you’ll be in town. It’s called planned spontaneity (or at least it is now).
5. COMMON SENSE
Common sense is one of those things that’s actually not too common. Whatever you do, just make sure to put common sense first. But still remember to have fun! Be careful when stopping in parts of town that look unsafe. Don’t invite strangers into your RV and make sure to set ground rules, points of contact and emergency plans.
Whatever you do, and where ever the road takes you, make sure to have fun!
Welcome to Florida, where endless summer gives us endless opportunities for RV camping. Sunny days and breezy nights create the perfect scene for your best camping memories yet. But wait! You don’t have an RV! Great news, there are many reputable RV rental services in Florida, but here’s what you need to know before signing on the dotted line.
|Do your research so you get the best deal!|
|This might look nice, but is it worth the price?|
|It won’t be fun, but you’ll be better off when you read the fine print!|
|It had this scratch before, right?|
The first time you set out on the open road in your RV, you have no idea what’s in store. An adventure unfolds before you, a lifestyle forms around you and suddenly you’re hooked. But RV camping isn’t just about having fun, it’s also about change and adaptation. Before you buy that RV, find out the 5 ways RV camping changes you.
1. YOU GET CLOSER TO PEOPLE
Sure, you’ll get closer to the people in your RV, geographically if nothing else. But we are talking big picture. When you travel across the country, you’ll meet people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds and from all places. What you’ll learn is that no matter how you may differ from someone in appearance, background or beliefs, we’re all human at the core and we’re all just doing the best we can. The RV lifestyle gets you closer to people.
2. YOU REALIZE TIME IS PRECIOUS
They say time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s the truth! Time slips past on RV vacations, and suddenly our laughter, joy and fun become fond memories. In our busy world it’s hard to slow down, but when you’re RV camping you can just stop for a moment and take life in. It’s then that you realize time is a precious.
3.YOUR LEARN WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU
Have you ever thought about what you’d take from your house if you could only pack a suitcase? RV camping poses that kind of scenario. You don’t have much space to bring along everything you own, just everything you need. Without all those possessions weighing you down, you’re free to live uninhibited. When you have to strategically choose what you bring, you have a chance to learn what’s really important to you.
4. YOU FIND NEW WAYS TO DO THINGS
RV camping is a community. You’ll learn all kinds of things, whether it’s small like learning to make popcorn over the campfire, or whether it’s big, like learning how to fix your RV’s plumbing. Along your travels you’ll learn a little something from each person you meet. Soon you’ll have an entire repertoire of knowledge that came from people all over the country and the world.
5. COOKING BECOMES AN ART
In a house, you have plenty of place to store food. You can buy plenty of groceries, spices, dry goods and snacks. When you’re camping, you have to work with limited space, both for storage and for cooking. The end result? You learn to make amazing meals on campfires, with limited ingredients and using what you have on hand. It makes you more resourceful and the benefit is that you get delicious meals. Keep learning, friends! And keep making delicious art.
What have you learned on the road?