7 Fun Ways to Have a Green RV Thanksgiving

On the road for Thanksgiving? We know that RVs aren’t the most gas-friendly vehicles, so we came up with some great ideas to help you go green. It will save you money and the environment will be extra thankful you did your part. Here are our 5 ideas to go green while RV camping.

1. RECYCLE ALL THE THINGS!
Finish off an entire carton of butter? Recycle that container! Secretly made boxed mashed potatoes? Hide that box in the recycling bin. Soda lovers? Grab those cans! A few minutes of thought will go a long way to keeping you green this holiday season. Put a smaller trash bag in your RV or outside to collect cardboard, bottles, cans and other recyclables. Many RV communities have recycling centers, pick-up, or recycling drop-offs nearby. 
2. BUY LOCAL, YA’LL!
Before you head to the local supermarket to get your Thanksgiving supplies, check out the farmer’s markets. It’s a great way to support local, plus you’ll be saving some money! Enjoy the nice weather and head out to a market to pick up a few pumpkins for your table display, some apples for your pie and lots of fresh fruit and veggies for all the turkey day fixins. 
3. CAMPFIRE EVERYTHING!
One of the great parts about camping is cooking over an open fire. In fact, we encouraged some awesome campfire recipes  to help save you space in your kitchen while you prepare your Thanksgiving meal in an RV. Not only is cooking over the fire delicious and fun, it’s also green! 
4. LEFTOVERS? YES, PLEASE!
Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving leftovers? But with a small RV fridge, keeping all those leftovers might not make sense! Have your guests bring some containers with them so they can enjoy the bounty for days to come! Or you can host an after Thanksgiving party where everyone made new creations with their leftovers, like casseroles and more! Yum! 

5. ROCK, SCISSORS…PAPER?
Paper plates can seem like an awesome idea on a busy Thanksgiving. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving in your RV, make it a BYOP party! Set out a washing station for after dinner and have everyone bring their own plate and wash it up when they are done. It will save one person the trouble of having a HUGE mess and it will save the landfill from a lot of paper plates. Plus you can make the argument that paper plates hold much less food than regular ones!
6. COOK IT. COOK IT REAL SLOW!

There are so many benefits here! All RV campers should have a slow cooker. It’s considered one of the most energy-efficient appliances in the kitchen. You can put a delicious side or even main dish in there ahead of time and leave it to cook. You’ll not only save time, but also energy. It’s a win, win. Check out Taste of Home for an awesome list of Thanksgiving slow cooker dishes

7. KEEP IT SIMPLE

Okay, so every year we want to create this picture-perfect Thanksgiving. It includes all the right foods and decorations. Even cranberry sauce.Here’s the deal though, lots of people don’t like cranberry sauce. So that’ perfectly prepared and served dish is wasted. Don’t waste, man. Replace dishes that people normally don’t eat with something new and unique. You’ll be the talk of the town! 

5 Essential Hacks for Your Next RV Adventure

What’s better than RV adventures? Well, nothing. But here’s the deal. Planning is never fun (unless of course you’re a Type A personality), but it’s essential to having a blast on your next RV trip. Whether you’re a seasoned camper, or brand new to the lifestyle, here are 5 hacks you can’t miss.

1. Google Maps is Everything



Wherever you are, Google Maps has been there! Plan out your trip, especially if you are making several stops or if you plan to see any attractions on the way. Also, it’s a good idea to look into gas prices on the road, if you’ll be going through multiple states you might want to check into prices and find the best gas stations so you can put those on your route. Okay, so why is this important? Save money, get there faster, arrive in one piece. Important!

2. Things to Do & See

While you’re planning your route, think of some places you’d like to stop and see. Even if you’re going on a short road trip there might be a neat attraction you can visit. Sometimes small towns even have fun things to do. If you find a lot of attractions you’d like to see, consider being spontaneous. It can also be fun just to stop off at something you see on a billboard. The benefit of researching is that you know exactly what you’re getting into. But sometimes that’s half the fun!

3. Are We There Yet?

Plan road games and activities! Take to Pinterest if you have small children riding along. There are plenty of great ideas to help keep them entertained. If you’re traveling alone or with adults, consider bringing a laptop with some DVDs, a kindle to read, or other fun road-friendly hobbies. Also, don’t forget the snacks. This is imperative if you have children, but even if you don’t, a good bag of snacks can make or break a road trip.

4. Pack it Up

Don’t be a procrastinator, pack early and often. Many supplies, such as food and travel size toiletries can be packed or put in an RV without disrupting your current daily needs. Make a checklist and get to checking! It should include specific items such as clothing, food, drinks, eating utensils, towels. Yeah, you get the picture. Again, Pinterest has some great guides to help you get started. Also, don’t lose your checklist!

5. It Might Be Last- But Safety First

As with any recreational activity, it is important to remember that there are some risks associated with traveling by RV, especially in areas that you are unfamiliar with.  For that reason, a number of steps should be taken to protect your safety.  Be sure to leave an itinerary with someone that you know and trust, always be aware of your surroundings, always keep a cell phone nearby, and be sure to have a fully stocked first aid kit.