Camping is a national pastime. One trip to Cabela’s, Walmart or Target – and you can be overwhelmed by the plethora of camping equipment, gear and supplies available.
A person could actually live in a campground indefinitely if she or he chose to. From electrical outlets to water filtration systems – the days of having to rough it with a tent, a book of matches and a pocket knife are long gone.
There are typically certain times of the year that many people opt to go camping. You ‘ll find that many plan camping trips on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day, as well as other random days during the spring, summer or fall.
But some people like to experience more of an adventure. They don’t want to spend the night on the summit of Mount Everest, but a bit more camping excitement and challenge sounds like fun.
Have you ever hopped into the RV and traveled to Vermont or some other tree in the eastern part of the country to watch the leaves change color? If so, why not camp during other holidays too? For example, camping for Christmas is a wonderful way to add some variety to a traditional holiday. We’ve listed a few reasons why below.
1. Plenty of trees to decorate.
Instead of one pine tree giving up its life for your tinsel and lights, decorate the living trees around you or bring your favorite artificial tree and place it in the campground. You can even decorate the RV or your tent. When you’re enjoying the great outdoors, decorating ideas are endless. If you camp in a snow-filled location, a family of snowmen make a nice decorating touch.
2. It’s Something New
Instead of gathering the family around the fireplace while reading “The Night Before Christmas,” you can all sit around the campfire. If there are others at the campground, you can all get together and celebrate.
Sing, dance, decorate and make merry in the great outdoors. Camping is a chance to make new friends and experience new things. Make the most of it. Share the eggnog with your fellow campers.
3. Bring the Family
Your three-bedroom home might not be big enough to accommodate your family for the holidays, but that’s not a problem for most campgrounds. Bring your parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles and have a real full-fledged family Christmas in the great outdoors.
In locations with ideal weather, you can all camp out under the stars, or each family can rent an RV and park them all together. Who knows, Aunt Polly (who has never been a fan of camping) just might change her mind and have a good time.
4. Check out how other parts of the country do it
Maybe you’re from Ohio and are used to seeing pine trees covered in lights and bulbs. Have you ever seen a holiday cactus or palm tree? Camping at Christmas could afford you the opportunity to see how other parts of the country celebrate the holidays. See the lights, taste the foods and experience Christmas in a whole new way while enjoying the camping life.
If you’re one of those people who thought camping was a warm weather activity, think again. There are year-round campgrounds all over the country, including areas that experience cold winters. Of course you need to make special preparations to camp out in the winter, but people do it and some really enjoy it.
5. Be Prepared
If you own an RV, you’ll want to prepare it for a cold weather journey much the same way you’d do if traveling in a car, with a few extra steps to protect hoses that bring in and take away water from the living quarters of the RV.
You’ll also want to make sure the windows and hookup nozzles are insulated so they don’t freeze. And whether you sleep in a tent or in a bed in an RV, don’t forget to bring along plenty of warm clothes. If the idea of camping out in the cold doesn’t appeal to you, you can always jump in the car, drive to warmer weather and then begin your camping adventure.
If you’re looking for a holiday experience that doesn’t scream, “Everyone does it this way. This is just how it’s done,” consider camping for Christmas. Decide if you want to sleep indoors or out and in the cold or not in the cold and proceed from there.
As long as you prepare and have a contingency plan in the event of severe weather or some other emergency, there’s no wrong way to plan a holiday camping trip.