Every year, millions of families across the world gather to celebrate Christmas. Each family has its own idea of what Christmas means to them, and what are the certain traditions that follow us around for years to come. However, if you’re part of the Buslifers Community, you may well be more accustomed to an alternative festive season. Whether you’ve thought about it but never taken the plunge or are a seasoned Christmas camper, we’ve put together some thoughtful Do’s & Don’ts for this Christmas on the road…
1. Decorate everywhere with lights and lanterns
The first thing to do when spending Christmas on the road is to decorate… EVERYWHERE! The most effective VW Bus Christmas decor has got to be fairy lights and candles, but other pieces such as tinsel and baubles can also jazz up your bus’ festive spirit. Whatever you’re in the mood for this Christmas, be sure to show it off in your VW home.
2. Bring a lot of food, snacks and booze!
This is an absolute given, but you’ll be surprised how often that bottle of bubbly can be forgotten in the pre-holiday preparations! Make a list of all the indulgent festive food you’d like to bring along, grab a cooler box (or three) and hit the road. It may work well to pre-cook some of your tasty treats before your travels so you’ve got some snacks along the way! Best leave the booze until you’ve camped up for the evening, though!
3. Exchange small gifts
Since you may lack some space this Christmas, instead of going big and bold on the gifting, why not opt for small and intimate presents instead. Spend a little extra on something you’ll know your family members will really cherish, and of course, save on space for Boxing Day! You may have a long journey either way and remember, the thought is what counts! Always.
As for the don’ts, well, we would hope they are pretty obvious, yet you would be amused to find that sometimes stating the obvious can be necessary (only sometimes, of course!). These are of course a guide and may not be relevant to your planned trip away, but it’s always good to be mindful of your trip and those around you, right? Without further ado, here’s what we don’t do on our festive holidays away…
1. Start a fire where you’re not allowed to
This is a funny one as most of us will choose our destination long before travelling, where most will be camper-friendly sites and designated fire areas. However, if you’re a little more on the adventurous side of things and prefer the off-the-beaten-track approach, please make sure you light your campfire somewhere safe. Aside from protecting your beloved family (and VW Bus), it’s imperative to remember you are near nature and wildlife that requires you to be a respectful human.
2. Try and roast a whole turkey
Sadly, we are speaking from experience here. Unless you decide to go ‘glamping’ with the family, and you so happen to have a fire oven, the chances are you are going to be using open flames to cook your Christmas lunch. Typically, a turkey is a huge bird and will not cook evenly on the coals. Either choose an alternative protein as the star of the show or take a different approach altogether and barbecue your bird in more manageable pieces! Trust us, you’ll thank us later!
3. Forget the board games!
Sometimes being on the long road in a small space with a large family can be testing. Make sure to pack plenty of chairs, set up outside with lots of blankets and sit around the table with a game of Monopoly – or two. Now, it’s known that almost every family has one member with a trick up their sleeves on games night, but try not to let that ruin the Christmas spirit! Board games are a wonderful way for the family to bond and keep you entertained on those particularly cold winter evenings.
So, whether you’ve agreed with our advice, remember to be mindful of both nature and fellow humans, and keep those tumblers topped up and plates full! It is one of the most rewarding things in the world to spend an unconventional Christmas out in the wild with your family, and as long as you are prepared, you are guaranteed one heck of a celebration! We hope this little guide has been useful for you, and perhaps even spurred on a little inspiration for your upcoming Christmas trip away. If you think of any more major do’s or don’ts, feel free to comment below – we’d love to hear from you!
Until then, we’re sending a very Merry Christmas to all our readers’, and look forward to welcoming in the New Year with you very soon!