Planning for your Christmas Camping – A Comprehensive Guide

Christmas is just around the corner and for those of you who have a strong sense of wanderlust, camping during this season is just a cavalcade of perfection that you should take advantage of. In this colossal article, I have compiled an in-depth treasure trove of information regarding Christmas camping. From locations, tips, transportations, gears, and activities, everything you need to know when it comes to winter camping will be touched upon in this article. Let’s not waste anymore time and dive headfirst into winter camping 101! Welcome to your one-stop guide to everything relating to camping during the Christmas season!

Planning for your Christmas Camping – A Comprehensive Guide

#1. Camping During Christmas – Is It a Good Idea?

This is probably the first question that will pop into your mind when it comes to camping during the yuletide season. It will all boil down to these factors:

  • Do you want to spend Christmas outdoors?
  • Do you want to spend Christmas alone or with family/loved ones?
  • Do you want to spend Christmas in a truly unique way?

I had some talks with a few experts in the niche (actually just 2 of my best fellows whom I really admire their works :D), here is what they said about Christmas Camping this season: 

Nicole Anderson from CampingForWomen.com

"The purpose to camping at Christmas is to relax and destress, have loads of fun while celebrating the festive season with family and friends. By the time Christmas arrives, most of us are usually overworked or stressed from the daily grind throughout the past year. A camping trip allows us to “take a break”, “relax and reconnect” with not only ourselves and nature but also family and friends. So, I think it’s definitely a “Yes” for all of you to have a White Christmas Camping."


"As much as Christmas is a time to be home for the holidays, it has definitely been more of a trend in recent years to go on vacation for Christmas with family and spend that time as a way to connect and do something new. That being said, a cabin rental or a tree house make for the perfect getaways, especially when looking to visit a snowy destination to really get the Christmas and winter feel. At Glamping Hub, we have seen many many Christmas and holiday bookings planned well in advance as well as last minute."

Jessica Armstrong from GlampingHub.com

Christmas camping is not exactly a tradition, which makes it all the more reason for you to try it out. Trust me when I say that spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with your family on a serene and beautiful campsite away from the suffocating noise and activity of the city is an experience that is well-worth all the planning and travel.

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As I have noted earlier, Christmas camping is not a common choice for most. This means that popular campsites will most likely be almost empty in regards to campers. There are even times when I and my family found ourselves with a campsite all to ourselves. 

The biggest hurdle you will be facing if you do decide to camp during Christmas is the journey to the site itself. Chances are you will be diving right into heavy traffic from the get-go. But once you have made it past that, what awaits you is an experience that will stay with you forever. If there are some things I suggest you invest in, not relating to anything financial, it is investing at once in a lifetime experience. Camping can give that in spades. 

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To answer the question if it is a good idea to go camping during Christmas, it is a resounding yes! Of course, in order for it to flow smoothly without any hitch, you will need to plan ahead. Fortunately, that is the main reason this article exists. To help you plan out your camping trip by giving you the important elements so that you don’t miss out anything, let me show you how to plan the best Christmas camping experience ever, shall we?


#2. Where Do I Camp This Christmas? Campsite Recommendations for both Solo and Group

There are literally dozens of locations to choose from that will give you a great camping experience during Christmas season. Whether you will be camping alone, with your significant other, or with your family, this is a list of the best campsites from around the United States that you should definitely consider. I have also included a link to some hotels nearby the campsite as well for those who would prefer to stay cozy indoors.

Camping Accommodations Recommended

If you are at a loss when it comes to choosing an ideal spot for your Christmas camping this year, let me help you with some recommendations. These locations are popular among outdoor enthusiast circles when it comes to winter camping so I suggest you check them out.

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1. Orlando S.E. Lake Whirlpool KOA

As Christmas is synonymous with winter, one great location to choose from to avoid the brunt of the cold is Florida. Lake Whirlpool in Orlando is a perfect place for the family as it offers a multitude of fun activities for both kids and adults as well as being a comfortable and safe camping location. I’ll also include some highly sought-after hotels for those who wish to travel in comfort.

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The campsite is designed to accommodate RV campers so if you have an RV this could be a great place for your family. You can take part in various outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, and orchard tours, to name a few. It is also an ideal place for stargazing at night. The campsite comes with various amenities so if you want to make sure you and your family are comfortable, this might be a good choice for you. The campsite is also near some of the most popular tourist spots in Florida if you want a full vacation experience.

Hotel Recommendation: Best Western Orlando Hotel


2. Jellystone Park, Larkspur

Located smack dab between the Colorado Springs and Denver, Jellystone Park Larkspur is a fun camping getaway for the whole family. The campsite comes with full amenities including cottages and bathrooms which are available for campers. You can also pitch a tent if you want the full camping experience within a relatively safe and controlled environment.

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Activities that you can do includes a hiking trail into the Pike National Forest, fossil digging, goat walks, geocaching, and archery lessons. You can also find the famous Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo Bear participating in the flag raising and flag lowering ceremonies during the day.

Hotel Recommendation: Courtyard San Francisco Larkspur Landing/ Marin County.


3. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California

In terms of the most awesome campsites in the States, few can beat what California offers to outdoor enthusiasts. I highly recommend you check out the Waterfall Overlook Trail that is found in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

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The view from that location is breathtaking, to say the least with its 80-foot cascade that pours tons of water back into the Pacific surf down below.

Hotel Recommendation: Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort.


4. Blue Bell Campground, South Dakota

For a more traditional camping experience, you might want to take a gander at what Blue Bell Campground has to offer. You get to choose between setting up your tent or renting one of the 5-person cabins in this campsite. It excels in delivering that old-school camping experience with a slew of outdoor activities to choose from like fishing, horseback riding, and a handful of various wilderness activities.

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They also offer a safari ride with an expert to guide you to an up close and personal meeting with the area’s natural inhabitants like the elks and buffalos.

Hotel Recommendation: Super 8 Custer/Crazy Horse Area.


5. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Something more challenging and rewarding, the Pictured Rocks National in Lakeshore, Michigan offers picturesque landscapes complete with lakes, forests, sand dunes, and even waterfalls. This is a great all-year-round campsite. This campsite is found 40 miles of coast from Lake Superior. While some roads to the campsite are closed due to snowfall, you can use a snowmobile to traverse these areas.

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You can choose from 14 backcountry camps in this area but know that it is strictly a first come, first serve affair. Check the current condition of the campsite before heading there. This one is ideal for solo or couple campers.

Hotel Recommendation: Econo Lodge Inn and Suites Munising Area.

To help you plan out your route better, might I suggest you check out Mountain Directory ? This is a helpful eBook that offers detailed paths to mountain passes towards official campsites around the country. This is an extremely helpful guide for those who plan on going to the more difficult to reach campsites.

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Camping Festivals – A Fun Alternative to Socialize with Fellow Outdoor Enthusiasts

Another alternative for your camping expedition would be to try going to festival campsites. These campsites also act as places that can accommodate special celebrations, ceremonies, and holiday festivities such as during Christmas. If you are looking for some campsites that specialize in holding functions below are some good places to start if you are within or near the area this coming holiday season.

1. Riverside Caravan and Camping Park, UK

The Old Bakehouse offers their services even during Christmas. You get access to around 70 acres of natural landscape and 10 acres of forest trails. The campsite can also accommodate RV’s and caravans as well as tents. You also get amenities such as country clubs, electricity, and bathrooms. The park offers a tranquil escape from the city and should be a safe and relaxing place to spend Christmas with your family and kids.

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Hotel Recommendations: The Old Bakehouse.


2. Broken Head Holiday Park, Australia

What’s amazing about this park is that it is right within the National Park and is surrounded by lush rainforest. With a scenic beach to cap things off. You can rent a cabin but if you need to shower you will need to go to the amenities block which is, thankfully, just a short walk from the cabins. I have to agree that this is one of the most breathtaking parks/campsites you can choose from and is definitely a dream destination for the family.

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Hotel Recommendations: Casa de Mare.


3. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

A staple when it comes to Christmas camping in the States, you can never go wrong with the majestic Grand Canyon. The big upside of choosing this location for Christmas camping is that weather will be far more accommodating and you won’t have to worry about traffic congestion as compared to the summer season.

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The Grand Canyon Railway will also offer quite a different experience during the winter season. This is another great choice for family Christmas camping expeditions.

Hotel Recommendation: Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn.


4. Santa Claus, Indiana

I think it’s a no-brainer for this one to be included in this list seeing as it is named after one of the figureheads in this joyful occasion. Since the name of the campsite is taken from jolly St. Nicholas you should expect this place to have the Christmas spirit firmly in place.

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Some of its key attractions include the Santa Clause Museum, Frosty the Snowman’s Fun Center, and Santa’s Candy Castle. As for your RV, you can park it right inside the Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort.

Hotel Recommendation: Santa’s Lodge.


5. Corpus Christi, Texas

If you are tired of spending Christmas knee deep in snow, Corpus Christi campgrounds located in Texas. This is a beachside campsite and since this is the winter season you can expect a quieter experience in this location. You will also be just in time for the Harbor Light Festival that also offers some child-friendly activities, music, and the annual lighting of the tree ceremony.

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Hotel Recommendation: Howard Johnson Corpus Christi.


Don’t Leave your House Unattended – Hire a House Sitter

In the instance wherein, you have no relatives to take care of your home when you go on your Christmas camping, hiring a house sitter is the next best solution. I highly advise you get someone trustworthy to look after your home while you are gone.

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In case of emergencies, at the very least you can have someone looking over your property, you can check out House Carers for some references to trustworthy house sitters that you can hire this Christmas season.

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This service has been around since 2000, helping homeowners find reliable people to look after their homes during their out of town trips. You can check their website for testimonials as well as information on how they conduct their services.


#3. Transportation

When it comes to camping, it would be best if you have a vehicle of your own to take you to the destination. The most popular camping vehicles are the RVs, campervans, trailers. We will discuss the advantages as well as tips to optimize the performance and uses of each three vehicles, depending on which one you have at your disposal.

The RV – Your Home Away from Home

When it comes to outdoor vehicles, nothing beats the advantages and benefits of an RV. Seriously, this is the one vehicle designed for outdoor enthusiasts. It offers basic functionalities that you can find in an actual house and it is highly flexible in terms of transportation. Whether you are an expert camper or a beginner with your new RV, you will never regret getting one if you love camping. Of course, you will need to have a basic understanding of its inner workings in order to properly maintain this house on wheels.

I will be giving you some noteworthy pointers when it comes to RV maintenance among other things.

Tips for RV Beginners Off on their First Adventure

As you would have guessed, driving something as large as an RV is considerably different compared to your standard 4-seater car. As with all things new, practice is an essential part of the process to make sure you understand its functions and therefore understand the safety precautions as well. RVs are exceptional when it comes to camping with the family. If you are new to driving this type of vehicle, I suggest you orient yourself with every nook and cranny first before heading out. With that said, below are some tips you should take to heart when you finally get your hands on your very own RV.

Orient and Familiarize Yourself with RV Driving
When you upgrade to a larger vehicle, you will obviously feel a bit off at the start and maybe even intimidated. RV’s are basically mobile homes so it might take some time for first timers to drive it properly. Practice driving your RV when you have the chance. Be aware of the height and width of the RV when driving. Try going through routes of increasing the difficulty to improve the grasp of your RV.

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Always Have Essential Tools and Spare Parts On-Hand
I’m not saying that you should transform your RV into an automobile parts shop, but having the essential tools on-hand when going out should help cover your bases. Keep in mind that you will be going to locations away from the city. That means away from services as well. If your RV breaks down, it is best if you have access to some essential repair tools and spare parts.
Some stools I recommend you include are:

There are more essential tools out there but it will depend mostly on where you will be going. So, take all those factors into account and plan accordingly.

  • Heavy gauge jumper cables
  • T-handle style lug wrenches
  • Digital tire gauge
  • Screwdriver Set.
  • Multi-tool.

Do not Over Stock your RV
Different RVs come in different shapes and sizes. While you might be inclined to bring as much as possible, I advise against that mentality. The most important and essential items should be the ones you include in your inventory. Filling up your RV with everything you might think of will quickly clutter and eat up space inside and leave you in a disorganized interior.

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Be Conscious of your Water Tank Supply
Water can be heavy and a full water tank in your RV will significantly add to your vehicle’s recommended carry weight. I suggest you do not fill your water tank from the get-go. There are water fill-up stations near campsites. Do your refilling there.


Schedule your Arrival on the Campgrounds
Some campsites will close the gate at night while some are open round the clock. If the campsite you have chosen closes early into the night, you should travel earlier to avoid being locked out. Basically, follow your schedule to the letter and you won’t have to worry about running late or getting locked out of the campsite. One way to get you out of trouble is to save the phone number from contact page of the Campground you go and call them if you want to make it to your camping site.


Tips and Tricks to Optimize your RV Experience

When it comes to camping with an RV, there are several tips from experts you can take to heart. I have compiled some helpful tips for those who are still new to the RV lifestyle and wish to make the most out of every space and feature that comes with this camper mobile.

Keeping your RV’s Interior Temperature Comfortable
When camping during the blistering summer days, your RV’s air conditioner might not be enough to keep things comfortable inside. You can help out your AC by making sure sunlight does not enter the interior. You can use foil bubble material to cover the windows. If you are at a campsite without any large enough tree for shade, this is your best solution to combat the heat.

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Avoid Using Harsh Cleaning Chemicals in your Waste Tank
For safety’s sake, I tend to avoid using extremely powerful chemicals when it comes to the waste tank of my RV. One mild, yet equally effective concoction I learned is by using ½ cup of Borax laundry detergent and mixing it with a quarter of water softener. This helps negate the smell from the waste tank and makes the tank considerably slippers to ensure no waste gets stuck in there.


Know How Much Propane You Have Left
Besides weighing your propane tank, there are other ways to figure out how much gas you have left. One technique is to check your tank at the break of dawn. Do you see the dew drops forming on the side of the tank? Look for where the dew drops stop forming, that is the current level of your propane gas. You can also pour a cup of boiling water on the side of the tank and look for where the condensation starts. It goes without saying the propane is one of the key parts of a dependable RV. Always be aware of your current propane level before going out.

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Know When your Black Tank Dump is Close to Full
Your black tank dump will start to sound different once it is nearing its full capacity. You will notice a gurgling sound and bubbles will start to appear as well. Once you have noticed these changes it is time for you to find a dumpsite and clear out the tank’s contents. Wear protective gloves!


Use Ice to Clean the Black Tank
After dumping out the contents of the black tank, one way to help clean the inside is by putting in one or two bags of ice cubes. The movement of the RV will throw the ice around inside the tank, acting as a scrub.

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Turning Off the Plumbing
If you will be stowing away your RV for a considerable amount of time you should turn off the plumbing as well. This should help prevent any financial headaches in the event that the plumbing in the RV fails or breaks down without your knowledge.


Use Solar Powered Lights
In order to save your RV’s battery, it is best to take advantage of solar powered light sources such as LED lamps. You can save money by regularly buying batteries as well. Just hang them outside during daytime to fully charge them for use at night.

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Install a Fish Eye Mirror
It goes without saying that RV’s are bulky and can be a bit unwieldy. In order to better help you see blind spots, I recommend you get a fisheye mirror installed as well. This helps greatly when you backup your hulking RV in tight spaces.


Have a First-Aid Kit
Going on a Christmas camping trip in your RV will have a whole different set of obstacles to face. Depending on your route, you might find yourself bogged down by snow. You might even find yourself stuck at the side of the road during a harsh snowstorm. Having a first-aid kit on hand when the situation calls for can save lives. Camping will also place you away from the nearest hospital so a first-aid kit is vital.

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Ideal Places to Go RV Camping this Christmas

Now that you are ready to take your RV to a memorable Christmas camping experience with the family, the next question you need to ask is where you will be camping this holiday season? Don’t worry as I have also got you covered there. Below are some of the best choices for RV camping this Christmas.

Yosemite National Park in California
Yosemite National Park is a popular destination for campers and will most likely to be filled with people… during the summer! Yes, but we are talking about Christmas camping here and winter season in Yosemite National Park tend to be a whole lot quieter.

There is an RV campground here and even with snowfall, you are still treated to some of the most breathtaking sceneries around. You can also dine at the Ahwahnee Lodge known for the Bracebridge dinner which is a traditional meal popular during the 18th century.


Estes Park in Colorado
If you have browsed through some recommended locations for Christmas camping then I am sure you have come across Estes Park in Colorado. There is a valid reason for its constant appearance in top Christmas camping grounds which is its embrace of the Christmas spirit.

If you enjoy snowboarding, this is a perfect place for you. You also get a variety of choices when it comes to food as there are numerous dining establishments to choose from. You need to make reservations first though as Estes Park is a popular Christmas destination.


Stone Mountain in Georgia
Just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, Stone Mountain is a highly recommended location by other RV campers. This is doubly true during the holidays as there is a multitude of activities to be had. There are train rides, light shows, and tubing just to name a few.

For children, they can go and meet Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and even the Abominable Snowman. Plus, there is a neat Ice Age 4D ride and fireworks display as the icing on the yuletide cake. This is definitely on my personal list of must-go RV campsites during Christmas.


Christmas in Florida
No, I am not saying spending Christmas in Florida (even though that is not a bad idea) I’m referring to the place called Christmas in Florida. This little town has an RV park for campers and the whole place embraces the Christmas cheer.

They have a giant Christmas tree in the middle of the town and if you want to, you can also bring your children to Disney World which is nearby. What a great way to give the kids a truly memorable Christmas celebration, right?


Campervans and Trailers

Of course, RVs are not the only vehicle of choice for happy campers. You can also opt for campervans and trailers to help satiate your wanderlust. Campervans are basically your average van but modified so that the inside becomes a cozy living quarter.

Campervans will require a little bit of work as you convert the interiors to suit your camping and road tripping needs, but once you are done tweaking it, it is a delight to use. Obviously, campervans will be a little short in terms of space but this is one of its pros. If you will be traveling with your significant other, a campervan is the perfect blend of comfort and convenience to make your trip a truly intimate one.

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On the other hand, the trailer is a simpler option and one that is often used by most. Basically, you will need to get a trailer and attach it to your pickup truck. Trailers come in various shapes and sizes and you need to consider the carry weight of your vehicle before you choose one. It will also not be as convenient as the RV but it is equally as fun to stay in. You just might need to upgrade it every now and again.

Now then, let us go through some quick tips for those who will be planning on bringing their campervan and trailer for a Christmas camping adventure. Take these tips to heart and you will be able to avoid all those little road bumps that come when using campervans and trailers.

5 Essential Tips for Campervan Users

I personally enjoy using my campervan when camping with my fiancé. The enclosed space of this vehicle makes it quite cozy for two people if you know what I mean. Now, I’ll give you some 5 essential tips if you plan on using the campervan in order to maximize your experience and steer clear away from any problems that might arise.

1. Take Advantages of the Campervan ’s Flexibility

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Campervans are extremely flexible in that it offers a sense of freedom that an RV couldn’t reach. You can park it anywhere you want to make the most out of it. If you are driving and suddenly see an interesting spot you should stop the vehicle and soak in the experience.


2. Pack the Essentials

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Remember to bring all the essential tools. Here are a couple of essential items that you should keep in your inventory:

  • Tissues/baby wipes
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Containers for leftovers
  • Feather duster or a small broom
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray

Basically, it all depends on what you will be doing. Plan accordingly and you can focus on just having fun.


3. Plan your Meals

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Depending on how long you will be traveling with your camping van, you should have an idea of how you will go about when it comes to your daily food. Head on over to the grocery at the start of your trip with a list of things you need to buy.


4. Do not Overpack

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Remember that campervans offer a significantly smaller space. A good chunk of that space will probably be taken by your sleeping bag/mattress. How many days will you be out? Bring the appropriate amount of clothes. You will need to manage your clothes, foods, and tools to make sure you bring only what you need.


5. Choose the Right Campsite

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If you are planning on camping in a specific non-campsite location, you better make sure that the local ordinances allow for overnight staying in said location. Research about the rules and regulations first before heading out.


5 Essential Tips When Camping Using Trailers

Using a trailer when camping can be a bit difficult when setting it up but will also deliver a level of convenience akin to the RV. Back when I was a kid, my family actually started off camping using trailers hooked to our pickup truck. I have compiled some important tips for beginners when it comes to trailer camping. These tips are not only from me but also from experienced trailer campers so they definitely know what they are talking about.

1. Make Sure You Level the Trailer

It is common to find uneven terrain when camping. Parking your trailer on uneven ground can pose several problems so it is best for you to make sure you avoid this scenario. If you find yourself in an area that literally has no flat ground, a great solution to this is by using wooden planks, you can bring a couple of planks with your and store them either above your vehicle or inside the trailer itself.

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You can also use tire leveling equipment with wheel chocks but a plain old wooden board will do just as fine and is considerably cheaper as well.


2. Stay Away from Ditches

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Everyone who owns a vehicle knows how important chocks are when you park your vehicle. This applies to your trailer as well. Make sure to place some chocks on both front and back of the wheel so that your trailer won’t go rolling off anywhere without you. You can buy a chock or use a couple of good-sized rocks.


3. Invest in an Electric Brake for the Towing Vehicle

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Most states require that you install a breakaway braking system for all vehicles that are towing trailers. Chances are you will be passing multiple states so it is best to abide by this law. Plus, it increases the level of safety as well.


4. Take Advantage of Truck Stops but Consider Truck Drivers

Driving around while pulling a trailer can be a bit difficult. Parking and making sharp turns will require significantly more focus and awareness. One way to circumvent the troubles of finding a parking spot is by using truck stops.

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Truck stops are located nearby grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants so it is best to take some time to unwind and restock your inventory. Just make sure to give way to truck drivers, they need those spots more than you.


5. Always be Prepared

Traveling and camping using trailers will require a different approach when it comes to essential tools. I cannot stress how important it is for you to bring tools like pliers, hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches.

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Basically, you need to have the basic tools on-hand at all times in the instance you need to make emergency repairs. I also advise that you pack light and bring items that are necessary during your journey.


Camping via Public Transportation

Based on my personal experience before, yes, it is possible to go camping by only using public transportation. It will be exhausting but it is possible. However, I did this solo or with my girlfriend. A family camping trip? That is a whole different beast on its own. Personally, I highly recommend that if you will be camping with the family and only using public transportations, you should pick locations that are accessible. Don’t go for campsites that are difficult to get to even when you have a private vehicle to get you there.

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There is one silver lining to camping and using public transportation and that is by going to National Parks.


Going to National Parks via Public Transportation

National parks are basically tourist attractions and are an integral part of states that have them. In order to make sure that it stays accessible to everyone, states have now introduced buses whose routes pass through these popular parks. This makes traveling to these locations far easier and more convenient than driving there with your own vehicle.

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For example, here is a link to parks that are readily accessible via public transports in Australia. Check your state’s official tourist or wildlife website to see if they offer guides for backpackers looking to visit one of their famous nature preserves.

You have a couple of choices when it comes to transportation. Don’t fret if you do not have an RV, trailer, or even a campervan. As long as you plan out your route and optimize the best way to get there, you will eventually reach your destination.


#4. What to Do Once You Arrive – Setting Up Camp and Other Activities

You have sat through and drove for hours and now you have finally arrived at your destination. Soak in the view and relax for a while for you still have a lot to do. The first business you need to attend to after arriving is setting up your camp. There are a couple of layers into this process other than picking a good spot in the area. I’ll give you some pointers on how to approach setting up camp the proper way.

Tips when Setting Up Your Camp

When it comes to camping, location is always the key to making sure you have a memorable and safe experience outdoors. You can’t just randomly pick a spot, you need to take your surroundings into account first. Are there any hazards nearby? Is a water source nearby? These are just a couple of factors you need to note when choosing a spot to set up your camp. Read on below to know some key elements you should look for to ensure you will camp at the best possible spot.

Choosing your Spot

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When it comes to picking the best place to set up camp, there are several factors that you need to take into account. Below are some of the key elements that you should look for once you arrive at your campsite:

  • Easy access to a water source.
  • Southern and northern exposure.
  • Level or flat ground.
  • Trees for shade against the sun and/or rain.
  • Nearby to restrooms, if any.

Remember those when you are looking for a spot to set camp and you are off to a good start.


Follow the Rules and Regulations

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Keep in mind that there will be strict rules imposed on federal lands. Be aware of these laws so that you won’t get into any trouble with law enforcement in the area. Check the websites of the state where you will be camping to know more details on how you should plan your camping trip.


Rule 1: Have Ample Space Between Eating Area and Sleeping Quarters

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Food will attract a variety of animals to your campsite. Avoid having them invade your tent by eating meals far away from your tent. You should also clean up and throw away your trash at designated trash cans.


Rule 2: Follow Food Storage Protocols

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Some parks require you to bring food storage that is within their regulations. For example, if you will be camping in areas known for having bears, the state will require you to use bear-proof food storage bins which are made of metal/steel.


Rule 3: Find Flat Surfaces

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Avoid uneven terrain when setting up your tent as it will be a doozy remain comfortable when rocks keep poking underneath. Once you find a flat surface, take some time to remove branches, twigs, and rocks as well.


Activities to Do During Camping

There are literally dozens of fun activities to be had when you are staying outdoors or camping. I will be giving you some interesting ideas for activities below. I will be covering activities for large groups and for family-sized groups.

Activities for a Large Group (Team building activities)

First off, I will separate these activities in accordance with your budget. We will start off with group activities that require little to no budget and move up from there.

Low-Budget Activities

Snowball Fight – A classic game during the winter season. All you need is a ton of snow and a target. The goal of the game is simple really; use snowballs and pelt the opposing team until they give up! 

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Snowman Challenge – Making the best-looking snowman is the name of the game and will be a great team building activity as it requires teamwork. The team with the best looking snowman wins! Be sure to be creative and throw something unique to your snowman to make things more interesting. 


Ice Skating – If you will be Christmas camping near a lake you should bring your skating shoes with you. You can do an exhibition match with each player doing their best stunts or you can simply do a race. It’s up to you, just be sure to wear protective clothing like helmets and elbow pads.

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Treasure Hunt – This can be done with just a couple pieces of papers with riddles on them. Prepare early by looking for a spot to hide the treasure. Scatter clues around the campsite and watch as each team try to get to the treasure first!


Medium-Budget Activities

Sleigh Ride – Rent a sleigh if the park offers one and have a race. Next step is for you to find a nice slope. Make sure there are no rocks at the bottom first. Start at the top and ride the sleigh as fast you can to the bottom! 

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Hockey – Some parks will rent out hockey sticks and pucks at an affordable price. This is basically a simple game of hockey so wear protective pads as it might get a little physical.


Snowshoe Relay – Another classic winter game for big groups. This is a basic relay with one runner wearing snowshoe while the other runner does not. Have the runner with the snowshoe start the race. The other player will not be wearing any snowshoe which will make the race considerably more difficult and leagues more entertaining.

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High-Budget Activities

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Dog Sledding – This can be quite an expensive activity but the experience is well worth the price. Make sure to place markers on the race track. Most sites that allows you to rent dog sleds also offer a race track as well. 


GPS Treasure Hunt – Basically your classic treasure hunting game but with a GPS incorporated into the mix. You can use the GPS to place markers around the area. Each marker will display a note that will point players to the next destination. Basically, you just replace a piece of paper with a more high-tech GPS device. 

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Snowmobile Race – Level up from the sleigh race with something a little faster. Make sure that only players who have experience riding a snowmobile will take part. This can be a bit dangerous so make sure the track offers ample space between riders. Better yet, you can have one rider at a time and have them race as fast as possible through the race track. The one with the fastest time wins! 


Ice Climbing – Probably the most physically demanding and most challenging activity, consider the skill level of the players first before choosing the spot that they will need to climb. You will need climbing gear like rappels and ice climbing tools like the piton. I suggest you hire an ice climbing expert to help plan out this activity. 

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Activities for Families

If you will be camping with your family, I suggest activities that are more laid back but are equally entertaining. Actually, you can actually incorporate some indoor vacation time games during winter camping. There is a multitude of board games for kids and adults that you can do as well as outdoor camping activities for young and old. Also, I would highly advise you to avoid games that include the use of water. The last thing you want is to be wet outside during winter. 

Now, let me give you some recommended games that you can integrate into your Christmas family camping trips:

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Make a Bonfire and Cook the Best S’mores – Sitting around the bonfire with loved ones during a cold winter night is a beautiful experience in itself. The aim of this game is to make the best looking S’mores. You know that well-roasted, light brown S’mores from advertisements? That’s the goal. 


Build a Fort and Have a Snowball Fight – Might take a bit of prep time building the fort but it is definitely a fun game for both kids and adults. First step is making a fort. Something as high as 4 feet should be enough. The goal here is to destroy your opponents fort before yours gets destroyed. Last person with a standing fort wins.

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Photography Challenge – Winter can deliver some truly awe-inspiring nature imageries. Take a camera or even your smartphone and walk around the campsite. I usually allow this game to last for the whole day. Afterwards, each player will show their pictures and a unanimous vote will then be made as to who captured the best image.


Dog Obstacle Course for Kids – If you have kids and a couple of dogs in the family, build a small obstacle course for them. Place some poles, 3 feet walls, and other obstacles that the kid and dog tandem must go through. The fastest team to complete the course properly wins!

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What to Cook During Christmas/Winter Camping?

Setting up your meal during winter camping is quite different compared to any other season. Obviously, the climate is the main reason for the significant shift in the types of foods you will be making during your camping trip. If you are having some trouble thinking of great meals to make during your winter camping trip, allow me to give you some ideas of popular but easy to prepare meals during your cold weather journey.

Hot Granola Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Granola
  • Honey
  • Milk Powder
  • ​Boiling Water
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Instructions:

This one is incredibly easy to make. Just take all ingredients (sans boiling water) and put them all in a bowl or cup. Pour the boiling water afterward and stir the ingredients with a spoon.


Oat Scones

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of oatmeal.
  • ¼ cup of honey (alternatively, you can also use ¼ cup of brown sugar).
  • ​Cinnamon.
  • ​2 cups of flour.
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder.
  • ¼ cup cooking oil (a substitute is a ½ cup or margarine).
  • A pinch of salt.
  • ​Water.
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Instructions:

  • Take your margarine and melt it in your frying pan.
  • Put in your oatmeal and allow it to soak up the melted margarine.
  • Alternately mix in water and flour until you get the right consistency. The oatmeal and flour should hold together.
  • Take the mixture and mold them into patties. At least 3 x ¾ inches thick each.
  • Add your cinnamon toppings.
  • Fry the oat patties or bake it for 25 minutes.

Fried Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of pasta.
  • Cheese.
  • Pepper & Onions.
  • ​Garlic.
  • Mushroom.
  • Garlic powder.
  • ​Cooking oil or margarine.
  • ​4 to 6 cups of water.
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Instructions:

  • Slice and minced garlic, onion, pepper, and mushroom.
  • Pour water into your cooking pot and bring to boil along with the vegetables.
  • Add pasta, place lid, and boil it again for 10 minutes.
  • Remove pasta and place it in an oiled frying pan. Mix in garlic powder.
  • Fry for about 5 minutes.
  • Add cheese and fry for a couple of minutes. Serve hot.

These are just a few ideas of easy to make meals during camping trips. As you can easily cook, it doesn’t take a skilled chef to make some delicious meals. You can even have the kids help out when cooking your food. Just remember to always take the necessary safety precautions and always be careful outdoors when handling flame.


Some Cooking Tips for Camping

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Obviously, cooking outdoors will require a different approach. Here are some tips that will help smooth out your cooking camping experience:

  • Prepare ingredients beforehand. Use zip lock bags to segregate your ingredients.
  • Prepare soup and similar cuisine before camping. Freeze it and simply reheat them when you’re there.
  • Bring aluminum foils.
  • Always take care when using propane gas. Turn it off after use and make sure there are no leaks by using soap liquid.
  • Always use lids when cooking outdoors. It helps cook your food quicker, thus saving gas.
  • A block of ice will last significantly longer than ice cubes.
  • Store food in containers and place them above ground to avoid visits from animals in the surrounding area.
  • ​Take these tips to heart to make sure you avoid problems when preparing and handling food while camping.

Choosing Camping Cookwares

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The key factor when choosing your cookwares during camping is whether you will be backpacking or have access to a vehicle, like a van or RV. If you will be backpacking, it goes without saying that compact and lightweight gear is the best approach. For campers that will have access to a vehicle, they can be a bit more lenient with their choice of cooking ware.

Types of Cookware Materials

Here is a list of cookware materials and the pros and cons of each in order for you to figure out which one will be best suited for your winter camping trips. Check out the list below:

Aluminum Cookware

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    Lightweight.
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    Great heat conductor.

Cons

  • Might cause a change in flavor as aluminum reacts to alkaline based foods and acid.
  • It is susceptible to dents.

Titanium Cookware

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    The thin construction allows you to heat it quickly.

Cons

  • Might create some hot spots as titanium is not a great heat conductor.
  • Expensive.

Stainless Steel Cookware

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    Scratch-resistant which means you can use steel wool to clean it.

Cons

  • Susceptible to hot spots.
  • Heavier than other cookware material.

Cast Iron Cookware

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    Longevity.
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    Non-stick material.
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    Good cookware for baking or cooking over stove and bonfires.

Cons

  • Significantly heavier than other materials.
  • Re-seasoning is required to maintain non-stick quality.
  • Not a good choice for backpacking campers.

Teflon Type Non-Stick Coating Cookware

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    Requires less oil or margarine when cooking.

Cons

  • Susceptible to scratches.
  • The coating is unhealthy when it gest dislodged from the pan.

Ceramic Non-Stick Coating Cookware

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    Durable.
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    Non-stick material.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • It is still currently uncommon to find ceramic cookware.

I do have a product that I highly recommend for fellow campers: the GSI Outdoors Cookware is a Teflon material cookware designed for outdoor and camping use. You should check it out if you are looking for a compact and lightweight cookware to take during camping trips.


Night Time Activities – Campfire Stories

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What is campfire without some scary campfire stories to tell? This has been a staple of camping and Christmas doesn’t mean you can’t tell scary stories about the bonfire. Here is a good place to gather some interesting and bone-chilling tales to share around the campfire:


Decorating your Campsite with Christmas Ornaments

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Since we will be spending Christmas on the campsite, I think it is in tune with the holiday spirit that we also decorate the place to truly feel the Christmas cheer, right? You can actually find some great RV decorations online or at your local arts and crafts store. You can buy mini Christmas tree and LED Christmas lights as well. Decoration will be up to you but just make sure that it won’t cause any obstruction.


#5. Essential Must-Have Tools and Gear for Winter Camping

Now, this section is for those who will be backpacking during their Christmas camping trip. If you will be using an RV, you won’t be needing some of the items on this list. However, I do recommend that you take a look as well in case you have missed an important camping equipment.

Tents - Upgrade & Editor's Pick

Obviously, tents will be the most important camping equipment you will bring if you are planning on staying overnight at the campsite. Sure, you can pick the cheapest one but I advise that you don’t. Chances are it will not offer the longevity and durability you would hope. If you are serious about getting the best camping experience, I suggest you invest on a quality tent. Trust me, it will be well worth every penny.

Editor’s Pick – Sundome 4 Person Tent

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5

As expected from the Coleman brand, the Sundome 4 Person Tent exudes a level of quality few tent brands can achieve. It uses a durable polyester material with a dome construction that allows for better leg room. It features the WeatherTec system that helps keep you dry and comfortable even during torrential downpours. It also comes with large windows that you can open for better ventilation.

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Cons

  • The door screen only covers the upper half.

Upgrade Pick – Tahoe Gear Ozark 3-Season 16 Person Family Cabin Tent

Amazon Rating: 4.2/5

As you might have guessed, this is an extremely large tent perfect for the whole family. Surprisingly enough, the Tahoe is actually quite easy to set up. It has a 7-foot center for ample stretching room. It uses 1200mm polyester material and polyethylene flooring that helps keep water out. It is designed for different seasons and is a good option for winter camping.

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    Well-constructed and good quality material.

Cons

  • None to mention.

Backpacks - TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5

TETON has proven their quality time and time again which is why I included one of their best in here as a recommendation. Not only is this a good choice for experienced campers, it is also a great choice for beginners as well. It is a lightweight camping backpack that is designed for 2 to 4 days camping trips. It comes in at 3400 cubic inches and weighs approximately 4.5 lbs. The cell foam offers great support for your lumbar and is designed for optimum airflow.

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    Extremely durable.

Cons

  • One of the drink holders is a bit tight making it difficult to store a water bottle.

Lantern - Etekcity Camping Lantern LED

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5

Definitely, one of the most convenient lanterns to bring during camping. It is collapsible which helps save space. The lantern itself uses military-grade construction and 30 incredibly high-luminosity LED light bulbs. It has a battery life of 12 hours of continuous use and is powered by AA batteries.

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    Collapsible design makes for a compact lantern to bring during camping.
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    12-hour battery life.

Cons

  • The fire starter feature is hard to use.

Use Propane Stove for Cooking during Camping Trips

Why should you switch to propane gas powered stove for camping? Well, here are some benefits of using this type of gas for your cooking during camping.

  • Affordable price tag.
  • Reliable for all occasions.
  • It is available in all stores, which is convenient.
  • Propane is environment-friendly as it produces less pollution.
  • Propane stoves are easier to maintain.

Now then, I will recommend you two types of propane stoves for your camping needs. One is for small groups while the other is ideal for larger groups.

Propane Stove (small group) – Coleman Bottle Top Propane Stove

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5

Again, Coleman breaks into the list of recommended camping equipment. In this entry, we get the Coleman Bottle Top Propane Stove. It uses the PerfectFlow technology which delivers consistent performance no matter the climate. The PerfectHeat technology, on the other hand, makes sure you optimize fuel consumption by maintaining heat while reducing the amount of gas you spend. It comes in at 10000 BTUs of cooking power.

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Cons

  • The flame adjustment knob is made of plastic which feels a bit cheap.

Propane Stove (large group) - Coleman Classic Propane Stove

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5

This one is basically a larger version of the Coleman Bottle Top Propane Stove we listed above with similar features but with one major addition. Besides its significantly larger frame, it also utilizes the Wind Block technology that helps shield burners from intense wind and is adjustable for different pan sizes as well. It comes in at a total of 20000 BTUs and features 2 adjustable burners.

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    Wind Block technology is perfect for the windy winter days.

Cons

  • Do not get the burners wet as it might fail to start up again.

Propane Grill (for campers with an RV) – Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE

Amazon Rating: 4.4/5

If you will be bringing your RV, might I recommend you Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE? This will be a huge upgrade but it is worth every penny if you are going on a family camping trip this Christmas. It can produce up to 20000 BTUs and can spread heat across 285 square inches of its grilling surface. 

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You can also switch the tops into stove grates but these are sold separately. It features the instant start button that ignites the grill without the need of any lighter or match. It is also foldable and easy to clean making it a great grill for the outdoors.

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    Foldable into a more compact size for easy transportation.
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    Well-made and designed for outdoor use.

Cons

  • The finish at the upper part of the grill has a tendency to fade.

Self-Hygiene Items Recommendations

As you will be staying out and at the mercy of the elements for a day or more, it is only natural to worry about hygiene. With that in mind, you should always bring some extra camping accessories that will make sure you stay clean at the end of the day. Who wants to sleep after a day drenched in sweat, right? Take a look at these recommendations that helps maintain your hygiene during camping.

Camp Shower – Coleman 5-Gallon Solar Shower

Amazon Rating: 3.8​​​​/5

The Coleman 5-Gallon Solar Shower is a solid camping shower that can be used multiple times as it can contain around 5-gallons of water. It uses solar energy to heat up water which makes it a good choice for winter camping. Just let it soak in the sun at noon. It is durable and has a reliable hanging hook. It is operated using a simple on and off valve that is located in the shower head.

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    Well-made and durable material.

Cons

  • Completely draining the bag of water after use can be a bit difficult.

Self-Contained Toilet – Reliance Products Hassock Portable Lightweight Self-Contained Toilet

Amazon Rating: 4.2/5

Obviously, you will need a place to answer nature’s call when camping. If the camp does not have amenities like bathroom stalls, you can either do it the old-fashioned or use a portable self-contained toilet. Reliance Products Hassock Portable Toilet is one such camping product that I would recommend. It features a removable inner bucket for waste disposal and a contoured seat for added comfort.

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    Prevents smell from lingering.

Cons

  • Plastic seat is rather thin. Might be an issue for heavier individuals.

Sleeping Accessories Recommendations

Before I give you my recommendation for this section, you might think why you should buy a sleeping bag if you can use your pillow and blankets at home. The question is really quite simple: convenience. When camping, you want to save space and make sure your equipment is as light as possible. Why bring several items, each taking up space and adding weight to your gear when you can simply bring one compact item designed for this specific activity.

Sleeping Bag – Abco Tech 4 Season Sleeping Bag

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5

Designed for camping, the Abco sleeping bag uses the barrel shape design in order to bring improved comfort to the individual sleeping inside. This is a 4-season sleeping bag which makes it ideal for winter camping thanks to its waterproof, weather -resistant, and insulating qualities. 

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As this will be used primarily outdoors, you can expect it to become dirty quickly. Good thing the Abco is easy to clean as they are machine washable. Of course, a sleeping bag must be compact and lightweight, which perfectly describes the Abco sleeping bag.

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Cons

  • Somewhat small.

First-Aid Kit Recommendations – Trip Worthy First Aid Kit

Amazon Rating: 4.8/5

When camping it is best to be prepared for any situation, hence the need for a first aid kit as well. The Trip Worthy First Aid Kit is an FDA approved kit designed for campers thanks to its lightweight and compact design. It features comprehensive medical kits for emergencies such as gauze, wound cleaning chemicals, and other important medicinal items.

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    Offers a complete collection medicinal supplies for treating injuries.

Cons

  • None to mention.

Camping Gear Recommended to Have 

As far as camping goes, the kind of equipment you bring is the backbone of your trip. If you are still new to outdoor activities such as camping and hiking there is a chance you will miss some essential camping gears. To help you avoid that scenario and give you an idea on how to make your camping experience even more enjoyable, I have compiled a list of “must-haves”. Check out this list of camping equipment that I highly recommend you take with you, if possible, in your outdoor expedition.

Chair – Moon Lence Ultralight Folding Chair

Amazon Rating: 4.2/5

The Moon Lence Folding Chair is a durable camping equipment that uses 1000D Oxford cloth attached to sturdy aluminum frames. Surprising strength considering it only weighs 2 lbs. total. The chair has a carry weight capacity of 242 lbs. or 110 kg. The ergonomic seat design gives campers a comfortable sitting experience. 

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As said earlier, it portable, foldable, and compact. If you will be taking a vehicle with you during your camping trip, the Moon Lence will barely take up any space in your car.

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    Easy to assemble.

Cons

  • Might be too small for larger adults.

Weather Radio – irons now Weather Radio and Flashlight

Amazon Rating: 4.2/5

When camping during the winter it is advised that you know the current weather condition. It can turn from slight chill to total whiteout in a matter of hours during this time depending on where you are. In order for you to avoid getting trapped in by snow, I recommend you bring a radio with you.

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The irony now Weather Radio is a great option as it doubles as a flashlight as well. It is powered up using a crank mechanism which means no battery needed. It is compact and easy to use and is something that you should consider bringing if you will be Christmas camping this year.

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    Reliable radio and flashlight device for outdoor camping.
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    Crank and solar powered.
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    Compact and lightweight.

Cons

  • The charging adapter feels cheap and flimsy.

Water Bottle – Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle (20 ounces)

Amazon Rating: 4.2/5

The Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle is a BPA-free container which makes it safe to drink from. It is compact enough to fit inside most bicycle water bottle baskets and a wide mouth that makes cleaning easier. The bottle is also dishwasher safe and can be stored in your freezer.

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    It is freezer safe, unlike other water bottles.

Cons

  • No insulation.

If you will be going on a Christmas camping trip in your RV, especially with your family, bringing the Christmas cheer with your will surely brighten up the journey. Installing Christmas decorations in your RV will not only transform your drab vehicle into a festive holiday mobile, it is also a great way to bond with the family. Plus, it is relatively cheap so there’s really no reason for you NOT install Christmas décor on December.

Kurt Adler TR2044 Mini Pine Tree

Amazon Rating: 3.​​​​9/5

This mini pine tree display is a viable option for decorating RV interiors. It measures in at 18-inches high making it perfect for display inside small spaces. It has 215 green tips but does not come with Christmas decorations. You can find some vendors to buy in bulk.

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    Easy to set up and stable.

Cons

  • Material used contains chemicals.

KI Store Shatterproof Christmas Ball Ornaments

Amazon Rating: 4.0/5

Seeing as RVs will be constantly in motion, it is not a good idea to use Christmas ornaments that are fragile. Enter KI Store’s shatterproof Christmas decorations. These Christmas ball ornaments are small and lightweight at 1.57” in diameter. It also comes in 4 finishes and a selection of 16 colors to choose from. It is easy to set up and is a good decoration to use in your RV.

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    Exceptionally small Christmas decors.

Cons

  • Does not come with the standard built-in hooks.

Additional Camping Gear That You Should Consider Bringing

Once you have checked all the boxes on your essential camping equipment list, you should also consider some of this equipment as well. These will surely improve your camping experience in comfort, security, and safety.

Flashlight – SUA0KI LED Camping Rechargeable Lantern 

Amazon Rating: 4.4/5

This rechargeable lantern is a compact and bright option for those looking for an affordable light source for their camping trip. It is solar powered and can also be charged via USB port. This lantern is foldable and comes with three lighting modes: high, low, and blinking (SOS). This is a lightweight and reliable lantern designed for use during nighttime outdoor activities.

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    Easy to use.
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    Solar powered lantern.

Cons

  • The lantern is susceptible to bug infestation so clean it after use.

Chair and Table Sets for Camping – Outsunny Portable Folding Outdoor Camp Suitcase Picnic

Amazon Rating: 3.4/5

The biggest selling point of this outdoor picnic and chair product is how compact it is. When folded, the table is basically a suitcase that you can carry with one hand. As each section of the table is connected it is basically quick and easy to set up and take down. If you will be camping with your RV, campervan, or trailer in tow, I suggest you check out the Outsunny Portable Folding Outdoor Camp Suitcase Picnic.

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    Compact and lightweight table and chairs for a picnic.
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    Folds into a suitcase making it easy to carry and store.
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    Good quality material.

Cons

  • Construction is not as good as you would expect.

Survival Kit – CHANGKU Emergency Survival Kit 11 in 1

Amazon Rating: 4.3/5

A necessary tool in any camper and hiker’s inventory is the survival kit. A survival kit includes a variety of important tools such as knives, flashlights, compass, whistles, and an emergency blanket to name a few. The CHANGKU comes with 11 tools at an affordable price tag. While not the highest quality, it does what is needed and with its affordable price tag might be a good choice for campers who are a little tight when it comes to the budget.

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    Compact carry bag.

Cons

  • Not the best in quality but will do just fine.

#6. Ideal Christmas Camping Gifts

Christmas is about bonding together and creating beautiful long-lasting memories for your loved ones. But of course, we can’t leave out gifts when discussing Christmas. While you might balk at how commercialized Christmas celebrations have become, there is nothing wrong with putting a smile on someone’s face by giving them a gift. Now, for outdoor enthusiasts, we will be needing a different approach when it comes to gift giving. If you will be exchanging gifts with fellow campers, I have some nifty little ideas of what you can give them. Check out my list of Christmas camping gifts below.

For Campers Who Are Also Dog Lovers – Omega Pacific Portable Dog Run Leash

Do you know a camper who brings their dogs during outdoor trips? Maybe you can give them this convenient leash to help make sure their furry companion does not run off into the woods. This dog-centric product is attached to two trees via a durable cord. You then attach the leash to your dog and attach it to the cord giving your dog ample room to move but also making sure they don’t stray off.


For Survivalist Campers and Hikers – LifeStraw Steel Personal Water Filter

If you know a friend or family member that just loves to camp and hike in the most isolated location, they might greatly appreciate this amazing survival tool. It is basically a drinking straw that incorporates a 2-stage filtration system inside a tough steel cased body. It is a quick, compact, and easy to use water filters for adventurous individuals.


For Campers Afraid of Bears (Who isn’t?) – Frontiersman Bear Spray

Depending on where you will be camping, it is best to make sure there aren’t any bears strolling around in the woods. If there are, you better bring one of these with you just to be safe. It has 35-foot safe distance so you can scare off the wandering bear that gets too close for comfort. It also has a shelf-life or around 3 years.


For Campers for Use During the Winter Season – Therm-a-Rest Foam Sleeping Bag

This is a great and affordable solution for those camping during the cold winter nights. It uses the heat-trapping material to help retain a toasty temperature inside your tent or your sleeping bag. Since we are already talking about winter and Christmas camping, this is one gift that the recipient will surely appreciate.


#7. Winter Camping Tips to Keep in Mind

Camping during winter is a completely different experience when compared to any other season of the year. With its many rewards come different obstacles and challenges as well. In order to prepare you for your winter camping trip and to make sure you have the absolute fun and safety, I created some important tips you should always keep in mind. 

Do your Research!

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Prepare, prepare, prepare! Don’t leave it until the last minute to start packing your camping equipment. That is a good way to leave something important behind. Plan at least a week in advance and make a spreadsheet or checklist of essential gear.


Check the Weather Forecast Regularly

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You should always check the daily high and low temperature when camping in the winter. This will help you better prepare for any significant changes in the weather. Remember that winter storms have a tendency to come out of nowhere.


Apply Some DIY Upgrades to Your Sleeping Bag

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You don’t always need to buy a new one. If your sleeping bag is still in tip-top shape you can just add some extra materials in there to have it winter ready. A thermal sleeping bag liner is a cheap but effective way to ready your sleeping bag for the cold winter nights. You can also boil some water before going to bed, pouring it into a water bottle, and placing the warm bottle inside your sleeping bag at least half an hour before heading in. This ensures that by the time you hit the sack, the sleeping bag is already warm and comfortable.


Dress Appropriately for the Weather

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Obviously, you won’t be wearing any light cotton when camping during the winter. Wear the appropriate clothing like wool, boots, jackets, sweaters, and thermal underwear. Dress in multiple layers to help retain body temperature and try to avoid getting wet.


Winterize your Camping Vehicle

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This advice is for those who will be camping with an RV. Before heading out, make sure that your RV or vehicle is winterized. One of the biggest problems for RVs during the winter is frozen water lines. Check the RV’s manual to know what you need to change if you are going to use it during winter. If your RV has a heater make sure it is working without any issues first!


Winter Solstice = Longer Nights

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Since night time will be significantly longer during winter, it is best that you not sleep too early in order to avoid waking up before sunrise. Bring a book, bring a gadget like your tablet or laptop and watch a movie. Again, checking the forecast for the time of sunrise will help you plan out your night.


Prepare the Right Meals

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What you bring for food during summer camping is drastically different compared to what you should eat during winter camping. When it comes to winter camping, hearty meals are the way to go. Canned stew and soup is a great meal that will warm your body up. You should also prepare hot drinks such as hot chocolate, coffee, and tea.


Prepare Firewood Beforehand

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This applies to those who will be camping with an RV or another recreational vehicle. Chances are that once winter sets in you won’t be able to find viable firewood lying around the campgrounds. Most would have been picked up by previous campers and the ones you do find will be wet. In order to avoid this problem, bring your own firewood to the campsite. This should guarantee that you will have a campfire when needed.


Bring Winter Camping Equipment

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You should bring winter specific camping equipment. A sleeping bag that has a temperature rating that is suitable for the low temperature in the campsite is vital. Bring some extra foam pad to help trap body heat. Bring a propane stove and extra fuel as you will most likely be using it for 90% of your stay.


Arrive at the Campsite Early

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If you are planning on camping at a popular spot this Christmas, I suggest you go there early. At least 2 days earlier than your original plan. Chances are there will be a couple of campers who have the same idea on where they will go Christmas camping. Arriving early gives you a head start when it comes to choosing the perfect spot to set up camp.


#8. How to Plan a Memorable Christmas

Planning a Christmas camping is one thing, making sure that is a memorable one is a whole different thing altogether. If you have read the some of the sections above you will already have some inkling, maybe even more, of what to do. You can incorporate some fun activities with friends and family, for one. If you are camping solo during Christmas you can always pick the best spot available in the camping grounds, the one that delivers the best scenery. Here are some ideas on how to further make this Christmas camping trip even more memorable.

Invite a Fellow Camper

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If you have prepared a hearty feast this Christmas Eve in your campsite, might I suggest you ask a fellow camper to share your blessings with them? Christmas is a time for sharing and spreading love and you might even make a new friend along the way.


Live the Moment!

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This is a simple yet somehow overlooked most of the time. Sure, preparing and celebrating Christmas can be hectic but never forget to take in the sights and enjoy the little things. This is a great time to just enjoy the atmosphere of people laughing and enjoying themselves. Learn to appreciate the little things in life. You will be surprised how much you take things for granted.


Spend your Christmas Camping Trip with a Loved One

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Sure, you can camp solo but this is Christmas! This is the time of the year known for strengthening bonds with loved ones. You can bring your significant other or if you already have a family of your own, take them with you. This is about creating beautiful memories and who better to share these memories with than the ones you love.


#9. Common Christmas Camping Mistakes You Should Avoid

Camping is a fun activity that I highly recommend everyone should try at least once. However, far too often do I come across campers who make some common mistakes that dampen their enjoyment. I’ll be listing down some common mistakes campers make, specifically during winter, so that you can avoid these annoying potholes.

Do Not Feed the Animals

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Let’s start off with the most obvious. As cute and cuddly those forest animals are you shouldn’t be feeding them your food. That is one way to have a bunch of these animals swarming your campsite. There is also the risk that they won’t be able to digest human food which might make them sick.


Not Informing Family of Your Whereabouts

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Have you seen the movie 127 hours? That is pretty much the worst-case scenario for this entry. If camping solo, inform your family or friends of where you will be going. An exact location and time of your arrival are best. This is a simple precaution that you must always adhere to.


Setting Up your Tent the Wrong Way

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When camping during winter there is a simple rule that you should keep in mind when setting up your tent. Always place the entrance of the tent towards the downhill side of the campsite. Placing the entrance towards the uphill side is one way to funnel cold wind into your tent and you don’t want that.


Allowing Body Temperature to Drop

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The cold biting temperature will be your adversary during winter camping, especially once nightfall sets in. Don’t allow your body temperature to drop to substantially low levels. If you already feel the cold setting in, enter your tent and get inside your sleeping bag. Drink some warm water to help increase body temperature. If you are camping with a couple of people, place your sleeping bags close to each other to maintain each other’s body heat. Basically, don’t be dismissive of the cold.


Test Your Equipment Before Heading Out

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An easily avoidable mistake but still a common occurrence nonetheless. You should always test your camping equipment before heading out. Whether it is new or an old equipment, make sure it is operating at full capacity to make sure it does not break down at the most inopportune time.


Final Thoughts

Christmas camping can deliver some memorable moments that will be fondly remembered through the years. Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas on how to make this Christmas celebration a unique and special one. Just remember that preparation is the key to success and never leave a stone unturned when it comes to planning a camping trip.

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Remember that safety should always be of utmost importance. Never take any unnecessary risk when it comes to camping during winter as this season is as beautiful as it is dangerous. But treat it with respect and it will give you an experience few can match up to. If you have any comments, suggestions, or additional discussions, please feel free to use the comments section below. 

Kevin Smith

About the Author

Kevin Smith

Ahoy there! The name’s Kevin Smith, the proprietor of this little travel and outdoors blog. The outdoors has always been a passion of mine since I was a kid as my parents were avid campers themselves. They taught me everything I know when it comes to camping, hiking etc. and I would like to do my part by imparting my know-how to like-minded individuals who enjoy the same hobby as me.I started this website in the hopes of helping other people when it comes to answering questions, giving tips and recommendations focusing on the camping niche. Along with some close friends of mine, we are here to help you make the most out of your outdoor experience. Enjoy your stay and enjoy the wild side!

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