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Lisa Brown
by Lisa Brown
Posted December 15, 2017

Your vacation request has been approved to go RV camping with your family for the upcoming holiday. You made your reservation to rent an RV through Outdoorsy and finally scored that perfect campsite. You’ve waited all year to get some quality family time, but you somehow missed one very teensy weensy thing…

Christmas Camper

“How is Santa going to find my family?”

We all know Santa loves festive decorations and is lured to lots of holiday lights. But, Santa needs a tree to put the toys under and he certainly needs to be able to find your RV from way up in the sky! In other words, you’re going to need some holiday decorations for this special week.

What’s an RVing family to do? GO SHOPPING!!!

Here is an easy and affordable shopping list of holiday decorations to spiff up your RV rental and make it ready for the festivities. Not only will it sparkle and shine, but I guarantee Santa will find your family and your campsite neighbors will be green with envy. You can go all out to make it a Griswald Christmas or make it simple.

So, put on your jacket, hat and mittens and don’t forget this list…


You don’t have to spend a boatload on holiday lighting these days. You can pick up a simple string of lights for next to nothing. Or, if you don’t want to mess with tangled cords and burned-out lightbulbs, you can buy a single laser spotlight that projects either holiday shapes or sparkles onto the exterior of your RV rental. Know what’s even cooler? Point those spotlights up into a tree! It will make the tree appear like it’s sparkling!

Holiday Projector Light

And speaking of outdoor holiday lights, if you’re thinking about boondocking in the middle of the desert or woods, you can even get solar powered Christmas lights! I just bought ours on Amazon!


Make Santa feel welcome with a cool mat! Get a fun themed one for less than ten bucks at a big box, craft or home improvement store. Show all who you welcome through your door your festive spirit. Also, they are just the ticket to wipe those feet before entering your RV Rental.

Holiday Welcome Mat


At holiday time, nothing says “welcome” louder than a beautiful wreath or big red bow on the door. If you’re not very creative, you can purchase a pre-made wreath for less than $20 at big box stores. But, if you have crafty fingers, you can purchase all of your wreath making supplies at your local craft store.

Holiday Bows

Regarding bows, you can make your own custom bow out of festive holiday wired ribbon or buy pre-mades. Learn how to make a custom bow for your wreath.

Holiday Ribbon


Your tree doesn’t have to be big for Santa to put gifts under it. In today’s market, miniature Christmas trees and decorations are quite popular and not expensive. There’s an array of themes, color schemes and goodies to trim your tree with. Take a jaunt over to your hobby and craft stores and I promise you they won’t disappoint when it comes to shiny things. Oh, and don’t forget a handsome tree skirt to complete the package!

Holiday Mini Trees


Not only will you need some cool lights for your mini tree, but wouldn’t it be awesome to string lights inside the RV or camper? Now you don’t even need electric to be able to sparkle and twinkle! It seems everywhere you look there’s a huge variety of battery operated candles, light strings, window lights, and fairy lights! You’re RV Rental Owner will surely love you if you opt for battery operated lights. So, show your festive spirit with layers of lights and be the envy of the campground!

And if you’re buying battery-operated lights, don’t forget to get lots of batteries!

Holiday Indoor Lights


A cool activity to do with the kids before or even during your holiday camping or RV trip is creating cutout paper snowflakes and paper chains in traditional or nontraditional holiday colors. You can also have them pick up pinecones and let them glue and glitter them for a bowl on the counter.

But, before attaching or adhering anything to the inside or outside of the RV that you rent, always ask permission and guidance from the owner. Some adhesives and tapes can cause damage to wood cabinetry, walls, exterior paint, etc.

For the windows, you can pick up those jelly-like stained glass ‘window clings’ in holiday characters, pictures and words for a few bucks.

Holiday Window Clings


Let’s not forget the tablecloth or placemats, festive plates, cups and napkins! At your local dollar stores, you can get holiday themed party ware for your holiday meals and entertaining. Even if you don’t get themed plates and napkins, you can color-coordinate red and greens for Christmas, blues and whites for Hanukkah and everything in between for your New Year’s celebration.

So, there’s your shopping list! Get your Santa hat on, grab your cash and head on out there to stock up for your holiday celebration on the road.


Lisa Brown

Already having been a nomad at birth, three continents and eight countries by her first birthday, traveling is in her blood. Upon graduating high school, she enlisted in the Coast Guard to feed her nomadic spirit and to sail the high seas. She married another Coastie and traveled even more. In 2014, they sold it all to seek high mountains, lush valleys, dark caves and deep canyons with their two cats. When she's not blogging or writing, you'll have a hard time finding her; she will be out riding her dual sport motorcycle or hiking with her husband. You can read more of writing on their blog


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