My name is Abbi and I live full time in our RV with my husband Joe and our two girls, Paitynn and Kenadee. We are better known as “The Tiny Campers.” Our reason for going tiny is for simplicity as well as freedom of being able to take our home with us wherever we go.
Joe is military, and we have had to pick housing sight unseen before, and we were tired of having to do that. We decided one day we would go tiny and figured an RV would be best as they travel the easiest when moving and visiting family. That very next week we bought an old 1996 travel trailer and started gutting it and remodeled it in about 2-3 weeks and then moved in. We got rid of everything in less than a month and haven’t looked back. Since then, we’ve upgraded to a 2006 travel trailer with more space for us and the kids and we love it.
Since the Holidays are approaching fast, I wanted to talk a little bit about our RV lifestyle and some tips for Christmas including gifts, and décor. If this is your first year spending the Holidays in your RV, these tips are for you!
Christmas has always been minimal for us. We decided to follow the “4 Present” Rule.
1.) Something they want
2.) Something they need
3.) Something they wear
4.) Something they read.
Then they also get one gift from Santa.
They also get more than enough from family as well, so keeping it minimal from our end is key. I only like to buy quality gifts when Christmas shopping since the things they do have mean the most to them. Even if that means spending a few extra dollars on something.
1.) My first tip during this holiday season, especially with gifts, is to ask family members to buy experiences rather than toys. Ideas would be zoo memberships, movie tickets, amusement park tickets, or even gift cards they can use when we take road trips. If they insist on buying something besides that, recommend books! Books store so easily in the RV and are amazing for anytime of the day.
2.) Another tip is to donate before the holidays. That one toy my girls never play with could be someone else’s Christmas gift this year. We like to make room for anything new coming in, so my kids each get a bin to put stuff in and we take it to our local thrift store.
3.) Another tip is battery operated Christmas lights when decorating. Christmas lights barely use any amps, however when you have 10 strands inside and outside, it adds up. Battery operated lights work just as good and they don’t have to be plugged in.
We follow the minimalism through our decorating as well. We have one of those skinny pencil trees to fit our small space, and our ornaments are only sentimental ones we’ve collected throughout the years. We hang lights across our slide out, and place small décor throughout the living space for a pop of color and of course throw pillows! Any Christmas throw pillows I have get covered with a pillow cover after the holidays, so no wasted storage space. Luckily, a little bit goes a long way in such a small space, so I can decorated very minimally and it still feels perfect. We love to put on a Christmas movie and drink some hot chocolate while we decorate and it makes for the perfect evening.
Here’s a cute idea for the kiddos! Each Christmas Eve we lay out “reindeer food” before heading to bed. It’s so simple anyone can make it! Just mix it together and sprinkle outside for the reindeer on Christmas Eve.
Reindeer Food Ingredients:
2 cups raw oats
1 tablespoon red sprinkles
1 tablespoon green sprinkles
I hope you all enjoyed this blog about Christmas in our RV, and I’d be more than happy to answer any questions as well.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from The Tiny Campers!
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