How to Enjoy a Campervan Christmas This Year

By Dave Webb on December 22nd, 2021

Christmas is the most exciting holiday of the year and is a time when everyone wants to spend time with their loved ones and follow their own traditions. The lead up to Christmas can often be stressful with so much to organise and trying new traditions will only add to this. If you’re experiencing something new this year like having a campervan Christmas, Redline Campers is here to help!

If you find yourself under different circumstances, read our blog to discover the best tips on how to prepare for this time of year and allow yourself the perfect Christmas in your campervan without any added stress! 

Campervan Christmas Decorations

Because of the limited space in a campervan, you can’t have lots of decorations or a big tree, but that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate appropriately. It just means you have to get creative!

A definite must is sizing down your Christmas tree so that it’ll fit the space you have available. Instead of a large tree that takes up the floor space, you should opt for a small Christmas tree that you can place on the counter or table. If you insist on having a real Christmas tree, you can also get small potted alternatives so you don’t have to compromise on this aspect of your tree! 

If you have open wall space you can use it to hang your Christmas stockings. Not only will they add to the festive spirit, but they can also double as a place to put small gifts in, instead of the floor. A great way to attach them to the wall is using command hooks as that way you won’t have to put up a string or damage the campervan interior walls.

For extra festivity, you could try adding window wrap with festive motifs such as snowflakes, reindeers or festive sparkles to the windows of your campervan. Alternatively, you could use snow spray to add a frosted effect to the side glass. This is a great way to decorate your campervan because it’s inexpensive and doesn’t compromise the available space. 

The next step in preparing your camper for the holidays is of course the string lights. You can hang colourful Christmas lights all around the windows or around the ceiling to add some cheery illumination and bring out the childhood nostalgia without taking up too much space.

Christmas Dinner in a Campervan

One of the biggest Christmas traditions is the festive dinner. Cooking a full turkey Christmas dinner in a campervan can be quite the challenge, so you might need to improvise. Some shops sell pre-cooked turkeys so if you want to stick with this traditional festive bird, why not try buying a pre-prepared roast and simply heat it up. This way, you still get the authentic experience and taste of a proper Christmas roast without the worry of finding space and bringing an oven to roast an entire turkey in your campervan. 

For those who don’t like to follow traditions too strictly, you could just choose something else that would be easier to prepare in the oven of your camper. Some easy recipes to cook in a camper kitchen include chilli, pasta, and a hearty beef or chicken stew. 

If you’re spending your Christmas at a site with other campers, it’s likely that you’ve socialised and met a few people staying there as well. In this case why not invite them to have a campervan Christmas celebration together? That way, if your kitchen space is small you don’t need to worry about finding space to cook your feast as you can divide up the dishes between the group! Everyone can contribute something to the dinner table and if the weather allows it, you could even set up tables and benches outside to have a big festive get together. 

Alternatively, if you prefer a smaller, more intimate Christmas meal and would rather avoid the stress of cooking a Christmas meal in your campervan, you could always just go out for a nice meal. Hit your local pub for a classic roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding and plenty of gravy or book a fancy restaurant for something even more special.

Choose Campervan-Friendly Gifts

As we already discussed, campervans have very limited space so you should choose your gifts carefully while bearing this in mind. Rather than huge presents and lots of them, try and get things that are small and sentimental. This way you’ll also have to be more mindful when choosing gifts and actually think about the person you’re buying for and what they would like. 

You can find creative campervan themed presents for your loved ones such as mugs or hoodies. You could even buy gifts for your loved ones that would come handy when camping for example a phone mount or a foldable camping chair. 

Prepare for the Cold Weather

Winter weather can be a bit unpredictable and depending where you are you might have a rather white Christmas. So before you kick off the festive celebrations, make sure you’re prepared in case of any weather emergencies. Make an emergency kit to keep in your camper in case anything happens while you’re on the road. The most important things to include in it are:

  • Essential medications such as paracetamol and ibuprofen
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Tool kit
  • Spare clothes
  • Enough food and water supplies
  • Pet food and medications if required
  • Baby items such as formula, nappies and wipes if you’re travelling with kids
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches, candles or torches

Spending Christmas in a campervan is sure to bring you and your family closer to each other and to nature. It’s also a great way to make some precious memories on the road which is one of the most important things about camping. Whether you’re looking for used or custom campervans, Redline Campers has got something for everyone! Get in touch with us for more information about our campervans and give yourself the best campervan Christmas possible!

Written by

Dave Webb

Redline Campers