youtubeThe Holidays are right around the corner while the pandemic rages on. Surveys show many families plan to still get together to enjoy traditional celebrations while others are considering alternatives or canceling due to health officials' recommendations. Incorporating an RV, or two, into this year’s Holiday plans just might be what you need to enjoy a safer Holiday regardless of whether you plan a traditional or alternative celebration without having to cancel.

Let’s look at some possibilities:

Self quarantine two weeks before the celebration

Load up the RV with food, fuel, water and family to self quarantine for two weeks as you head over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house. Nowhere do health guidelines state that you have to self quarantine in a static location. With careful planning, you could plan a two week trip to a relative’s home without contacting other humans or potentially virus contaminated surfaces. With many elderly staying isolated in their homes this would be a great option for enjoying a Holiday celebration with grandparents while minimizing risks.

Quarantine as you go

Celebrate outside while social distancing

Self contained RVs with refrigeration, ovens, kitchen sinks, microwave ovens, etc contain everything you need to prepare a Holiday meal and outside is always just a few steps away. While many parts of the Pacific Northwest will likely be too cold to enjoy an outdoor celebration, it is a more viable option on the temperate west side of Cascades. Another option is to head south in the RV to warmer climates. The northern end of the Sacramento Valley is only a 9 hour drive from Seattle. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60’s in November and mid 50’s in December with only a few days of rain on average. This is an easy drive in the RV for your family and others that want to get together for an outdoor celebration. For families that don’t already own an RV, consider renting an RV and have it delivered and set up at a campground or at a relative’s home.

Social distancing around the campfire

What might an outside RV Holiday celebration look like?


While the meal is being prepared, family members can watch the big game via the exterior TV on the RV then enjoy the feast while social distancing under the RV patio awning, covered picnic area or consider renting a large canopy for a larger group. Afterwards, go for a walk around the campground to make room for dessert.

Enjoying a family meal outdoors (photo courtesy of GoRVing)


Decorate the exterior of your RV with Christmas lights, decorate a live tree at your campsite to serve as a Christmas tree or bring one with you. Open gifts around the campfire while enjoying hot chocolate. Afterwards, sit back and watch Christmas movies on the exterior TV under the RVs patio awning. Want to experience a Pacific Northwest white Christmas in 2020? It’s easy with an RV, just head east or towards the mountains until you find the white stuff which shouldn’t be much of a problem in this La Nina winter.  

Remember -  History depicts the first Thanksgiving and Christmas being celebrated outdoors so doing so in 2020 is nothing new!

The first Christmas was basically celebrated outside

New Year's Day:

Most state parks in the Pacific Northwest offer “first day hikes”. This is a great opportunity to go camping while social distancing with family as you enjoy a first day hike in what is likely a very scenic location. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of hot cider while social distancing around the campfire.

New Year's spread

Staying Warm:

In any of the above scenarios you will want family members to stay warm and comfortable, some options to consider include: portable propane radiant heaters, overhead electric radiant heaters, wearable heated blanket, and of course the venerable campfire!

Final Thoughts:

Even if you are considering a conventional get together this year, it’s worth considering RVs as part of the equation. They make a great spare bedroom which minimizes shared space within the host’s home. They also supply another oven to prepare meals and an additional refrigerator to store leftovers. It is also a safer way to travel allowing you to skip the airport and hotels while heading to grandma’s house.

However you decide to celebrate this year, have a Happy Holiday season and stay safe!

Dave Helgeson
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Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.


0 #2 Dave 2020-12-01 18:29
Thanks for the heads up. We trusted what we found online.
0 #1 Brenna 2020-12-01 00:26
I just wanted to comment that the drive from Seattle to the Sacramento valley is much longer than 9 hours. We live in Olympia and are from the Sacramento area. It takes us 11 hours to get there. That’s not including any stops for gas or food.

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