How to Spend the Holidays Outdoors + Wanderlust Printables

By Janey Velasco

We all know the outdoors are a great escape from reality. Whether you need a weekend away from work or a week-long camping trip with your best friends, connecting with nature will help you regroup and forget about the stressors of our day-to-day life.

But camping isn’t just for destressing, it’s an activity that can be enjoyed year-long. While scrolling through travel blogs and social media, you’ll find so much wanderlust inspiration that you’ll be wanting to head out as soon as possible. If your family is just as adventurous, why not plan your Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s festivities in the great outdoors?

 

 

To help, here are some handy tips to make your holidays extra special this season.

  1. Reserve your campsite early: If you already have a place picked out, go ahead and book it. Camping grounds get busiest during the holidays so having a secure spot for you and your loved ones allows for better planning.
  2.  Check the weather: No matter where you’re headed, you’ll want to know how to dress and what items to pack. Buy supplies ahead of time and go through all your camping gear to see what needs to be replaced.
  3. Plan health and fitness activities: There’s no doubt that the holidays call for overindulging. Make sure you do fun activities like hiking, yoga or you can even start the day with gratitude affirmations to help ring in the new year with a balanced mindset.
  4. Start a photo album: Make sure each family member or loved one takes lots of pictures. These are moments that will be cherished forever. At the end of the trip, you can make a fun photo album or travel journal. Include some fun wanderlust quotes to decorate your journal.
  5. Bring fun decorations: A holiday just isn’t merry without decorations. Find a local craft store and purchase a garland or better yet, gather materials like pine cones and branches from around your campsite and make the garland yourself. It’s something the whole family can enjoy. You can put it in your camper, cabin or tent.
  6. Have a gift exchange: To make your camping trip unique during the holidays, plan a gift exchange. It can be anything from a white elephant gift to a DIY craft. Make sure it’s a small one so that it can fit inside your car or RV.
  7. Plan some holiday games: To rest up from hiking, play some fun games like Christmas charades, stocking guessing game and even a game of Family Feud if there are many of you.
  8. Check out outdoor holiday events near you: If you’re camping near a city or cute town, you may want to check out their flea markets, tree lighting ceremonies and local holiday performances that take place outside.
  9. Cook your holiday feast over a campfire: There are many delicious camping recipes to choose from. Make sure you share a list with everyone in charge of cooking and assign roles so that everyone can contribute.
  10. Bring bug repellent: While the holidays bring together the whole family, bugs are unwanted guests that you do not want to celebrate with. Make sure you pack enough to get you through your camping trip.
  11. Send a holiday postcard: To share the experience with your loved ones, write down your experiences on these fun wonderlust printables (postcards) from Car Rentals. Include your favorite sites, activities and wish everyone a happy holiday.

 

 

As you can see, there are many ways to make the holidays unique and memorable. Spending this time outdoors definitely beats a crowded shopping mall and traffic any day! Check out a different camping site every year or even consider renting a fire lookout for some amazing views.

 

 

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Janey is a Content Marketing Specialist at Siege Media.

She enjoys writing on a variety of topics including travel, career and lifestyle.

In her free time, you can find her trying out a new coffee shop or planning her next trip.

32 thoughts on “How to Spend the Holidays Outdoors + Wanderlust Printables

  • December 20, 2019 at 9:57 am
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    Those are wonderful tips you got there. Sometimes spending your holidays outdoor can be quite fun and exciting.

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  • December 19, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    Although I am yet to do camping during winters, I do go out without fail during this time. Your tips are great and would be really useful coming from someone who does a lot of camping.

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  • December 19, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    I have never been on a camping trip during Christmas time. Good list of ideas 🙂

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  • December 18, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    Great post!!! I will be honest not a lot of people like outdoor activities during winter but it is an amazing way to get that stimulation during the winter. I love gift exchanging I feel like this brings up the entire holiday spirits.

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  • December 18, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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    There are some really good ideas here for sure. Cooking and a gift exchange are both fab xx

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  • December 18, 2019 at 10:49 am
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    I want to get away to nature around this time too. Especially since the weather is brisker so it will be a nice winter ambiance.

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  • December 18, 2019 at 5:16 am
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    I have never been camping. I have always considered it but so nervous about creepy crawlies so I havent. These are great for those who want to try.

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  • December 18, 2019 at 1:59 am
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    those printables are great. doing a photo album of your trip is a great idea.

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  • December 17, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    Some years it can be almost seventy degrees outside. I take advantage of the sun or snow when it comes to Christmas.

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  • December 17, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    Great guide. I cannot stress how important it is to take dozens and dozens of photos and print them out. especially now with digital many don’t print and you need those photo albums and framed photos.

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  • December 17, 2019 at 5:34 pm
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    These printables are adorable! I’m hoping we can spend some time outdoors this year!

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  • December 17, 2019 at 11:53 am
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    Oh wow! I can say these ideas are superb! I had never been out for adventure – like it’s been a long time. Or planning for one, so these tips are truly helpful!

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  • December 17, 2019 at 9:55 am
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    Hhhmmm….truth be told, I haven’t had one of these before. With your check-list, I have an idea on where to start from, though, Janey!

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  • December 17, 2019 at 7:00 am
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    What a great idea to go camping during the holidays and cook your feast over the campfire! I have never really considered sending a holiday postcard, did not think it was something people did but I love the idea! Of course, the weather needs to be looked at, one must make sure they’re warm enough if they’re gonna be camping in the winter.

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  • December 16, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    What a GREAT list!!! Planning on doing plenty of these for sure!! Thanks for the ideas

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  • December 16, 2019 at 9:05 pm
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    I think a holiday campfire feast is such a fun idea! I don’t think I would have ever thought of that on my own. There are some great ideas here.

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  • December 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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    I love the outdoors so much. We are creatures of this earth and nature is our connection with it.

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  • December 16, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    I like camping and we did it once during Thanksgiving Break. Fortunately at where we live it’s not too cold, although we got below zero on the first night. I think to decorate the campsite during the holiday camping is a great idea. I never thought about doing it.

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  • December 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm
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    Very cool! Here in Arizona, it is pretty easy to spend time outdoors during the Holidays because the weather is generally super nice!

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  • December 16, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    It’s been a while since I went camping but it’s a great idea and I love the photo album, keeps all the memories dow the line.

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  • December 16, 2019 at 5:16 pm
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    I really like these tips for holiday camping. We’ve never done this before, but it would be fun to get together with other families and maybe start a tradition. Some holiday games sounds fun for everyone.

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  • December 16, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    I love gifts exchange and holidays and it would always be great to have gifts exchange during camping holidays. Holidays are very busy times for travel industry and therefore it would always be great to book a campsite in advance to avoid last-minute hassles. Cooking holiday feasts and playing holiday games sound so relaxing with our loved ways. Thanks for sharing wonderful holidays ideas.

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  • December 16, 2019 at 7:00 am
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    I too liked the idea of gift exchange the most. Never done that in my previous travels. Though camping during winters is something I can’t get myself to do. Nevertheless, it all sounds so much fun with all the activities you mentioned. Great wanderlust quotes.

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  • December 16, 2019 at 5:22 am
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    I am all for spending holidays in the wild. This year, however, will be the first year that I will not be doing so. Pity coz I would have loved trying out some of these like the gift exchange in the wild. Thanks for the tips either ways.

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  • December 14, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    We have given up camping. But our children all love to camp and would love the spend the holidays camping. Camping would be a great way to have a different holiday experience. Good tips for planning.

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  • December 14, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    I love hiking and being outdoors but I’m no longer much of a camper. Glamping and trailer camping for sure but I’ve long put aside my tent. The gift exchange sounds fun. We love doing White Elephant exchanges, it’s always exciting to see what people brought.

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  • December 14, 2019 at 1:25 pm
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    I love spending time outdoors and vacations as well. I can’t say I’m too much into it, I love combining various vacation types

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  • December 14, 2019 at 4:42 am
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    We are camping next weekend and this list is so helpful! I agree on the decor our little campsite was the cutest last year. It total set the mood.

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  • December 14, 2019 at 3:29 am
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    I’d love to go glamping one day cos bare camping is not for me lol. I love my amenities.

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  • December 13, 2019 at 9:07 pm
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    I would never have thought to go on a camping trip during Christmas! That’s a great idea to have a gift exchange so that it still feels like Christmas!

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  • December 13, 2019 at 3:23 pm
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    Great guide here and being from the United Kingdom, I wouldn’t have thought about camping outdoors during the winter. Am I right to assume that is for people who want to camp into the warmer states of America? But to be honest, this does sound appealing, getting away from all the commercialism of Christmas and to be with nature.

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