RV lifestyle tips: have fun celebrating the holidays with your own unique traditions.

Any experienced RVer will tell you that celebrating the holidays while traveling takes some special know-how. Armed with this knowledge, though, partaking in the holiday season while on the road can be an enjoyable experience.

Try these RV lifestyle tips from Explorer RV Insurance for the holidays.

Ship smart . Since you’ll be away from family and friends, personally delivering their presents is out of the question. So, you’ll have to rely on other methods.

Mailing your gifts early enough allows you to save costs by choosing the least expensive shipping options. (If you’re dealing with perishables, though, you’ll need to use faster, more costly shipping methods.) Compare shipping rates online for various services, or call these numbers:

DHL: (800) CALL-DHL

FedEx: (800)-GOFEDEX

UPS: (800) PICK-UPS

U.S. Postal Service: (800) ASK-USPS

Protect your gifts by using strong boxes, adequate packing material (such as bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts or newspapers) and shipping insurance.

And take advantage of online retailers that will ship your present for you. Many offer gift-wrapping services for a nominal price.

Think small. Opting for a 12-foot tree just isn’t going to work in an RV. However, you may be able to use a small real or artificial tree. And you can always make your RV more festive with garlands, wreaths, holiday lights and smaller decorative touches.

Consider size when buying presents, unless you’re planning on ordering and shipping online. Most RVs don’t have much room for additional large or bulky items – even if they only need to be stored for a few days.

Travel with a plan. Traveling on a holiday often means a pleasant ride with less traffic and fewer stops. But, if being on the road on a holiday doesn’t qualify as one of the unique traditions you’re willing to accept, how about leaving for your destination a few days earlier than normal to avoid peak traffic? Then depart a couple of days later than you may have planned.

Also, be prepared with detailed maps (or perhaps a GPS) so you can navigate around congested areas. Smart phones and CB radios can deliver up-to-the-minute information on roadway conditions and traffic hazards.

Be ready. RVers should always have an emergency kit in their vehicle, complete with items such as blankets, first aid kit, flashlight, flares, batteries, matches, water, manual can opener and non-perishable food items. But, it’s even more critical to have a kit during the holiday season, when poor weather is common throughout most of the country.

Does your RV insurance protect your RV lifestyle?

The holidays are a busy period for everyone – including RVers. So, you may not want to think about RV insurance during this period.

At Explorer RV Insurance, we understand this. But, we encourage you to consider your RV insurance needs before – or after – the holiday period.

Give us a call at 1-888-774-6778. We’ll review your current coverage to see if you have the correct types and amounts of insurance for your situation. So, you can enjoy your relaxed RV lifestyle the rest of the year without the nagging worry of not having enough financial protection.