It’s almost time for your annual Memorial Day RV getaway. You’ve promised yourself that this year you will really enjoy the long weekend, not spend it on your phone or taking and retaking dozens of pictures to ensure you got the perfect shot. Keep that promise!
These days, it’s harder and harder to disconnect from the digital world but taking your RV out for a long weekend presents the perfect opportunity to cut the cord. Yes, it can be challenging because you’ll likely worry that your job needs you or family members back home could use your assistance. The reality is, they’ll all be there when you return.
So, in the meantime, you can practice ways to be fully present on your vacation and enjoy all that nature has to offer you. Here’s how you do it!
Limit Time Spent on Your Phone
We have become tethered to our smartphones. We feel lost without them. But when it’s time to truly relax and unwind, it’s best to put the phone down. Of course, having your phone charged up and readily available in the event of an emergency is just smart. But turning it off or leaving it inside your rig while you’re outside cooking or playing a game or going for a swim means you won’t feel compelled to check it every few minutes. You can also turn off notifications you’d normally receive from your news, email, and social apps.
Disconnect from Social Media Accounts as Needed
While it’s fun to take beautiful pictures of your surroundings and activities, posting said photos can quickly lead to you scrolling through your Facebook and Instagram feeds, taking your attention away from the natural beauty around you. Don’t miss your vacation because of social media! Take pictures, for sure, but try to wait until you get home to post them.
Get the Kids to Put Down the Tablets
If you have children, the tablet may be what they’re tethered to. Perhaps they’re obsessed with the most recent game or watching videos on YouTube. Whatever the case, limit your kids’ screen time, too. An RV camping trip is an experience that families should appreciate and the only way to do that is to spend some time together. Plan excursions doing outdoor activities your kids love and give them opportunities to be responsible for a camp-related tasks, such as gathering supplies and ingredients to make s’mores each night or corralling the pool toys into one area of camp.
Don’t Work While on Vacation, If You Can
Even for full-time RVers who work from the road, taking a break from work every now and again to recharge is essential. This is especially true for occasional RVers who maintain a brick-and-mortar residence and work a regular job. Whether you’re a full-timer or occasional RVer who works, alert your team members, direct report or boss, and any other people you interact with on a regular basis that you will be on vacation and unreachable during that time. Choose a point person (or people) to help oversee your projects and tasks while you’re out. If possible, do not check your email, and do not respond to phone calls and voice messages.
Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer season. Summer camping trips in your rig offer you the perfect chance to slow down, take time to enjoy the scenery and the people around you, and truly appreciate what you have, even if it’s not a lot.
How will you plan to unplug on your summer camping trips this year? Comment below or contact us today!