No one likes to spend the holidays alone or at work, let alone on the road, far away from family and friends. Unfortunately, that’s the fate many truckers face. Although it may be hard, there are ways drivers can make the most of the mobile holidays.
Celebrating the Holidays on the Road
You’re not always in total control over your schedule, so plan accordingly. You don’t want to be in a position where you’ve over-scheduled the holiday activities, but aren’t able to attend due to work. Try to allow for some flexibility as to where and when the festivities will take place.
In the age of social media, you don’t have to settle for a phone call. Current technology, such as Skype, Facebook, Hangouts and other means will make you feel like your sitting right at the dinner table. Moreover, streaming video, Snapchat and Instagram are great means to participate in the holiday celebrations.
Don’t let the calendar constrain you
The calendar may tell you Christmas is on December 25 and New Year’s Eve is December 31, but who wants to play by the rules anyway? Reschedule the holidays if you know you’re going to be on the road those days. The holidays are all about getting together with family and friends not about the dates. Just because you’re not home on a certain date doesn’t mean you have to skip the holiday altogether.
Bring the holidays with you
Play the best of Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey on your radio. Pack a candy cane in your lunch. Spray gingerbread air freshener in the cab. Do whatever you can to bring a little bit of holiday cheer to your truck. The cab of the truck will never be the same as spending the holidays as home, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made more enjoyable.
Find some company
It may feel like you’re all alone, but you’re not the only truck driver on the road. Try to park at one of the many truck stops that want to make drivers feel welcome during the holidays. Get out of your cab, wish happy holidays to the truck stop employees and share a meal or talk with a fellow driver.