Ask around the trucking industry for opinions on what it's like to be on the road during the holidays and you'll usually get some version of, "It's just another day to me." However, if you're the kind of person that loves this time of year, that might not be how you want to go about things, even if the realities of the job force you to keep working when you'd rather be at home. So how can you have a little more fun as the holidays approach?
We have a few ideas that could help:
1) Send home packages from the road
If you want to really shake things up this holiday season, you can play the role of Santa for your family, according to DriveCo. Invest in some nice wrapping paper and tape, as well as a few cardboard boxes of varying size. Then, when you see something in a store and think to yourself, "[Insert loved one here] would love that," you can buy it for them and send it — fully gift-wrapped — from the road.
2) Get in the spirit with holiday listening habits
It may be hard to get into the holiday spirit when you're away from home and the opportunity to get cozy on the couch or decorate the tree, DriveCo., added. To combat that issue, make a simple change: Start listening to Christmas music or audiobooks of holiday classics. Whether it's that fantastic soundtrack to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" or a beautiful reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," you can quickly put yourself in the right mood.
3) Stay in touch
This is, of course, a key way for truckers to feel good away from home throughout the year, but being in regular contact with your loved ones back home is especially important during the holiday season, according to America Truck Driving School. Set aside plenty of time to text, video chat or talk on the phone so you feel more connected.
4) Don't feel pinned down by the day itself
Being on the road for Christmas or New Year's Day is often part of the job, but it doesn't have to ruin your celebrations, America Truck Driving School said. There's no law that says you can't celebrate on Dec. 21 or Jan. 3, right? Just make plans with your family to have an entire day to yourselves, whenever you get the chance, and you won't feel like you're missing as much.
5) Take advantage of unique opportunities
One great thing about being a trucker who's away from home on those big holidays is the spirit of the season can still be found on the road, according to Trucker.com. Many truck stops offer freebies — including full meals — for drivers on Christmas. You can also gather together with your colleagues to celebrate in your own way. That extra bit of effort may go a long way when you're not at home.
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