Vansgiving - 10 Steps for Celebrating the Holiday in a Camper Van

We recently did a trial run Thanksgiving dinner in a GoCamp camper van. Total success! #Vansgiving here we come. Follow the ten steps below for making your Vansgiving equally fun and easy.

STEP 1: RENT SOME GOCAMP CAMPER VANS. (And enter the coupon code VANSGIVING at check out for a 10% discount!)

STEP 2: SET UP A BAR in one of your rented vans. This is the Rogue, a Eurovan Camper. We used the cover of the sink and stove to create a horizontal surface. Worked like a charm. Now go find some local Oregon and Washington wines. You'll have lots of great options.

STEP 2: SET UP A BAR in one of your rented vans. This is the Rogue, a Eurovan Camper. We used the cover of the sink and stove to create a horizontal surface. Worked like a charm. Now go find some local Oregon and Washington wines. You'll have lots of great options.

STEP 3: ENCOURAGE SELF-SERVE. All GoCamp vans have plenty of cups and wine glasses so you don't need to worry about having enough. We swiveled the two front seats to face the rear bench seat and created a fun party space inside the van.

STEP 3: ENCOURAGE SELF-SERVE. All GoCamp vans have plenty of cups and wine glasses so you don't need to worry about having enough. We swiveled the two front seats to face the rear bench seat and created a fun party space inside the van.

STEP 4: PUT OUT APPETIZERS. GoCamp vans all have camp tables and table cloths. You can have an appetizer table set up in no time. We love Grand Central Bakery for bread, and as we get closer to the holiday, they'll have lots of seasonal delights in their case.

STEP 4: PUT OUT APPETIZERS. GoCamp vans all have camp tables and table cloths. You can have an appetizer table set up in no time. We love Grand Central Bakery for bread, and as we get closer to the holiday, they'll have lots of seasonal delights in their case.

STEP 5: INVITE FRIENDS. If you book soon, you'll be able to reserve several vans and turn it into a real party. Or tag along with your friends that own vans. (They've been doing #Vansgiving without you for years.) Also, many GoCamp vans allow four-legged friends.

STEP 5: INVITE FRIENDS. If you book soon, you'll be able to reserve several vans and turn it into a real party. Or tag along with your friends that own vans. (They've been doing #Vansgiving without you for years.) Also, many GoCamp vans allow four-legged friends.

STEP 6: SHOP IN TOWN FOR FOOD. Back to the food... we also recommend a stop at Providore Fine Foods for cheeses, charcuterie, and a whole host of items you didn't know you needed. And for flowers, just gather whatever you find at your site.

STEP 6: SHOP IN TOWN FOR FOOD. Back to the food... we also recommend a stop at Providore Fine Foods for cheeses, charcuterie, and a whole host of items you didn't know you needed. And for flowers, just gather whatever you find at your site.

STEP 7: CREATE A COOKING STATION. Duke is polishing off a chanterelle soup here. It was crazy good. (Blame the butter and cream.) Some vans have kitchenettes inside, while with others we send you off with a Coleman stove for cooking. Either way you are set for preparing hot dishes.

STEP 7: CREATE A COOKING STATION. Duke is polishing off a chanterelle soup here. It was crazy good. (Blame the butter and cream.) Some vans have kitchenettes inside, while with others we send you off with a Coleman stove for cooking. Either way you are set for preparing hot dishes.

STEP 8: PRESENT THE PIE. Buy a few pies from Lauretta Jean's. Get at least one salted honey hazelnut pie. (You are welcome.) GoCamp vans are outfitted so that four people can hop in and go. That means you'll find all the plates, bowls and even serving platters you need inside your van.

STEP 8: PRESENT THE PIE. Buy a few pies from Lauretta Jean's. Get at least one salted honey hazelnut pie. (You are welcome.) GoCamp vans are outfitted so that four people can hop in and go. That means you'll find all the plates, bowls and even serving platters you need inside your van.

STEP 9: SERVE DINNER BUFFET STYLE. Use your GoCamp camp tables to create a buffet. We did a combination of cooking on site and bringing dishes made in advance. All the stores in town will be offering pre-cooked turkeys by the time you head out. From left to right: GoCamp vans Maupin, Rogue, and Tilly Jane. 

STEP 9: SERVE DINNER BUFFET STYLE. Use your GoCamp camp tables to create a buffet. We did a combination of cooking on site and bringing dishes made in advance. All the stores in town will be offering pre-cooked turkeys by the time you head out. From left to right: GoCamp vans Maupin, Rogue, and Tilly Jane. 

STEP 10: LIGHT A CAMP FIRE. Make sure you light a fire. You'll be enjoying it long into the night. Happy #Vansgiving! All photos by: Tim Acock  

STEP 10: LIGHT A CAMP FIRE. Make sure you light a fire. You'll be enjoying it long into the night. Happy #Vansgiving! All photos by: Tim Acock

 

For our Vansgiving test run we headed to a friend's farm - always a great option if you have friends with land. (Thanks Sam and Sue!!) But there are plenty of lovely campgrounds open in November. Check out our list of favorite fall campgrounds here.