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

In anticipation of the big meal, I’m always anxious to go on a hike or otherwise get some exercise to justify that second piece of pumpkin pie. This year why not host Thanksgiving at your favorite campsite? Sure would make hiking pretty darn easy.

Here are 10 steps for creating the perfect #Vansgiving.

STEP 1: RENT SOME GOCAMP CAMPER VANS.

  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.

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.

  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 create 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 create a fun party space inside the van.

  STEP 4: PUT OUT APPETIZERS . GoCamp vans all have camp tables and table cloths. Bring a few special items from your own pantry, stop for fancy cheeses on the way out of town, and voila, appetizers!

STEP 4: PUT OUT APPETIZERS. GoCamp vans all have camp tables and table cloths. Bring a few special items from your own pantry, stop for fancy cheeses on the way out of town, and voila, appetizers!

  STEP 5: INVITE FRIENDS.  Reserve several vans 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. Reserve several vans 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: MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL.  You won’t need to go the florist or buy special table decor. Nature provides the beauty, just gather up whatever the season and your location provides.

STEP 6: MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL. You won’t need to go the florist or buy special table decor. Nature provides the beauty, just gather up whatever the season and your location provides.

  STEP 7: CREATE A COOKING STATION . 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. 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: DISH IT UP.  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: DISH IT UP. 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 from home. These GoCamp vans are 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 from home. These GoCamp vans are 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

We celebrated Vansgiving on 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 options here and here.