Thanksgiving in a camper van; host #vansgiving

Host #Vansgiving

10 Steps for Celebrating Thanksgiving 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 in a camper van at your favorite campsite? If you did, that sure would make hiking after the meal 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.

Put out wine, beer, and other beverages in one of your rented camper vans. This is a Eurovan Camper. We used the cover of the sink and stove to create a horizontal surface. Worked like a charm.

Thanksgiving in a camper van; host #vansgiving
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.

Thanksgiving in a camper van; host #vansgiving
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!

Thanksgiving in a camper van; host #vansgiving
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.

Thanksgiving in a camper van; host #vansgiving
STEP 6: MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL. 

You won’t need to go the florist or buy special table decor because nature provides the beauty. Just gather up whatever the season and your location provides.

Thanksgiving in a camper van; host #vansgiving
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. Therefore, you’ll find all the plates, bowls and even serving platters you need inside your van.

Thanksgiving in a camper van; host #vansgiving
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.

Thanksgiving in a camper van; host #vansgiving
STEP 10: LIGHT A CAMP FIRE.

Make sure you light a fire. You’ll be enjoying it long into the night. Nice job. You just hosted Thanksgiving in a camper van. Happy #Vansgiving!

Thanksgiving in a camper van; host #vansgiving

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.

All photos by: Tim Acock

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