Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip

Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RV - Camping For Foodies .com

The big camping holidays: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving. WHAT? Yes, I said Thanksgiving! If you have not tried it, you should. One of the big bonuses is having all of the outdoor activities associated with camping after you finish your big turkey dinner with all the trimmings! You’ll love our Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Tent Or RV Trip! Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.

Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving Easy And Fun

1. Use a checklist

Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RV - Use a checklist - Camping For Foodies .com

Some people go camping so often that they don’t need reminders or checklists to organize for a trip. But, the most seasoned campers may not even think about special items needed for camping on a holiday during the off-season. Using a good checklist will keep you organized and stress-free when you are camping on Thanksgiving! Get your FREE copy of my Ultimate RV and Tent Camping Checklist and More!

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2. Plan your destination and route with weather in mind

Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RV - Plan your destination and route with weather in mind - Camping For Foodies .com

Destination: If you are staying at a campground, public park or RV park, make your reservations well in advance and check with the staff to see if they have any restrictions or advice for camping over the holiday. Ask about local events, weather, planned road closures and sources of information where you can receive updates. You wouldn’t want to be a “surprise entry” in the local Thanksgiving parade, right?

If you are staying in a remote area like a National Forest, BLM Land or other dispersed camping area you should verify the area and the access roads you plan to use will be open for your arrival through your departure. Many remote areas are seasonal and close the gates to visitors. Some closures are based on calendar dates, others are based on weather conditions so check with the governing agency to get the local details.

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Staying Warm Camping In A Tent - Camping For Foodies .comCamping on Thanksgiving in a tent can be a little challenging if the weather at your destination is cold. Check our our Staying Warm Camping In A Tent post for some tips to camp comfortably year round!

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Winter RV Camping Tips - RV Camp Throughout The Year And Love It - Camping For Foodies .comMost destinations will be mild enough to just do your regular thing if your Thanksgiving camping trip is in an RV. But, if you happen to go to a location with cold winter weather, you should check out our Winter RV Camping Tips post … especially if winter RVing is new for you.

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Winter Camping Clothes - Camping For Foodies .comDress for success! I have to admit, I am the first one to get cold and the last one to warm up when we are camping in cold weather. So, I had to find ways to stay warm (and quit complaining about the temperature) before I was un-invited on winter camping trips! 😉 LOL. Our Winter Camping Clothes Keep You Toasty! post will keep your body loving you so you (and your camping buddies) will totally enjoy camping on Thanksgiving!

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Camping In National Forests - Camping For Foodies .comIf you are camping in a National Forest, you may want to familiarize yourself with some rules. Our Camping In National Forests post has helpful tips and rules.

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Route: Consider the road and weather conditions along your travel route. Plan for an alternate route in case your primary route is closed for some reason. We decided to spend one Thanksgiving holiday weekend at the Burnt Corral Campground on Apache Lake. Even though Apache Lake has similar weather and elevation to the Phoenix metro area, there is no direct way to get there because those big beautiful Superstition Mountains are in the way! So, our departure and destination weather was great but because of the travel route and higher elevations we traveled through, we experienced rain and snow on our drive. Our trip was safe but slower than normal.


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5-Way Powered Emergency AM/FM/SW/NOAA Weather Alert Radio for these Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RV5-Way Powered Emergency AM/FM/SW/NOAA Weather Alert Radio

It’s always handy to have a Weather Alert Radio on camping trips (no matter what time of year you are traveling). In addition to AM/FM/SW/NOAA Weather Alerts some models also have a flashlight, reading lamp, cellphone charger and they operate on various types of power including solar!

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3. Bring the right tools and gear

Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RV - Bring the right tools and gear - Camping For Foodies .com

Be prepared with the appropriate vehicle and tools for the worst case scenario in weather. It’s a good idea to monitor the weather before your departure as well as during your stay. We all know weather forecasts are always 100% accurate … cough, cough. You may need special equipment in your vehicle like snow scrapers, chains on your tires, shovels, jumper cables, traction tools and ice melt pellets etc.

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Snow Brush With Foam Grip for these Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RVSnow Brush With Foam Grip

It’s always handy to have a Snow Brush when you are camping on Thanksgiving because you never know when you might need it for your vehicle as well as your regular camping equipment like tents, awnings, RV rooftop, picnic tables, grills etc. The brush is great for removing rain water too!

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Tire Traction Chains for these Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RVTire Traction Chains

People who live in harsh winter conditions use Tire Traction Chains often but for those of us who live in milder climates … the question is more like “Chain what?” This is one thing you don’t want to overlook if there is even a remote possibility that you will need them.

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Adjustable Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel for these Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RVAdjustable Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel

Most campers have some sort of shovel for camping. Make sure yours is easily accessible throughout your Thanksgiving camping trip … especially during travel. We think the most convenient shovels are adjustable and can be disassembled for easy storage and packing like this Adjustable Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel.

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Jumper Booster Cables for these Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RVJumper Booster Cables

Doesn’t everyone have a set of Jumper Cables? Well, at least MOST everyone does … Just make sure you don’t leave them in your garage!!!!! Ummmm, we may have done that once … the good news is that we learn from our mistakes  😉 LOL

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Subzero GripTrax Traction Tools for these Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RVSubzero GripTrax Traction Tools

Having emergency Traction Tools that can provide additional traction in snow and mud is a really good idea for Thanksgiving camping trips especially because forecasts are not always accurate. If you expect dry weather but a storm rolls in and produces wet conditions, you want to make sure you don’t get stuck because of traction issues.

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Non-Toxic Ice Melter for these Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RVNon-Toxic Ice Melter

Walking around a slick campsite with snow and ice is dangerous so consider packing a Non-Toxic Ice Melter when camping on Thanksgiving. We like using non-toxic products that are safe for animals, people and vegetation. 🙂

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RV Tool Kit Checklist - Items To Carry In Travel Tool Boxes - Camping For Foodies .comDon’t forget to bring the normal tools too! Get your FREE copy of our RV Tool Kit Checklist too!

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The National 5-1-1 Travel Information Alert System is a great resource for nationwide travel info. If you are traveling within Arizona I can’t say enough good stuff about ADOT. I just LOVE them! Their communication team is totally on top of information about traveling in this beautiful state of Arizona. They are FABULOUS with their twitter updates. If you are not on Twitter and you will be traveling around Arizona, ADOT is enough of a reason to get tweeting! If you tweet a question to them, they will answer you almost immediately about road conditions, closures, anticipated openings etc. You can find them at https://twitter.com/ArizonaDOT. You can also find traffic updates from them at AZ511.gov, and by dialing 5-1-1 in Arizona from any landline or mobile phone, Outside Arizona, dial 1-888-411-ROAD (7623).

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4. Plan the big meal

Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RV - Plan the big meal - Camping For Foodies .comThere are a few things to consider when planning your Thanksgiving camp meal.

  • How large is the group? Do you WANT to have leftovers or just enough for one meal?
  • What is your cold-storage capacity before and after the meal?
  • Are you making dishes that travel well? How many can be made in advance at home?
  • Can you serve out of the vessel the food is cooked in? Do you need special serving utensils?
  • Do you need special cooking equipment or fuel sources?

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Thanksgiving Dinner At The Campsite With The Camping For Foodies Family - Camping For Foodies .comTo have the entire meal ready at the same time, consider using various cooking methods. Get tips for cooking the big meal on our Thanksgiving Dinner At The Campsite With Camping For Foodies post.

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Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at the Campsite - Camping For Foodies .comGet our entire menu and recipes for a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner At The Campsite with turkey and all the trimmings!

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Cook Turkey While Camping On A Propane Grill - Camping For Foodies .comDon’t know how to cook a turkey at the campsite? No worries, we can help! Our Grilled Thanksgiving Camping Turkey Recipe post includes 3 different methods to cook turkey while camping!

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5. Make memories and reflect on the holiday

Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RV - Make memories and reflect on the holiday - Camping For Foodies .com

Because you probably won’t be camping on Thanksgiving every year, make it special when you do. The unique combination of a camp setting and a special holiday allows you to get creative in the ways you celebrate and remember your holiday.

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Thankful Pumpkin Paper Plates And Napkins for these Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RVThankful Pumpkin Paper Plates And Napkins

One of the easiest ways to “decorate” for a festive holiday feeling when camping on Thanksgiving is to use things like Thankful Pumpkin Paper Plates And Napkins. Even if you typically use reusable plates on your regular camping trips, I recommend using disposable plates for your Thanksgiving dinner to reduce the amount of cleanup required after your big feast.

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President Abraham Lincoln photo via CivilWar.org for these Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip In A Tent Or RV

Take time to reflect on what you are thankful for and the meaning of Thanksgiving.  Here’s a bit of history on the holiday from Wikipedia:

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.[1] Thanksgiving was also celebrated nationally in 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington.[2] As a federal and public holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.

Read more on Wikipedia here: Thanksgiving (United States)


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Kim Hanna is the creator of Camping For Foodies®. On her blog, http://www.CampingForFoodies.com, she shares her passion for camping, hiking and cooking as well as living a balanced yet dream-pursuing life. Kim has appeared on several local TV networks, in magazines and at live special events as the ‘Modern Society Weekend Escape Expert’ she has become…inspiring others to unplug from their hectic lives one camp recipe at a time. She believes many adults are so consumed with their 24/7 connected lives that they don’t take time to enjoy nature and live in the moment. Kim gladly issues “permission slips” to adults who request them! She is a contributor to AZ Outdoor Magazine and has her own cooking segment on the Great Food Good Neighbors TV show. Kim is a Christian and lives in Phoenix with her husband and two cats.

2 thoughts on “Tips To Make Camping On Thanksgiving An Easy And Fun Trip

  • 16 November, 2015 at 8:28 am
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    My wife and I just got a new enclosed camping trailer. We thought it would be a really fun idea to go camping for Thanksgiving this year. We have a few friends that we have invited as well. I appreciate you tips on planning for the big meal. Obviously a huge part of the holiday is Thanksgiving dinner. I think it’s a good idea to consider how big of a group we have. That will help us decide how much food to bring. Thanks again for the great tips!

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    • 17 November, 2015 at 11:03 am
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      Hi Logan! Congrats to you and your wife on your new camping trailer! I’m sure you will have a great Thanksgiving celebration this year with your friends in your new trailer. I’d love to hear about your experience afterwards; please keep me posted. Enjoy all of your upcoming adventures!

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