Special holidays only come once a year so you might need some camping tips to help you prepare for those unique occasions. Food is a big part of Thanksgiving camping trips but that is just the beginning of creating a fun, memorable and thank-filled celebration.
How To Have The Perfect Camping Thanksgiving Trip
Most people spend the Thanksgiving holiday in a home with family members gathered around a table for a huge feast followed by a day of watching football games on TV. But what if you want to enjoy the holiday in the great outdoors? We’ve got ideas for camping during Thanksgiving that will maintain the classic feel of the holiday while you are creating new traditions in the great outdoors!
Because so much of traditional Thanksgiving celebrations center on the meal, we are going to start with tips on how to cook conventional Thanksgiving recipes without a home kitchen.
Our typical menu includes Thanksgiving camping recipes of:
- Turkey that is cooked in a slightly modified Smokey Joe grill.
- Gravy that is made on a propane camp stove or in a cast iron skillet over a campfire.
- Sausage Dressing that is made in a cast iron camp Dutch oven.
- Cranberry Sauce that is prepared using a propane camp stove.
- Spiced Sweet Potatoes that are cooked in foil packets over a campfire.
- Spinach Salad that is mostly no-cook (although we do toast the almonds in a skillet.)
- Apple Pie that is baked in a cast iron camp Dutch oven.
- Apple Cider that is heated over a cooking fire on a campfire grate or using a propane camp stove.
Even when you are cooking in a fully equipped home kitchen, it is not easy to have the entire Thanksgiving meal ready to serve at the same time. These tips will help you prepare your dinner with cooking time in mind.
Knowing what to prep-ahead, what to cook first, and how to have your entire dinner, including side dishes, hit the Thanksgiving table at the same time is easy with these tips and tricks!
Let’s be honest, lots of people stress-out during the holiday season. Part of the beauty of camping on Thanksgiving is getting away from stress!
Whether you are planning to go to a national park, state park or head out to a national forest for dispersed camping, these tips will help you effortlessly plan your entire camping Thanksgiving weekend so you can focus on relaxing and reflecting on this important holiday.
Beyond the Thanksgiving feast and trip planning, you’ll want to design your trip to celebrate the holiday.
We’ve got ideas for fun Thanksgiving activities and campsite decorations that will bring a grateful tone to your Thanksgiving camp trip.
A great way to bring the spirit of the holiday to your campsite is by doing fun and inspirational Thanksgiving-themed camping crafts!
More Yummy Meal Ideas
If you don’t want to eat turkey and leftovers the entire weekend, try some of these easy and delicious camp cooking recipes, we’ve got tons of options!