Cooking In a Van, In a Blizzard – Living The Van Life

Cooking In a Van, In a Blizzard – Living The Van Life

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How to cook in a van? Living in a van is one thing. Living in a van during the winter is another. Surviving a blizzard in a van comes down to being prepared. In this video, I prepare and cook a meal in my 1991 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia campervan while an all out blizzard is coming down outside. It is fun pushing the limits in severe winter conditions when the wind is blowing, temperatures are below zero and the snow is falling down hard.

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The gear I use while Living The Van Life:

Cooking Gear:
Coleman Bottle Top Propane Stove:
12” Stone Earth Non-Stick Pan:
Tovolo Nylon Flex:
Farberware Cutting Board:
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes:
Jetboil MiniMo Camping Stove Cooking System:

Cold Weather Gear:
5KW 12V Diesel Heater:
Dehumidifying Packs (Moisture Control):

Misc Gear:
Hydro Flask 10oz wine tumbler:
Hydro Flask 12oz travel mug:
ARB 2500 Awning:
Off Road 300 Watt LED Light Bar:
Dimmable LED Lighting:
USB Mood Lights:
Sony Bluetooth Speaker:
Van Life Garbage Can:
Dehumidifying Packs (Moisture Control):
USB Charging HUB:
USB Fan (circulates heat from the heater):
Dash Mount Phone Holder:

Off Road Recovery Gear:
Hi-Lift Jack:
Hi-Lift Wheel Jack Strap:
Coyote Tire Deflators:
Portable Air Compressor:

My Camera Gear:
Canon EOS 70D:
Joby Vlog Tripod:
Rode VideoMic Pro Plus:
DJI Mavic Air:


  1. Lori Jones on April 2, 2023 at 9:56 am

    I really enjoy your cooking. Having such good food you’ve made yourself must be great while living in the van. You’re good at it!

  2. Jose Lopez on April 2, 2023 at 9:56 am

    I think I saw the same snow flake twice! YES I am not exaggerating.

  3. AwP NoT on April 2, 2023 at 9:56 am

    Use a hand grinder to cut vegetables n stuff into any size that you want

  4. Carlos Jimenez on April 2, 2023 at 9:57 am

    The very first video that got my hooked into living the van life love it πŸ₯ΆπŸ₯ΆπŸ₯ΆπŸ•οΈβ›ΊπŸšŒπŸš

  5. Biban on April 2, 2023 at 9:59 am

    Quesadilla, that is very good!

  6. Maria Socorro C Yarnold on April 2, 2023 at 10:01 am


  7. Wilson Toddd on April 2, 2023 at 10:03 am

    How. Can. I. Try. This. Maybe. I. Can. Go. Find. A. Ford. Van. To. Camp. Out. In. Like. What. You. Are. Doing. I. Thank. I. Will. Give. A. Try.

  8. Jane Doe on April 2, 2023 at 10:05 am

    Gross. Didn’t wash the vegetables.

  9. Thomas Webster on April 2, 2023 at 10:05 am

    Hi livingthevanlife I like how u huncker down in ur van. Got a ???? for ya come across the COUNTRY to BUFFALO, NY and see how u survive a truly CAPITAL BLIZZARD of the WORLD. I want to wish to be very safe and sound adventure.

  10. Real Estate InfoNet on April 2, 2023 at 10:06 am

    Awesome meal and adventure! Thanks for taking the time to share it with us! Sincere regards!

  11. Bob Bob on April 2, 2023 at 10:08 am

    Just curious…why worry cross contamination when all of it will be cooked? You only worry about chicken juice on raw veggies that will be eaten un cooked.

  12. Steve Annett on April 2, 2023 at 10:11 am


  13. Jesse Musraca on April 2, 2023 at 10:13 am

    With all the cooking you do outside in the nature, have you ever attracted wild animals by accident looking to join you for dinner?

  14. Peter Ford on April 2, 2023 at 10:14 am

    Your a dam good cook as well

  15. Rosa Hernandez on April 2, 2023 at 10:15 am

    Superb, thank you Chad πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’œ

  16. Jewel on April 2, 2023 at 10:15 am

    Hi Chad! I like how you give all those little tips while preparing your food. I can hear that wind howling about your van. Your meal turned out really good. I can almost smell it. It’s making me hungry. Thanks for sharing this video, Chad. Great as always. Keep safe. Drive safe. God bless you on your next adventure. Looking forward to your next one. 😘

  17. Llory Lloyd on April 2, 2023 at 10:16 am

    WOW!!! That snow is crazy. Seeing your van covered in snow yeah I’ll stay home, I’d feel like I’d get buried in. Delicious looking food as always. Be safe πŸ’•

  18. Tim Zett on April 2, 2023 at 10:18 am

    Italian cooking = passione, meal all ready . Spanish cooking = pasiΓ³n, meal all ready. Germany = anfangen, fertig, essen. Amerika=. Bla,bla,bla,bla,bla,bla,bla,bla,bla,bla,bla,bla,bla,…………..bla,bla,bla,bla πŸ˜‚ sorry

  19. Jay GoCrazy on April 2, 2023 at 10:20 am

    That chicken is NOT preseasoned πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

  20. Sages 101 on April 2, 2023 at 10:21 am

    What about condensation from cooking with no doors or windows open?

  21. V* & M* on April 2, 2023 at 10:21 am


  22. calvin marshall on April 2, 2023 at 10:21 am

    Hi chad where ya been?

  23. nglyo on April 2, 2023 at 10:25 am

    8:44 Why? Everything is going in the same place anyway… and its going to be the same when u start stirring again…

  24. askdrmakris on April 2, 2023 at 10:25 am

    what do you carry for emergencies? what kind of things

  25. Siddharth Singh on April 2, 2023 at 10:25 am

    small cooking tip….ADD MORE GARLIC. The more the better

  26. Dj Boz on April 2, 2023 at 10:25 am


  27. Penny Wittenberg on April 2, 2023 at 10:26 am

    Over the years I have been dealing with depression especially when I lost my husband and brother due to suicide…I resulted to doing drugs and drinking one night I came across your video winter camping in the van life and as I watched it I decided to give it a try and just to say that YOU SAVED ME …When I know I am about to fall off I pack up my tiny little camper go to a remote of the grid place watch your videos. Cook a simple meal and enjoy nature and life…I thank you for that😊

  28. Eric Duffy on April 2, 2023 at 10:30 am

    The chicken would slice easier if you let it sit outside and firm up.

  29. Doc Possum on April 2, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Forget the paper towel you need some good bread! πŸ˜‹

  30. Peter Ford on April 2, 2023 at 10:35 am

    How do you make a living if your van is your home

  31. Tyler Redforge on April 2, 2023 at 10:36 am

    As someone who lives in a van i prefer a hotplate to propane

  32. Jonathan C. on April 2, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Just another long commercial

  33. Curbozer Boomer on April 2, 2023 at 10:38 am

    Where/how does he handle defecation?

  34. Tyleign Tokarz on April 2, 2023 at 10:38 am

    You should try stuffed peppers over the fire
    Ground meat
    Bell Pepper

  35. LL on April 2, 2023 at 10:38 am

    Great video, I want to do it once. The only thing I didn’t feel too comfortable with in the video is the huge side and the pointiness of the knife, it could potentially be dangerous. Perhaps you want to use a shorter one without the pointy front.

  36. Ashish Kadam on April 2, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Admit it Chad.. You r a chef πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³πŸœπŸ§†πŸ₯˜

  37. askdrmakris on April 2, 2023 at 10:40 am

    FOR FUN – I love watching, never camped but maybe two night my whole life. afraid of my shadow and I am obsessed with the idea I could do it. thanks for posting.

  38. Living The Van Life on April 2, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Question of the day: What is your favorite vanlife subject?

  39. mona pula on April 2, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Thank you for your videos. I like watching them over keep up the good work!

  40. The Smalls RV Adventures on April 2, 2023 at 10:44 am

    Dude the van life is where it’s at. I used to take my wife and kids to work with me in our van. We had a 2016 Nissan NV 3500. We updated it earlier this year for our toe vehicle.

  41. papa t on April 2, 2023 at 10:44 am

    There’s no shame in a hotel room are you crazy?

  42. Happychappyvanlife on April 2, 2023 at 10:44 am

    This is the first ever coping in a van show that I watched. So good to see it again 😊

  43. Christine Stephens on April 2, 2023 at 10:45 am

    I bet he goes straight to his house 🏠 after each video. He paid by YouTube and sponsors.

  44. Jose Lopez on April 2, 2023 at 10:47 am

    Try Spanish chorizo and low heat steam it on a pan with a cover and turn it over the FLAVOR will be preserved and the taste is awesome.

  45. Bidyut Biswas on April 2, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Chad what the song name when you were driving with a drone shot ! Please let me know ? Thanks πŸ™

  46. Brian Geraghty on April 2, 2023 at 10:50 am

    Nice vid except I never use non-stick. Stainless or cast iron only. And fresh garlic always worth the extra effort!

  47. Fother Mucker on April 2, 2023 at 10:53 am

    This is the six time i see this video Just great blizzard sound and great food too
    Nothing more need to enjoy this

  48. Foad Najafi on April 2, 2023 at 10:54 am

    add garlic at the end, it burns fast!

  49. Brian Austin on April 2, 2023 at 10:54 am

    What do you do for entertainment ( read , DVD movies…etc ) ?

  50. Howdy Lewis on April 2, 2023 at 10:55 am

    Hi chad, you should get you a carbon steel frying pan, when the pan is seasoned right, it is super nonstick and will outlast most other nonstick pans. these pans will last forever and are practically indestructible. the surface will never peel or flake and they make taste soon good. the only downside is if you cook acidic foods it will pull up your seasoning but that’s not a big deal just reseason.

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