So let’s just skip right to the chase…
FOR THE RV or CAMPER
Even RVs and Campers need to be vacuumed. Get one that picks up pet hair, sand, gravel, etc.
We see them all over the parks and makes great conversation starters since we see their names. They fold up small so they don’t take up space or weight.
We LOVE these because they are solar powered so we don’t need to plug them in! They can blink, in a pattern or burn steady. We used them to line our steps so we can see at night.
If they don’t have a residential refrigerator with a built in ice maker, this are a must-have!
They are faster cooking, easier to clean up after and can be left cooking while we are out hiking, shopping and sightseeing.
Collapsible Kitchen Bowls, Colander, and Measuring Cups – they store beautifully and won’t break while in transit.
For all of our electronics such as phones, computers, notepads, etc.!
These are great for power outages or when we’re on the road or day trips.
Like above however, these don’t need to be plugged in to charge. It only needs the sun!
Since we are minimalists, we can’t have a thousand picture frames in our RV’s however, we love to show off our families and friends. Make sure you include an SD card…with a few of your own photos loaded on it! Good quality is a plus!
We pray we won’t ever get into an accident but if or when we do, we need proof for court and our insurance.
OUTDOOR GEAR & CAMPING EQUIPMENT
Some of us hike or trek. Ideas are hand compass, small handheld GPS, trekking poles, backpack(s), multi-use tool, waterproof topography maps, water bottle or stainless water bottles, flashlight(s), first aid kit, personal water filter kit, energy bars, etc.
You can’t believe the many uses these offer. Not only for spotting cool looking birds out our back window but also, in the passenger side of our truck. While transiting, the passenger can look through them to see traffic up ahead, exit signs, fuel stations, wildlife, etc.
LED Lantern and/or Flashlights
We love to walk everywhere and sometimes it’s really dark outside! Get one…two…or five…all different sizes too! Seriously, we can never have too many. We have about five; one in the truck, two in the RV, underneath storage compartment, and backpack.
Outland Propane Fire Pit
These are amazing because most RV parks and Resorts no longer allow wood burning fires. As well, firewood is expensive and not easy to acquire. Add in a couple of those small green propane canisters you can find in the camping section of stores.
Every RVer needs a grill!
Small Hand-Carry Soft Cooler
Fill this sucker up with a couple of can and bottle koozies, bottle/can opener, wine bottle opener, ice packs, vinyl tablecloth, wet wipes, etc. A ’12-pack’ size is great for a day trip out. Also, a nice thing to have when we go grocery shopping to put our raw meats in to keep them from spoiling on the way home on hot days. We have one and its worth a
million dollars to us!
Books of Post Card and First Class Stamps
Some of us still like to ‘write home’. Add in a nice pen and pencil set and some all-occasion box of greeting cards too! We still send birthday, get well, sympathy, and congrats cards.
This one is what we have! We still need to print things like insurance cards, shipping labels, documents to sign, etc. Pair it with an extra BLACK or COLOR print cartridge and small ream of paper. Don’t forget to buy a printer cable too.
Most times, we are going to be far from family. Help us to come visit you. It also gives us ‘a vacation from our vacation’. (again, humor us!) Pack them inside a small carry-on bag with some destination maps to make it fun!
We mentioned this in our 7 Road Trip Books and Travel Guides for the United States. These are a must, even if we have a GPS. We travel the same roads as truckers so this is a no-brainer gift.
MEMBERSHIPS & PASSES
RV & Travel Club Memberships – always check with your RVing family member or friend to see which ones they have or may be expiring. Even if you don’t buy one, perhaps put cash in an envelope and say ‘this is for your Escapees renewal’. It’s a thoughtful and practical gesture.
Check out these:
Restaurant Gift Cards – like we mentioned, national chain restaurants are awesome, but please not McDonald’s or Burger King. Try for something healthier because we admit, we get caught up in eating local foods and most times, they are not exactly the healthiest.
Gas Gift Cards – we ALWAYS need fuel! But please, make certain the fuel stations you pick have diesel in most places. That’s what most full-time
RVers use for diesel trucks and motorhomes.
Home Depot, Lowes, BedBath & Beyond Gift Cards – we always are fixing something. We may need a certain tool or supplies. They also sell holiday decorations, grills and grill parts, outdoor furniture, patio rugs, plants,
cabinet knobs, cleaning supplies, etc.SO much better than Walmart (humor us!) We also like to change out our towels and bedding. Great for cooking tools too!
Hotel/Spa Gift Cards
Don’t laugh! What some ladies wouldn’t give to get a comfy high class hotel room for a night because…they have bathtubs and spas! Sometimes, we enjoy a getaway and pampering even though we RV travel. If you know where your RV family member or friend is going to be, check out that area and find a reputable one. Then TELL them to GO. Pair it with a nice restaurant and they will love you forever…and more!
- Gift Cards GALORE!! Always check if there are expiration dates.
- ASK what they would like. You might get them something they already have or tried and it didn’t work for them or their RV lifestyle.
- Always include the receipt. Ask the retailer if your gift can be returned at a different location as we travel around.
- Ask if gift cards have expiration dates. Perhaps your RVer won’t be at that RV resort, or city until a year from now.
- If you get anything personalized, make certain you get the names and hometowns/state correct spelling (for signs, banners, flags…).
So, if you’re reading this, whether you’re an RVer or a family/friend of an RV’er, we hope this helps. Sometimes asking what they/we would like gets you the standard “I don’t care” or “whatever you’d like” but really, it’s about what the RVer in your life would like. Holiday gift giving should be FUN…for both of you!