Check out this list of great Christmas gift ideas for all the RVers in your life. From practical to whimsical, you can find something for every camper you know without breaking the bank.
- The 2016 Gift Road Atlas by Rand McNally: Sometimes it makes sense to go old school. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of flipping through an actual map (yes, the paper kind!) as you go bumping down the road. Go for the best-selling and most trusted U.S. road atlas on the market, the 2016 Gift Road Atlas by Rand McNally. This gift version will not disappoint with its transparent cover that weathers spills, constant use, and exposure to the elements. This atlas features detailed maps of each U.S. state, Canadian province, and an overview of Mexico. In addition, detailed inset maps of over 350 cities and 20 U.S. national parks are included. Use the handy mileage chart to find out distances between 90 U.S. cities and national parks as well as the driving times. Not only will it help you get from point A to point B, but you’ll be amazed at how much you can learn from it about the states!
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System: If you’re a big spender, or just care a lot about your loved one’s tires (and their well-being!), then a tire pressure monitoring system is a great gift! I like the TireMinder A1A Tire Pressure Monitoring System that monitors up to 22 tires. If you’ve ever had a blow out going 70 mph on the highway (with or without an RV in tow), you know that you NEVER want to do that again! And you can save your RVing recipient from this traveling nightmare too with this practical gift.
- An RV Care Kit: Help your loved ones care for and maintain their RV with a complete RV care kit. There are many different ones to choose from, but I picked the 5-piece B.E.S.T. 99001 RV Cleaning Kit that includes 32 oz. bottles of black streak remover, bug remover, carpet/upholstery cleaner, awning cleaner, wash & wax, a microfiber wash mitt, and a complete care guide.
- Backup Camera: A little to the left … a little to the right … straight back … stop! Ugh. Too far. Pull forward. Sound familiar? If only we had eyes in the back of our head, hitching up an RV would be so much easier! Well how about an electronic set of eyes, as in a backup camera? A backup camera saves time and unnecessary stress when hitching up an RV. There are many different manufacturers who make backup cameras and one will set you back about $150-250 depending on the features of the device. They all have their own pros and cons, so do your homework before you buy!
- Water Distiller: Give the gift of hydration to your RV-loving recipients. No, I’m not suggesting that you wrap up a 12-pack of bottled water. Rather, give them a water distiller to ensure that they always have clean, drinkable water when they’re miles from a clean water source. A MegaHome Water Distiller could come in very handy, especially if your loved one likes to go boondocking, or dry camping. It distills a gallon of contaminated water every 5-6 hours. Give them water, they drink for a day. Give them a water distiller, well, you see where I’m going with this.
- Nesting Bowls: With space at a premium in an RV, it’s important to find kitchen essentials that come in a stackable style. Case in point: nesting bowls! From whisking eggs and mixing pancake batter to cooling hard boiled eggs or marinating meat, mixing bowls have a lot of uses, and one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why I love these Joseph Joseph Nest Mixing Bowls that feature interlocking measuring cups, measurements on the inside, and non-slip bases on the outside. I especially love the rainbow of colors they make when “nesting.” They are available in 4, 7, and 9-bowl sets. Check out the whole line of Joseph Joseph Nest storage containers too. Who knew kitchen storage could be so colorful?
- Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad Cooling Towel: For the dog days of summer when nothing seems to cool things down, turn to the colorful Frogg Toggs Chilly Pads for instant relief. This revolutionary PVA sponge towel can absorb 8x its weight in water and then cools as it evaporates. You can easily cut it into any shape to fit perfectly on the back of your neck, forehead, or anywhere that needs chilling. Simply get it wet, store it in its container if not using immediately, and take it with you for heat-stroke relief on-the-go. It’s $10 well spent!