Looking for perfect campervan gifts for the on-trend traveller in your life? Choosing the ideal presents for campervan owners isn’t always easy.
Space onboard is limited, so you don’t want your gift to take up too much room.
Unless you’re buying a present for someone new to the scene, chances are they have most practical campervan accessories covered already.
The perfect campervan gift needs to be practical, useful, compact and offer a bit of a luxury in equal measure.
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Let’s start with some free stuff
Yep you’ve read it right. Free stuff! Not everything has to cost an arm and a leg.
You may not be able to wrap these up but honestly, if you tell someone about these that doesn’t already know about them, they will thank you forever. And wonder how they managed before too.
This is our goto app for mapping. We’ve travelled across much of South America with this over the past couple of years and wouldn’t leave home without it.
Download the app to a phone or tablet along with the maps of the places you plan to visit and away you go.
Offline maps at your finger tips. Turn up the volume to listen to the driving directions.
This is a phenomenal app not just for overlanders but for anyone travelling independently.
The app is created and maintained by overlanders. Travellers add points of interest to the app and all users can seen these points of interest when they refresh the app.
You can update an existing point of interest with the latest prices, new information and add photos so it stays fresh.
The app isn’t really about tourist attractions - tourists can find these in any guide book. It’s primarily for independent travellers.
Entries include fuel stations, campsites, border crossings, laundries, where to get fresh drinking water and empty campervan toilets and find good mechanics. And the list goes on.
Once the app is downloaded, it’s available offline. Just refresh it every now and again to upload any entries made by you or others.
The only downside (if you can call it that) is it’s easy to rely on it a little too much - especially for finding free camping locations.
If you want to give someone a gift who is thinking about building their own van, then give them a link to our campervan conversion guide.
We keep threatening to turn it into a ebook but never seem to have the time. Until then, these articles are free to help plan, design and build a camper.
And we’re always happy to try to answer questions people may have about these guides too. Just drop us an email and we’ll respond when we’re next online.
Doesn’t every campervan owner love the outdoors? Well, maybe not but an awful lot do. And more often than not, much of our life is lived outdoors.
They probably already have a sleeping bag, camping chair and even bike racks. But the best gifts are those that are completely useful but they wouldn’t have thought of buying themselves.
Here’s a few gift ideas perfect for the outdoor life.
Even with the electrical set up in our campervan our phone batteries still run low on long hikes. Especially when we’re using mapping software for navigation.
These handy devices are lightweight and charges the iPhone 8 almost seven times, the Galaxy S8 five times or the iPad mini 4 twice!
A perfect practical gift for campervan owners.
Building a bathroom into a campervan takes money and space.
While we have a shower in our camper, we decided against installing it in the bathroom. Instead, we shower outdoors at the back of the van.
Smaller vans simply don’t have the indoor space for a shower room.
But having the shower isn’t a nice to have - it’s essential. It keeps us from needing expensive campsites out of necessity and we can stay off-grid for longer too.
This contraption is a Road Shower and sits on the roof rack. 4 gallons of water is sun heated and it includes a camp hose and pressurised shower head too.
A good quality dry bag is a diverse and practical addition to any campervan set up.
Whilst it may not seem an exciting gift, it will get plenty of use. Believe us. They've saved us from losing or seriously damaging our equipment on a few occasions!
We don’t carry a tent in our campervan. We don’t need to. Our van is big enough to live indoors in wet and cold weather.
But some campers are much smaller and living beside the van is the only way to stand up straight.
A pop up tent, tall enough to stand up in makes for the perfect lounge with a little shelter from the elements.
BBQs can take up so much space in a campervan, even a small one. But these fold up so fit at the bottom of a drawer or cupboard when not in use.
We’ve been trying to pick one of these up here in South America and not yet found one.
So don’t make our mistake and buy one before you leave home.
Chile, Uruguay and Argentina have many public BBQs. Many either have no grill, a dirty one or one much too high for cooking a small steak for 2 people.
Fortunately we carry a grill with us and use it almost everyday in those countries.
Camper van gifts to keep explorers comfy
Curling up inside a campervan, especially when its cold, windy and wet outside would be miserable without a few creature comforts.
After all, campervans are homes, whether for a short road trip or long term travel. There’s no reason to be uncomfortable.
These ideas make for cosy winter nights, lazy summer days and perfect gifts without taking up too much storage space.
There’s nothing like pulling up on to camp, strapping up the hammock and gently swaying in the shade of a tree to unwind.
If you’re buying a present for an even more adventurous traveller and they’d like to sleep outside, opt for the hammock tent. It keeps mozzies out and is great for sleeping in humid environments.
A durable must-have addition to cosy up in any camper van. They come in a huge range of colours and pack away easily so they can fit into unused small spaces in storage compartments.
Waterproof, odour and stain resistant, these blankets are perfect for chilly evenings by the campfire or long, cold winter nights indoors.
They can double up as an extra layer on the bed, over sleeping bags or even as a comfy throw.
They may not be stylish. They may never see the outside of the van. But they will get a lot of wear!
A pair of comfy pjs, coupled with my thick socks and wrapped up in a blanket with a cup of steaming tea.
Does life get any more cosy?
Practical gift ideas for campervan owners
Until we started living in the camper van, we wouldn’t have thought of half of these practical things to make van life so much easier.
After years of trial and error, finding solutions to small issues we encounter in daily living, we’ve come up with this list of practical gifts ideas. All will get use regularly.
This device is a must-have for anyone travelling to an area where mosquitos and midges can make life quite uncomfortable.
It looks a bit like a tennis racket but packs an almighty 4000 volt electric shock into any little critters that come into contact with it.
So just before bedtime, gently sweep the air with this swat and van dwellers can have a bug free night.
Some water sources can be questionable, depending where you are. If the camper isn’t fitted with a water filtration system, these handy devices are a life saver - literally.
A steripen is great alternative too. It’s a handheld UV water purifier and zaps the impurities of upto 8000 litres!
For campervans without built in bluetooth speakers, these portable devices are perfect.
We use our Bluetooth speaker to listen to music outdoors or get a more cinematic experience when we’re watching the latest new release on Netflix.
Who knew campervan living could be this good?
It’s really difficult in some places in the world to buy environmentally friendly toiletries. A gift of these alternatives will bring a smile to the recipient’s face and help save our planet too.
These are basically hard wearing and waterproof canvas bags for collecting rubbish. They fit neatly on the back of the spare wheel so there’s no need to keep smelly rubbish inside the van.
They also double as the perfect container for carrying dirty barbecue charcoal.
This is at the top of our wish list right now. Pop in a few item of dirty clothes with a little water & detergent, give them a scrub and they come out well laundered!
Inside the bag is a washboard like inner scrub panel that produces a machine quality wash.
Our van is fused and wired and we have a fairly robust electrical system set up. But we’ve met many travellers whose vans have next to no electrical supply, other than the vehicle’s main battery.
The Goal Zero Yeti provides portable power on the road so you can charge laptops, camera batteries and phones anytime.
Simply plug it in when you drive to store up the power. You can even add a solar panel for extra juice!
Fun & quirky presents for campervan owners
Who doesn’t love giving and receiving fun & quirky gifts? Here’s a few ideas we picked out because we completely loved them.
Most are practical too with the exception of maybe the Lego set. We just couldn’t keep that one off the list!
Long gone are the days when colouring books were something you could grow out of. Adult colouring books have become quite the thing.
A terrific way of reducing anxiety, colouring allows us to switching off and focus on the moment.
These colouring books are a perfect inexpensive gift and they won’t take up much space in the camper either. Just don’t forget to buy the crayons too.
Surely no list of gift ideas would be complete with a novelty mug? Nope? That’s what we thought too.
So whether you go for a chunky VW camper mug like this one, something less breakable like these tin mugs or a more elegant cup, they make a whimsical gift for any camper van lover.
Perhaps the most exciting thing on this entire list. We may not drive a VW camper ourselves but we appreciate how cool these vehicles are. So cool they have a Lego set created in their honour!
The detail is brilliant and the finished build includes includes split screen, pop-up roof, textile curtains, engine, wing mirrors and folding furniture. Does it get much more funky than that?
It may be the most impractical and ridiculous thing to actually pack in a camper van though.
We’ve had an apron on our shopping list for ages and we still haven’t got round to picking one up. When storage is in short supply, motorhome owners will keep their clothes packing to a minimum.
So believe me when I say, messing up your clean clothes by squirting food all over yourself when preparing dinner is as annoying as it gets.
These fun but highly practical aprons will save the day - and more frequent visits to the laundry too!
The Volkswagen camper stuff available is incredible - there mustn’t be much demand for similar products in the shape of a Sprinter van - shame!
Every campervan owner needs a wash bag. They keep our toiletries all tidy in one place and they get a lot of use on campsites. Why wouldn’t a van owner want one to match their mug, apron and colouring book?
It’s even officially licensed by VW! Who knew such a thing was necessary?
Gift ideas for RV owners with everything
Then there’s those folks you just never know what to buy them.
And vanlifers are even harder to buy for if they’ve been travelling in their campers for a while because they’ve already got everything they need.
So what do you buy for them?
We love our travel journals. While we regularly use Facebook and this blog to keep a track of places we’ve visited, they can’t replace how we use our journals.
We scribble down little things, funny things we’ve said or heard, the names of people we meet and small incidents we encounter along the way. Details we’d easily forget but fond to recall when we read our old journals.
These travel journals are a safe gift for any traveller.
Contrary to popular belief, wifi and cell signals are not everywhere. For those who travel to remote places in their campervans, the lack of communication can cause them (or more often their loved ones at home) some anxiety.
For peace of mind, a satellite tracker allows the user to trace and record their route (even off road), and make contact with someone in case of an emergency.
This is quite an expensive gift but if you’re the person who want some peace of mind, it’s well worth it.
If someone gifted us our annual travel insurance policies we’d be over the moon happy. Travel insurance isn’t cheap but is essential.
If you want to buy someone a travel insurance policy, we suggest you discuss their needs with them first to make sure you buy the appropriate cover.
If after reading this entire list you still haven’t found the ideal gift for the campervan owner in your life, we’ve run out of ideas.
It’s always safe to give them an Amazon gift card and they can suit themselves. You can choose as much or as little as you want so you can’t go wrong.
We hope our pressie guide has given you a few ideas for your campervan gift list and maybe even yourself!