Finding the perfect gift for the campervan enthusiast in your life is no easy task. They’re already a bit different, so traditional possibilities like ties and perfume aren’t likely to move the excitement needle too terribly much. Still, you want to buy them something they’ll actually use — but what?
Fear not, for we have you covered. This list is full of gift ideas for the camper owners in your life, and they range from practical to fun and downright silly. The important thing, though, is that your RV enthusiast friends will be delighted by what they find when they open the box.
Many of the campervan gifts below are quirky enough that it’s unlikely that your target already owns them, but once they use some of these accessories, they’ll wonder how they ever lived without them.
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Camper Gift Ideas Every RV Enthusiast Truly Needs
Food can make a bigger difference in the quality of a road trip than we’d like to admit, and if you want to eat like royalty when you’re out and about, this suitcase charcoal grill can help.
It can cook meat and veggies just as quickly and deliciously as a full-sized grill, but when you’re done with it, it breaks down into a suitcase-sized package that can be neatly stored out of your way. Taking it apart and putting it together are both easy, so mealtime never has to be a hassle.
The only downside is the aroma from all the meals you cook will undoubtedly attract people looking for a free bite.
While you (hopefully) already understand just how important having a steady supply of air can be, living in a campervan can really drive the point home. Whether you need to air up a flat tire, blow up an air mattress, or simply inflate a football, this air compressor can get you up and going in just a few minutes.
It also has a bright LED lamp and a red SOS light, so you can see what you’re doing or call for help if you break down on a dark night. Of course, you could also alternate between the two lights if you want to stage an impromptu dance party in the woods.
If you don’t want to carry an entire toolbox, you can get most of the same utility out of this multitool. It has an axe, hammer, screwdriver, pliers, knife, and most importantly, a bottle opener. Just about anything you’ll need out in the wild will be right here in the palm of your hand.
This is a high-quality device, as it’s made of stainless steel with black oxidation. It should last you for years, even if you’re hard on your equipment. We still think you need a fully-loaded toolbox, but this makes for a handy, easy-to-store alternative.
Anyone living in a smaller campervan will appreciate this tent. It’s a free-standing model that hooks up to the back of your van, giving you a little more room to stretch out when it’s time to catch some shuteye. You can disconnect it and use it as a regular tent as well if you like.
The tent has sewn-in flooring and tape-sealed seams, so the only things sharing your bed should be those that have an open invitation. It’s also remarkably easy to set up and can hold as many as 6 adults.
This pop-up tent serves a radically different purpose from the SUV tent above. Just because you’re on the road with someone 24/7 doesn’t mean you don’t want a little privacy sometimes, and this portable room can give you exactly that.
It has a rust-proof steel frame and the fabric won’t reveal any silhouettes if you turn a light on. It’s also a mere 5.5 pounds and only takes a few seconds to put up, making it perfect for carrying with you on hikes, to the beach, or anywhere else nature’s call might need to be discreetly answered.
Once you get your privacy tent up, you can finally enjoy a hot shower in peace, thanks to this solar-powered shower bag. It holds 5 gallons of water, which it can heat to 113° in just a few hours. There’s a handy temperature gauge on the side, too, so you never have to guess whether or not your next shower will be freezing.
It’s made with leak-proof materials (although we wouldn’t test that on purpose), and it has a mesh pocket for storing soap, shampoo, or other toiletries. There’s even a nifty little non-slip handle on the top, so you can take it with you wherever you go.
It’s an inescapable law of nature: whichever bag has the most valuable gear inside it is the one that will fall into the water or get left outside in the rain. That’s not a worry if you have this dry bag, however, as it’s made from a PVC material that keeps the wet stuff completely at bay.
Besides being great at keeping stuff dry, it’s a pretty useful bag as well. It comes in a variety of sizes (with 55 liters being the largest), and the shoulder strap makes it easy to carry even when fully loaded. There’s even a waterproof phone case thrown in for good measure.
Finding laundry facilities while camping can be a huge pain, especially if you like to really lose yourself in nature for weeks at a time. Luckily, the Scrubba Portable Wash Bag makes it easy to stay clean and non-stinky, even when there isn’t a laundry room for miles around.
You can get your duds fresh and clean in just 3 minutes with this bag, and it folds up easily for storage, so it won’t feel like you’re lugging around an actual washing machine. It’s robust enough to handle big messes but gentle enough that you can use it on your delicates as well.
Losing your keys is bad under the best of circumstances. Losing your keys in the Great Outdoors? That’s potentially catastrophic — but it can also be a worry of the past, thanks to the Tile Mate tracker. This little device hooks onto your keychain, and it has a Bluetooth sensor in it that lets you track down your lost keys in no time.
It’s not just for keys, though — you can hook it up to anything you can’t stand the thought of losing. They’re cheap enough that you can buy one for just about any important piece of gear you have. Trust us when we say that buying one of these trackers is a lot less expensive than trying to convince a locksmith to drive into the middle of a national park at 3 in the morning.
You never know when you’re going to run out of water, and the stuff you find out in nature…well, let’s just say it has a whole lot of nature in it. These LifeStraw filters allow you to quickly sanitize any water you find, whether it’s from a stream or a shady-looking well at a campsite.
They only weigh 2 ounces, so you won’t sacrifice a lot of room in order to carry them. The membrane microfilters are capable of cleansing up to 4,000 liters of water before they need replacing, so you’ll get plenty of use out of these before it’s time for new ones.
There’s not really a good place to store all the trash that accumulates out on the road (and don’t even think about tossing it out the window), so most people make do with a garbage bag that they pray doesn’t rip open or spill everywhere at some point.
Enter the Trasharoo Spare Tire Trash Bag. This canvas bag snaps onto your external spare tire, keeping your trash (and the accompanying odors) out of the cabin. It has an X strap that ensures no refuse flies out while you’re driving down the road, and it can hold a whopping 50 pounds of garbage at a time.
This tiny, USB-powered bug zapper can put a serious dent in a mosquito population. If you want to enjoy a starry night without becoming some bloodsucker’s main course, simply set this thing outside your campervan and listen to the soothing sounds of insects parking themselves in the electric chair.
It boasts a 6-hour run-time per charge, giving you plenty of protection when you want to enjoy your evening. It’s also easy to clean, so you won’t have to carry around a mosquito mass grave inside your rig.
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There aren’t very many electrical outlets in our national parks, so until the NPS gets on the ball, you’ll have to supply your own electricity (those bug zappers won’t power themselves, after all). The Goal Zero Yeti boasts a 150-watt hour battery, and it has two USB ports, an AC outlet, and a 12v outlet.
While it can provide some serious juice, you wouldn’t know that to look at it. It’s a tiny device, and you can easily pack it without sacrificing much room in your cabin. There’s even an optional solar panel you can buy if you want to keep it fully charged when you’re on the road.
You already have too much plastic in your life (and lord knows there’s too much of the stuff lost in the environment), so why bring even more plastic into the wilderness just to brush your teeth? These environmentally-friendly, biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes are soft on the Earth — and your teeth.
There are 4 brushes in each pack, and you also get a spool of charcoal mint dental floss. There’s everything you need to keep your chompers happy and healthy — and if you lose any of it, don’t worry. It will all break down naturally, without poisoning any animals or water sources along the way.
Much of the appeal in living the campervan life is getting away from it all — sometimes far away from it all, where cell phone signals can’t reach you. While that can be incredibly peaceful for you, it may cause some stress and consternation to your friends and family back home when they’re unable to reach you for days at a time.
That’s not an issue if you have the Inmarsat Pro2. This satellite phone allows loved ones to locate you regardless of where you are on the map (if you’re even still on it), so they can spend more time hoping you enjoy yourself and less time wishing you’d call.
Fun Gifts for Campervan Enthusiasts
The ideas below aren’t necessarily practical, but they can certainly make life in a campervan more fun.
If you’re trying to see all the beauty that this vast country has to offer, you’ll want to chronicle every step of your adventures. It may seem impossible, but even the most vivid memories of the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone will fade over time, so memorialize them forever in this passport journal.
Each section has prompts to help focus your writing, so you won’t have to deal with an intimidating blank page. There’s also room for photos, mementos, and other memories, as well as tons of room for your notes. This is the kind of keepsake that gets passed down to grandchildren (and it’s one they might actually be excited to receive).
There’s nothing quite as magical as being as far away from humanity as you can get. Alone, in the desert or forest or atop a mountain, with nothing but the gentle hum of nature and the peaceful trickle of your own thoughts to keep you company. It’s so quiet. Honestly, it’s too quiet.
Not anymore, not if you have this speaker. It allows you to bring your tunes with you wherever you go, and it sounds incredible. Not only that, it has a built-in microphone for taking calls and it’s water-resistant, just in case you drop it in a lake somewhere. Now the birds and beasts of this great land can finally learn why humanity is the most advanced species when you blast “Livin’ on a Prayer” all over every national park (please don’t do this).
One thing no one ever tells you about nature is that it’s surprisingly soggy. It seems like anywhere you sit is damp, and if you don’t want to deal with a wet butt all day, you’ll want to lay down this waterproof blanket first.
It’s great for picnics, yoga sessions, or lazy naps in the morning sun, and it’s large enough to seat 3 adults comfortably. It’s not just for laying on the ground, either — it’s very warm and cozy, so you can wrap yourself up in it while you’re crashing in the campervan. The only issue is it seems to be made out of Velcro or glue or something because it’s…just…so…hard to get out of.
There’s nothing quite as psychotic as wandering around barefoot in the wilderness, but on the other hand, shoes are so confining. These clogs split the difference, as they’re easy to put on and take off, and they’re incredibly comfortable while still being loose and breezy.
They’re also sturdy enough to handle just about anything the woods can throw at them, and you can wear them in and around the water. They make excellent shower shoes as well, so you won’t have to risk bringing home any weird foot fungus from that dilapidated shower at the campground.
This nylon hammock is incredibly lightweight — it only weighs 24 ounces — yet incredibly sturdy, as they can easily hold at least 400 pounds. There’s plenty of room to stretch out as well, and it also comes in a double option if you want to snuggle up with someone special.
It comes with tree straps and carabiners for easy setup, so you don’t have to work hard in order to relax. When it’s folded up, it’s only about the size of an eggplant, so you can take it with you on a hike or toss it in the back of the campervan without sacrificing a bunch of space as a result.
This is one gift that might not be ideal for taking on the road, but it will make a wonderful conversation starter at your permanent home. The box includes 1,334 pieces that you can use to assemble a gorgeous 1962 Volkswagen campervan, and it’ll be 5 inches tall and 11 inches long once you’re finished.
The rear door opens to show off an incredibly detailed engine, and you can turn the rear bench seat into a bed. It may start to look more comfortable than your own campervan after a while, but if sleeping on LEGOs is anything like stepping on them, we’d urge you to reconsider climbing in for a nap.
If you want to dress up your campervan (or the attached tent you bought), then these tent lights can make things look festive all year round. Their hook design can be modified so that it’s tight enough not to be blown away in high winds, and they’re easy to set up in trees if you like.
They’re incredibly bright, and you can dim them so that they’re only lit halfway or use them as SOS lanterns. They’re even water-resistant, so no need to bring them in when it rains.
Eating on the road is always a dicey proposition, but it doesn’t have to be if you have this rapid egg cooker in your van. You’ll need to have a place to plug it in, but if you do, you can cook the perfect egg in just minutes — regardless of whether you like them hard-boiled, scrambled, poached, or something else entirely.
It’s easy to both store and clean, so taking it along should never be a hassle. It even alerts you when the eggs are done with a soft musical chime — who wouldn’t like that?
Abraham Lincoln once said, “It’s impossible to be happy if your hands are cold.” Well, he probably said it (or at least thought it), and if he did, he was right. That’s why this rechargeable hand warmer is such a wonderful addition to your gear, as it can quickly bring frozen mitts back to life.
There are 3 different heat settings, allowing you to find your Goldilocks setting. It’s large enough to accommodate virtually any size of hands as well, and it can also function as an emergency backup battery in a pinch.
Sometimes — whether intentionally or not — you get separated from your partner while out in the wilderness, and since cell phone reception is spotty at best, it can be hard to link back up. That’s not an issue when you have these two-way radios, as they have an incredible 36-mile range.
They can also be activated by your voice, allowing for hands-free operation. Better yet, they automatically scan weather band channels to see if nasty conditions are headed your way, so you’re prepared ahead of time. So why are these life-saving devices in the “fun” section instead of the “essentials?” Because we know that you’re really going to use them to play massive games of Marco Polo.
The Perfect Campervan Gift Idea is Somewhere On This List
While we don’t know the campervan enthusiast in your life, we can safely say that there’s something on this list that should appeal to them. It’s up to you whether you want to give them something that could potentially save their life, or simply give them something that will make their days on the road a little brighter.
And honestly, if you’re having trouble trying to decide, who doesn’t like LEGOs? People who can’t be trusted, that’s who.
Make sure to head on over to our Amazon store where we have a growing list of campervan gift ideas with up-to-date prices and availability.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, check out our gear guides for more inspiration:
- The Best Campervan Gadgets to Conquer Van Life
- 102 Best Gifts for RV Owners & Happy Campers
- Van Life Essentials Packing List for Life on the Road
- The Best Campervan Accessories for a Comfy Van Life
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