I want to buy a van!
In fact, I’ve wanted one for a while (it’s been on my bucket list for years). The time has come to finally make it happen.
I’m excited, and just spent an hour scrolling through Gumtree looking through what’s available near me. It definitely got the juices flowing!
It was also cool to see how much stuff usually comes with a second-hand camper.
Almost every single RV came with masses of camping gear, cooking equipment, bedding, lights, and so on…basically, all the stuff the previous owner had acquired, and no longer needed.
…One of them even had a flipping two-seater sea kayak that came with it!
This got me thinking:
What items/gear would I potentially want/need to have in the van?
I thought I’d put together a list of what I came up with. It’s my official van-life wish-list!
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An Exhaust-ive List of 100 Best Gifts for RV Owners
1. Solar Panel
Solar panels offer vital (and clean!) power to electronics when the battery isn’t running.
Fridges can function, phones can charge, and lights can operate without issue! It’s hard to overstate the value of these things to a campervanner!
2. Portable Solar Charger
You don’t need a full-scale solar panel (even if they’d make an epic RV gift).
These days, you can find portable options. They can charge multiple devices at the same time, all without running the van.
They’re top gifts for anyone with lots of things to charge at once!
Top Pick: Ryno Tuff Solar Charger
3. Solar/Crank Charger
An obvious downside of solar chargers is the reliance on sunshine!
Unfortunately, that can’t always be relied upon. An additional crank means RV owners can combine an arm workout with power generation. Problem solved.
Top Pick: Fospower Emergency Solar Hand Crank
4. Power Usage Monitor
Want to track how much power you’re using? With limited energy available, that’s not a bad idea.
Getting someone a power usage monitor would make a top little gift.
Top Pick: Baldr Electricity Monitor
5. Portable LED Lights
Sometimes a portable light is the best bet though.
LED versions are more energy efficient, meaning they’ll last longer before losing power. They’d make convenient light sources in any van!
Top Pick: Everbrite LED Lights (6 Pack)
6. Head Torch
You can’t go travelling and not have a head torch.
They just come in handy all the time! Mainly because they free your hands up for any given task. Whenever it’s dark and you need your hands free, a head torch is ideal.
Top Pick: Cobiz 6000 Lumen Head Torch
7. Safe/Valuables Box
I’m a little worried about keeping all my worldly possessions and valuables in a van.
Having a safe/valuables box will be important. It just keeps things out of sight, and away from prying eyes. I can leave the van unattended without worrying quite so much about someone breaking in.
Sure, they could steal the entire van, in which case I’m totally screwed. But I’m going to pretend that’s not a problem I have to deal with…
Top Pick: Amazon Basics Portable Safe
8. USB Adaptor (cigarette lighter/converter)
Charging on the road will be a constant endeavour.
Having a USB adaptor to provide multiple ports would make a big difference. Meaning that these adaptors would make great gifts!
Top Pick: Ainope USB Charger
9. Polaroid Camera
For me, living and/or travelling in a campervan is all about making memories.
A Polaroid camera would be an awesome way of recording the journey as it happens. The instant printing would also mean its super convenient for creating cool van displays/decorations too.
Top Pick: Fujifilm Instax Mini Polaroid Camera
10. ‘Proper’ Camera
Obviously, a non-Polaroid camera would make an incredible present as well.
I guess that’s true at any time. But travelling in a van seems prime photography territory- you’ll be moving through so many amazing places, and having so many new experiences, that the chance for photos will be neverending.
Having a good-quality camera would be awesome. If you’re interested, here’s a list of top quality backpacking cameras to take a look at.
Top Pick: Canon T6 Rebel DSLR
11. Portable Tripod
No-one wants their camera falling over as they hit the road.
A portable tripod that can grip awkward places would make an ideal present for van-lifers with a penchant for photography.
Top Pick: Ubeesize Tripod
Cameras would be great for recording the journey in visual form.
But, for me, there’s no replacement for writing stuff down. I always carry a tiny notebook with me for that reason! A journal would make a top gift for anyone wanting to remember their experience better.
Top Pick: Newester Refillable Travel Journal
13. Coffee Maker
I love coffee.
I will 100% need a way of brewing a morning coffee when I get my van. I’d be a happy man if someone gifted me any sort of coffee maker.
14. Camping Tea-Infuser
A tea-infuser would be another must-have item for any tea-loving RV-owning individual.
Giving them one will make their day.
Top Pick: Pure Zen Tea Tumbler and Infuser
Having a thermos means you can keep all that tea and coffee warmer for longer.
And that equates to a whole lot of extra happiness.
Top Pick: Stanley Classic Thermos
16. Camping Stove
A wise man once said:
The van may run on diesel. But a person cannot.
No-one ever said that. The truth remains though:
Sooner or later, you gotta cook a real meal! A quality camping stove provides the perfect solution. Gifting someone the ability to cook their dinner is a beautiful thing.
Top Pick: Coleman Gas Stove
They might not sound like much. But weatherproof matches and/or a decent lighter are both crucial components of any camping trip. They’d make awesome opening presents as a result.
Top Pick: Lcfun Waterproof Lighter
It’s all well and good having the camping stove and the matches. But without the pots and pans to boot, those meals are going to be far harder to cook!
Cookware is another example of essential RV gear. Anyone kitting out a camper will be sure to value receiving it.
Top Pick: Bulin Camping Cookware Kit
19. Washing-Up Equipment
Washing up gear is hardly the most glamorous gift going. But it’s most definitely useful and valuable from a practical standpoint!
It’s a bit like getting socks at Christmas. As unimaginative as it is, they’ll almost certainly be put to good use.
Top Pick: Prepworks Collapsible Dish Drainer
20. Magnetic Spice Rack
This one’s sure to spice things up a bit…
Top Pick: Talented Kitchen Magnetic Spice Tins x12
21. Water Bottle
A good-quality, non-leaky water bottle always comes in handy on the road.
Why not combine it with a water purifier? Whenever the RV owner pulls up somewhere off the beaten track, they’ll still be able to drink any water source that’s in the area.
22. Shatterproof Tableware
Camping plates, mugs and glasses will always go down well.
It’s more vital stuff for any van owner to pack. Ordinary crockery is unlikely to stand up to bumps in the road- hence why it needs to be shatterproof!
Top Pick: Stansport Enamel Camping Tableware Set
23. Portable Wine Glass Holder
Why would anyone need these? Well, because, wine not?
...Man I’m nailing these jokes today.
Seriously though, these would make a big wine-drinking difference to anyone partial to a tipple on the road.
Top Pick: Outdoor Portable Wine Glass Holder
24. Pictures (Photo Frames)
Pictures help make a house a home.
The same goes with a new van. Putting up pictures of treasured memories, friends and loved ones will make the space feel far more welcoming.
Get your hands on some picture frames and stick some family photos inside. They’d make an awesome gift.
Top Pick: Love-Kankei Wooden Photo Frame
25. Bedside Caddy/Holder
Any additional storage space will help when limited space is a problem.
These bedside holders would make a great addition to the RV.
Top Pick: Bedside Caddy
I love the idea of having a load of plants in my van.
A bit of greenery is always nice to have around, right? Easy to maintain plants that can take a bit of rough and tumble in the back of a van, would make an awesome present.
Top Pick: Mkono Wooden Plant Stand
27. Good Luck Charms/Crystals
Right, so this one won’t be for everyone.
But I just wrote a monster piece on travel crystals, so it’s fresh in my memory! Some people take crystals on their travels for good luck, safety and protection. Being gifted some to take in their van might just make someone’s day!
Top Pick: Nelson Creations Amethyst Angel
28. Drinks Tray (No Slide)
No-one wants their drinks sliding around in the van.
These handy little gizmos put a stop to that.
Top Pick: Cup Cozy Deluxe Drinks Holder
29. GPS System
Obviously, being in an RV is all about the freedom to move. That equates to a fair degree of driving.
A GPS system would serve a truly useful purpose on the road. Any RV owner who doesn’t already own one is sure to value it as a gift.
Top Pick: Aonerex GPS Navigation System
30. Internet Dongle
Stable Wi-Fi is one thing I’ll miss when I eventually get my van.
That’s why I’ve been thinking about getting an internet dongle (those things that plug into a computer to provide internet).
Anyone needing to use their laptop on the road (as I will) is sure to find this a helpful addition.
Top Pick: Plugable Ethernet USB Cable
A knife is another bit of kit that I count as fundamental to travelling/backpacking/camping.
It’s one of those things that comes in handy all the time on the road.
Speaking from experience, being given a high-quality knife is very cool indeed.
Top Pick: Gerber Bear Grylls Knife
If a knife is a good gift, then a multi-tool is a great one.
Especially because there’s often a knife on them anyway!
Obviously, these things can be used to solve all manner of problems on the move. Having one to call upon in the van would be awesome.
Top Pick: Rovertac Pocket Multi Tool with Knife
33. Camping Chairs
There’s nothing wrong with sitting on the bare earth! But, every now and again, the luxury of a seat makes a nice change…especially when it’s cold and damp out.
Why not gift someone the joy of a well-supported undercarriage? They’ll almost definitely thank you for it!
Top Pick: Coleman Portable Camping Chair
34. Camping Table
Every home needs a dining table.
The same goes for homes on wheels! Having a camping table would be a lovely addition to the RV (if there isn’t one in there already).
You can pull out in the evenings, prepare meals more easily, and eat around it with friends.
Top Pick: Lifetime Height Adjustable Camping Table
35. Shoe Holder
Staying organised is key to maintaining some order to a small space!
Anything that lends itself to that purpose would be a worthwhile addition to the van. A shoe holder would keep dirty shoes in one place, and stop them moving all over the place on the road.
Top Pick: Misslo Hanging Door Holder
36. Packing Cubes
I love packing cubes.
They force you to be more organized with your stuff, and keep everything together. You know where your things are, and they won’t start spreading out all over the place.
A must for anyone who with a tendency towards disorganisation!
Top Pick: Bagail Pack of 6 Packing Cubes
37. Storage Boxes
Staying organized in the van is sure to be a constant battle.
Small spaces are always easier to mess up. Losing things in amongst it all is going to be easy.
Having storage boxes for all your stuff, to go with your packing cubes, will make a difference.
Top Pick: Amazon Basics Foldable Storage Cubes
38. Soccer Balls, Footballs…All the Balls.
You can’t drive all day!
And whenever you’re stationary, van-lifers will almost certainly want something to keep them entertained.
Having a football to kick around with friends and travel companions would be a great little addition.
Consider buying a pump to go with it too. That way, they could keep the ball flat when it’s not in use (saving space and preventing it from rolling around) and pump it up when they need it.
Top Pick: Wilson Traditional Soccer Ball
39. Slammo Game
Similar to the football, it’d be great to have something like Slammo to play with at campgrounds and beaches, and so on.
I saw it in action recently and it looks like great fun! As long as there’s enough space, it’d make a great RV gift.
Top Pick: GoSports Slammo Game
Frisbees would make another ideal entertainment item to have in the van! For beaches, campsites, parks and so on, frisbees are a classic!
Top Pick: Discraft Frisbee
41. Board Games
You can’t go wrong with board games.
Bringing them out on cozy nights in the van with friends, with the fairly lights on and a beer/glass of wine in hand…man that sounds nice!
Top Pick: Kingdomino Board Game
42. Inflatable Kayak
I got this idea from the van I just saw for sale online.
There’s was a legit, solid kayak though that was stored on top of the vehicle! I love the idea of having a kayak for any time I came across a lake, or the ocean, etc.
I’d say an inflatable one is more practical though. It’d be an epic present, and take up less room too.
Top Pick: Intex Challenger K1 1-Person Kayak
43. Portable Speakers
I can’t imagine driving long distances without music on in the van.
Sure, the van itself might already have some decent speakers in it. But the music stops when the engine isn’t on! Having some portable speakers to bring out when you’re in one place would make all the difference.
Equally the quality of the portable speaker may be better than the RV’s anyway; it might not be possible to play music through them from your phone/iPod/MP3 etc.
Speakers would always make an awesome gift for the road.
Top Pick: OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speakers
44. Portable Radio
A good quality portable radio may be more up someone’s street.
There’s probably one in the van already. But the radios in old RVs are unlikely to be the best.
Equally, you’d need the engine running for this as well. Having a high-quality radio could be great for those longer drives, and for chilling out to music or listening to the news in the evenings.
Top Pick: Panasonic RF-2400D AM/FM Radio
Bedding will be all-important in the campervan!
On cold nights, a thick, warm duvet to snuggle down under will be essential. It’ll add a cosy feel to the space too, and make for a bed to enjoy sleeping in.
Top Pick: Linenspa All-Season Down Duvet
46. Mattress Topper
The mattress will be all important to getting a good night’s sleep in the van.
Mattress toppers provide that bit of extra cushion to soften the experience!
I’ll 100% prioritize the bed to ensure it’s as comfortable as it can be. I’d love to be given a mattress topper to help in that endeavour.
Top Pick: Linenspa 2-Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam
Everyone loves cushions, right? A bit of extra comfort never goes amiss. They’d definitely help make the van feel more like home.
Top Pick: Yifan Throw Pillow Covers x6
49. Hand Warmers
Everyone hates being cold.
Living in a campervan in colder climates doesn’t sound ideal to me. Having anything to help stay warm would be more than welcome!
On long and dark nights on the road, a set of hand warmers could be a lifesaver.
Top Pick: Hotsnapz Reusable Pocket Warmers
50. Indoor Heater
This gift would generally only be required for RV owners in colder climates.
Having any sort of heating system would be essential- especially for night times. I’m positive that a small, safe, indoor heater would be happily received by anyone in these conditions!
Top Pick: Mr. Heater Buddy Portable Propane Heater
51. Mosquito Net
Mosquitos and gnats (and any other small, buzzy and bite-y bugs) are best avoided on the road. Obviously, it’s most important for mosquitos, which can carry harmful diseases.
Campsites are often in remote areas, next to water sources…aka, a haven for these kinds of insects.
Hanging a mosquito net up in the van could save a whole lot of strife in certain places!
Top Pick: Coghlan’s Mosquito Net
There’s nothing better than packing a hammock for the road.
Even if you only use it once or twice, those blissful moments make it worthwhile. There’s just something inherently special about swinging between trees in beautiful surroundings.
Top Pick: Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock
They’ve got a van! Why would they need a tent?!
Well, what about if they want to go for a multiday hike? Or if there’s no space for the RV on a campsite, and they can only pitch a tent? Or if they just want a break from the van?
Whatever the reason, tents always tend to come in handy (here’s a post full of the best tents to choose from).
Top Pick: Bessport 2 Person Tent
54. Sleeping Bag
If you’re using the tent, then you definitely want a sleeping bag to go with it.
Likewise, on particular cold nights, a sleeping bag could serve as extra bedding to stay warm.
Top Pick: MalloMe 3-Season Sleeping Bag
Again, a warm, welcoming, and cozy space is what every van needs!
Some lovely, cuddly blankets will always make valued gifts.
Top Pick: Bourina Throw
At first, the thought of having a backpack in the van might not make sense.
But I suppose it’s a bit like taking a tent: it’s sure to come in handy at numerous points. Again, multiday hikes are a prime example.
Likewise, if you sell the RV, then you’ll need something to pack your remaining things into (check out my buying guide to the best backpacks for travel, if you’d like some ideas!).
Top Pick: Mountain Top 40L Hiking Backpack
58. Fairy Lights
Oh man, I can’t wait to put some fairy lights up when I get my van.
I guarantee they’ll be one of my very first decorative additions! They just help create such a nice warm atmosphere. I reckon they’re great anywhere.
In the confines of a van, that ambient glow will be even more welcome!
Top Pick: Twinkle Star 300 LED Fairy Lights
I love the idea of having a bookshelf in my van.
But a bookshelf without books is just, well…a shelf. And that’s far less appealing to me.
Books makes the best gifts anyway. On long journeys, or just for life in an RV, having something to read will help make a van a home.
Top Pick: The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
60. Washing Line
Let’s get practical. It’ll also be helpful to have somewhere to hang your wet clothes.
Far from glamorous as far as gifts go, I know! But it’d genuinely come in handy. And, often, that’s just as important.
Top Pick: Vshinic Travel Clothes Line
61. Washing Line Pegs
Hint: to go with the washing line…
Pegs are also meant to be a useful addition to any van anyway. They can be used to hanging pictures up, connecting curtains together, and generally attaching one thing to another!
Top Pick: Honey-Can-Do Wooden Pegs
62. Duct Tape
Okay, I’m not going to lie, if someone gave me duct tape for my birthday I wouldn’t be super impressed.
But I still think it deserves a place on this list! Duct tape is an incredible thing for any travel experience. It can fix almost anything!
It’s sure to be put to use in the van.
Top Pick: Gorilla Tape
63. Cool Box
If there’s no room and option for a fridge, then a cool box will be the next best thing.
Having something to keep food fresh will obviously be useful on the road. Think of it like this: you’re gifting someone the joy of keeping their beers colder for longer.
That’s only ever going to go down well.
Top Pick: Klein Tools Cooler
64. Window Covers
Again, someone’s unlikely to weep with unbridled joy at being given window covers.
But you can’t argue against their practical function. You don’t want random people looking in at your during the night!
Window covers/curtains mean you can hide yourselves and your things from unwanted prying eyes.
Top Pick: Shade Sox Window Covers
65. Grill Set
RVs, camping and spending time outdoors calls for a BBQ.
A grill set would make a genuinely useful, and lovely, addition to the van.
Top Pick: Romanticist 21 Piece Grill Set
66. Water Filtration System
The thought of getting sick inside an RV isn’t pleasant- especially if there’s no loo inside.
No-one wants to tummy bug without a toilet nearby!
Access to clean water might be minimal in certain places on the road. A water filter would mean you could drink what’s there, and have a much better chance of staying well.
67. Scented Candles/Incense
Campervans are an enclosed space!
You’ve got all your stuff in there. Dirty clothes, smelly shoes, old bedding…whatever. It’s going to get a little pongy at times.
Having scented candles (or an air freshener), or incense, to burn, would help you pretend there wasn’t a problem…
Also, candles are always nice to have around anyway!
Top Pick: Wild Lemongrass Scented Candle
68. Insect Repellent Candles
Having something to keep the insects away in the evening might come in handy.
Insect repellent candles to light outside would make a thoughtful gift.
Top Pick: YIIA Citronella Candles
69. Welcome Mat
A welcome mat would be a lovely touch for the RV. Anything that makes the place seem more homely would always be welcome.
There’s nothing better than a welcome mat for that.
Top Pick: Printed PVC Welcome Mat
70. Petrol Canisters
Back to practicalities:
You don’t want to run out of petrol on long drives, with no access to a gas station. Petrol canisters would make that eventuality less likely.
This is something that almost every van I was looking at online had as a freebie thrown in. They clearly come in helpful!
Top Pick: 5L Plastic Fuel Canister
71. Water Canisters
Likewise, with water. Think how much you use on a daily basis at home.
Carrying spare water for the road will be essential. With no alternative sources, it’d be used for cooking, doing the dishes, washing, and so on.
I consider water canisters essential van items.
Top Pick: Collapsible Water Storage Cube
72. Fridge Air Freshener
A nice little addition to RV fridges and/or cool boxes. No-one wants a smelly fridge in such close quarters!
Top Pick: MaQma Bamboo Purifying Air Freshener
73. Fridge Braces
One of my pet peeves is when things jingle and clink and generally make annoying noises when I’m driving!
If I have a fridge in my van, having these braces to keep things in place would be vital! They’d be great for preventing annoying noises, and stopping leaks and spillages too.
Top Pick: Camco RV Fridge Brace
74. Picnic Blanket
Sitting on a blanket is generally nicer than being on the cold bare earth, right?
In evenings spent outside of the RV, a picnic blanket would serve that purpose perfectly.
Top Pick: Scuddles Outdoor Picnic Blanket
75. Laundry Bag
Remember those dirty clothes I talked about?
Well, having a designated laundry bag for them will help keep the smells at bay until you get to a laundromat! This one’s another practical gift that’s sure to be put to good use.
Top Pick: Polecasa Mesh Laundry Bag
76. Portable Fan
We’ve covered the cold, but what about when it gets hot?
In my experience, vans get like green-houses when the sun comes out and you’re stationary. Having a fan to get the air moving would be a much needed reprieve from the heat.
Top Pick: SkyGenius Clip On Fan
77. Insect Zapper
You’ve got the mosquito net and insect candles.
But what of the ones that get through? It’s only a matter of time before a bug gets in the van. Having an insect zapper would help you do battle with it.
Top Pick: Elucto Electric Bug Zapper
78. Dash Camera
There are some nutters on the road.
A dash cam comes in handy for recording their mistakes, and supporting your insurance claims.
Top Pick: Apeman 1080p Dashcam
79. First Aid Kit
Everything’s going well, and then, before you know it, life happens.
It’s likely that you’ll hurt yourself at some point on the road. Thankfully, 9 times out of 10 it’s nothing serious.
Having a first-aid kit would mean you’re more prepared for the issue. I always travel with one, just in case.
Top Pick: Surviveware Small First Aid Kit
80. Tool Box (& Tools)
A first-aid kit means you can handle minor health issues on the go.
In the same way, a basic tool box means you can deal with minor mechanical problems too.
You never know when they might be called for on the road. For that reason, I think it’d make a quality gift for any RVer.
Top Pick: Dekopro 168-Piece Auto-Repair Toolbox
81. Carbon Monoxide Detector
Cooking in enclosed spaces can cause all sorts of serious health risks.
I’ve not read into this, but I can only guess carbon monoxide is a hazard to take seriously. A detector could save someone’s life.
Top Pick: Nest Protect Second Gen Detector
82. Clip On Extended Wing Mirrors
Being able to see the road properly is obviously somewhat important when driving!
That’s often easier said than done in longer vehicles like RVs though. These extended mirrors clip on to the wing mirrors, enhancing levels of sight behind you.
You never know, they could save someone’s life!
Top Pick: Fit System Deluxe Clip On Mirrors
83. Dustpan and Brush
Right, so, a dustpan and brush is clearly another not-so-inspiring gift.
But whoever you give it to won’t be complaining when they get crumbs in their bed, or dirt all over the floor!
Top Pick: Oxo Good Grips Dustpan and Brush Set
84. Laptop Stand
Now this is something I definitely will look into buying for my van.
I’m obviously on my laptop quite a lot for my writing. I’ll miss having a table/desk to rest it on when I’m in the van. A laptop stand would make a decent replacement.
Top Pick: Huanuo Lap Desk
Feeling generous?! A laptop is sure to go down a treat with anyone you give it to!
I think it’d make van-life that bit more enjoyable too. You can watch movies in the evening, stay in touch with friends and family back home, and so on.
It would be a prized extra outlet for entertainment, and connecting with others on the road.
Top Pick: Apple Macbook Air
I’ve never warmed to kindles. But I totally see the value in them while you’re travelling.
They’re most definitely more practical than hauling half a dozen books around. If space is of the essence in the van, then having a kindle (instead of a bookshelf…) makes more sense.
Any avid reader is sure to love this as a gift.
Top Pick: White Kindle with Front Light
87. Exercise Bands
I’m a bit worried that living in a van could turn into a sedentary affair.
What with driving all day, before then moving into the back to go to sleep, and all…
Obviously, I can stop and go for a run, or a walk, or a swim in a lake etc. But I’m sure I’ll want something to stretch out my muscles a bit as well. Resistance bands are always a good bet.
Top Pick: Lets Fit Resistance Loop Bands
88. Campervan Magazine Subscription
Want to give someone something a bit different?
If they’re really into the RV life, then the best gift might be a magazine subscription all about it.
The mailing address will be something to consider, but the subscription itself is sure to be highly valued by true RV enthusiasts.
89. Van Leveller Kit
Sleeping on uneven ground isn’t fun.
A levelling kit solves the problem! Parked up on wonky ground, they’re placed under the wheels to right the angle.
Whoever receives these will be sleeping horizontally in no time, and have you to thank for it!
Top Pick: Beech Lane Camper Leveler Kit
90. Extension Ladder
Big RVs call for an extension ladder to get onto the roof etc. Indeed, many have fixed ladders in place already. For those that don’t, a portable one (like the ladder below) would be genuinely useful to get as a gift.
91. Tyre Pressure Gauge
Man, I hope I get a tyre pressure gauge one day.
Said very few people, ever.
Though it obviously isn’t hugely exciting, a pressure gauge would be a vital means of checking your tyres on the road!
Top Pick: Jaco Elite Pro Tyre Pressure Gauge 100 PSI
92. Trash Can
I’d probably laugh a little bit if I got a bin as a birthday or Christmas gift.
…Until I looked around my van and saw all the rubbish lying around. At which point I’d count myself lucky to have a new bin to keep things cleaner.
It’d also be good for free campsites where trash cans aren’t always provided. You take out what you take in- leaving rubbish behind is a big no-no.
Top Pick: Coghlan’s Pop Up Trash Can
93. Extraction Mats
Off-roading is always a risk for anything other than a 4x4.
I remember seeing numerous vehicles get stuck on 90 Mile Beach, New Zealand. The cars/vans just weren’t cut out for it. We had to dig them out of the sand.
If someone’s partial to the odd bit of off-roading, consider buying them some extraction mats.
These will help get them out of trouble if they end up stuck in the mud.
Top Pick: MaxFavour Emergency Traction Mats
94. Campfire Rings
Everyone loves a campfire!
But not every campsite, or location where you park the van, will be set up for them.
Campfire rings mean you can do it anyway! Give someone the first of fire! They’ll love you for it.
Top Pick: Camco Portable Campfire Rings
95. Portable Shower
Portable showers would make a nice fall-back in case of lengthy absences from proper bathroom facilities and so on.
No-one wants to make their living space dirty. I’m all for skipping a shower or two, but it’d just get unhygienic over time.
Staying clean on the road is obviously important. Having a backup portable shower would be a useful things to keep tucked away, in case of emergency BO situations.
96. Portable Toilet
Talk about glamour.
Give the gift of a portable toilet today. You never know when it might come in handy.
Top pick: Reliance Products Luggable Loo
97. Portable Vacuum Cleaner
Here’s another cleaning-related RV gift idea!
A portable vacuum cleaner would beat the dust pan and brush idea hands down. It’d make a great gift in the process.
Top Pick: Homasy Hand-Held Vacuum Cleaner
98. Dog Basket/Bed
This gift idea will only apply to a niche group of RV-ers:
Those lucky ones who get to travel with their dogs in tow!
if they don’t want the dog in the bed while they’re up front in the driver’s seat, then a dog bed will come be required!
Top Pick: PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed
99. Un-Spillable Doggy Bowls
Sticking with the pet theme, for a second.
What happens when you combine a bumpy road with a dog bowl full of food and water?
…Mess. Mess happens.
No-one wants dirty dog food and water drifting around the back of RV!
These un-spillable bowls will make all the difference!
Top Pick: Neater Feeder Elevated Dog Bowl
Last but not least!
A she-wee. Never heard of them? They’re clever little things that help girls stand up to go to the bathroom.
“Why on earth would that be a good gift for someone with a van?!”
I hear you ask.
Honestly, I’m not 100% sure myself. What I do know is that this is idea #100 and I’m officially running low on inspiration…
Equally, I, for one, take the ability to wee standing up for granted!
In random camping spots with no cubicles around, I’d definitely be reluctant to squat over dirty ground with all sorts of unknown bugs and stuff beneath me. This would definitely come in handy.
Top Pick: SheWee Flexi
Final Thoughts on the Best Gifts for RV Owners
There you have it: 100 of the best gifts for RV owners out there.
It takes a certain type of person to want to live and/or travel in a camper. If you’re looking for RV gifts to buy for someone you know, then I hope this list has helped!
Any and all of them would come in handy on the road.
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