1) National Parks Pass
There is nothing more vanlife or RV life than heading to the National Parks. This is why purchasing a National Parks Pass for your road travel friend is a great gift idea. The National Parks Pass allows you entry to National Parks and 2000 Federal Recreation Sites. Not to mention it often will give you a discount on camping! Shawn and I bought one this year and it easily paid for itself several times over!
2) AAA Card
3) Jackery Battery Bank
4) Portable Chargers
Portable chargers are frankly good for any kind of traveler. They allow you to store battery power inside of a very portable and small device that you can then charge your cell phone with at any point. It’s great for long flights for travelers and for RVer’s and Vanlifers it’s great for those times when you don’t have enough electricity to charge your cell phone or when you’ve gone on a long hike and used up all of your power on pictures. Don’t let your friends go without a cell phone flashlight when it comes time to hike down in the dark.
5) Solar Lights
Solar lights are by far one of the best gifts we were ever given. They are great because there have been so many times when we couldn’t use our lights or maybe wanted a more romantic setting and the lights were absolutely perfect. They charge from the sun so you don’t have to worry about one more thing draining your batteries. Since they have loops they have the capability to hang so you can get creative and put them anywhere you need light!
6) Bluetooth portable speaker
Van’s and RV’s are notorious for having terrible music systems. They simply weren’t built for an entertainment center. In our sprinter, we can’t hook up our phones to our speaker system in any fashion which means no podcasts, apple music, or Spotify. We are left to listening to the three channels that come through when we are traveling through the mountains. This is why a high-quality portable speaker is so important. You can connect via Bluetooth or USB and are able to listen to your favorite podcast or Spotify playlist. The JBL Flip is known for its high quality and moderately priced speaker.
7) Campervan Heater
Does your Vanlife friend or family member travel year-round? Then chances are there are times in the year when they get oh so cold! There is nothing better than being able to turn on your heater inside your van and stay warm like most home-dwelling humans. This is where the Mr. Buddy Heater can come in handy. The Mr. Buddy Heater runs off of propane and is a great little space heater when you are in a pinch.
The step-up is the Espar heater which fits underneath the front seat and connects to the diesel line in the van. Since it naturally vents out through the bottom of the van you are able to run it longer than the Mr. Buddy which needs to be ventilated and is not as safe of an option! Although this might be a gift you need to get approved I guarantee it will be the most used gift they have ever received!
8) Gift Card
Most people I know think gift cards are impersonal and hate buying them as a holiday present and look I get it. It takes about zero effort to purchase a gift card. In this digital 2-day shipping world, what gift isn’t easy anymore? For an RVer or vanlifer gift cards are absolute gold and we will not think less of you for giving us a gift that will save us when we run out of gas money or grocery money. You can’t go wrong with most gift cards but these are the ones I recommend the most!
- Kroger Gift Card- Kroger’s are all across America and your friend will not have a hard time finding a grocery store to spend their new money at!
- Amazon Gift Card– Even on the road Amazon is still a popular store to purchase from and you can buy almost anything on Amazon!
- Home Improvement Store – When you live in your mode of transportation chances are you are constantly doing home improvement. This is why a gift card to Lowe’s or Home Depot is always a welcome surprise. When you have an emergency it is so nice to be able to walk in knowing you have the extra cash!
Books are a timeless gift that I frankly approve of for anyone on your list. Rv owners and vanlifers are not to be excluded from this idea and will likely approve of such a gift. However, since there is limited space and every book that they own is special and hand-picked I would recommend buying an amazon kindle gift card so that they can purchase the book they want and keep it in the cloud. Kindle can now be read on Android and Apple devices so no extra Kindle device needed! You can also pick out your gift purchase and send it as a gift if you have a book in mind!
10) 16 oz Yeti Tumbler
Bonus: The Original Rumpl Puffy Blanket is made with 100% post-consumer plastics which means you can feel good about the purchase.
12) Weboost Wifi Extender
13) Road Atlas
Who takes a road trip with a road atlas? Surprisingly way too many people. Make sure your Road traveling friend does not go with an updated road atlas this year. A road Atlas will not fail you no matter how little battery or how little cell service you may have, and so it is the perfect gift for RV Owners!
So there you have it, a list of gifts for rv owners and vanlifers in your life! Do you think buying for vanlifers is difficult or do you love a challenge?