Happy Holidays, everyone! Tyler and I wish to share some of our favorite items from full-time living and camping on the road to help you shop for the campers and RVers in your life. Whether you’re aiming to get something handy or just merely recreational, something big or small, there is sure to be something here on the list for everyone.
For those in your life who enjoy the perfect bonfire, the gift of a Solo Stove would send them over the moon. With their Signature 360° Airflow Design™ creating a super-efficient secondary burn, Solo Stove Fire Pits have less smoke compared to others. With a fire that burns more efficiently, you’ll be able to kick back and relax more instead of constantly tending to the fire.
Their portable fire pits come in three different sizes, Ranger, Bonfire, and the Yukon, and have a variety of accessories that will further elevate your experience.
Campspot Ambassador Alex Hardgrave loves ending the night cozying around the campfire with her wife and kids.
Here it is, the most asked-about item of our camping setup. I agree that these babies deserve all of the attention. These chairs are easy to transport, but without sacrificing comfort. They are called the Woods Canada “Mammoth” chair and live up to their big name.
A classic and a great stocking-stuffer, collapsable marshmallow roasting sticks are a great way to get the kids excited about the camping trips to come next spring and summer.
Tyler totally doubted whether this was a good buy when I first purchased this aptly named “Table In A Bag,” but it’s become one of our most-used items at our campsite. About the size of a square coffee table, the entire contraption comes apart and rolls up to fit inside, well, a bag. There are different variations and colors out there, but we liked the grey color from Crate & Barrel.
Before we hit the road for this tour, we used extra pieces of campfire wood to move wood around the fire. Looking back and putting it frankly, that was so dumb of us. A super-affordable must-have around the campfire, the log grabber, makes it easy to maintain your fire safely.
Which brings us to the fire-resistant gloves. Whether your cooking on the campfire or simply enjoying a cozy evening by the fire, these gloves enable you to handle any metal near the fire, such as cast-iron pans or grates, or add another log to the fire safely. Whatever glove you choose, pay careful attention to the temperature limits and directions.
From hiking to lounging around the Campspot, a refillable water bottle helps you stay well-hydrated while camping. We bring our bottles with us everywhere and love that the water stays cold for hours.
Unsure of what to do with the many images on your phone from your camping trips? We recently purchased this printer to help us document our adventures and travels. It’s retro meets modern with the ability to connect with your phone via Bluetooth but prints on polaroid film.
This one is for the millennial coffee snob of the family. Every family has one. I know this because Tyler is one. The portability of MiiR’s Pourigami makes it incredibly easy to brew high-quality pour-over coffee at any Campspot. Fold it up flat and carry it with you in your backpack, camping tub, or RV drawer.
Did we include this item on our list because we wanted to share this adorable picture of our cat Luna? Maybe. Regardless, hats are always something easy to pack and throw on if the temperature dips.
Another camping classic, the cast iron pan, might be the perfect gift for someone new to camping. Whether you’re staying in a tent, RVing, or camping in a cabin, chances are, you ought to bring your cast iron pan. Even if your camper-in-mind already owns a cast iron pan, there’s always the need for a new size or new style. Additionally, if you’re looking for a stocking-stuffer to accompany the gift, a cast iron care kit might come in handy.
I am actually wearing this item as I type! We picked up some comfy pieces at LL Bean while at their headquarters in Maine. Needless to say, it was a camper’s paradise. Flannels are easy to layer and warm but usually not too hot. There is a reason why they are tied to the imagery of camping.
Regardless of whether you have full hookups or have access to an outlet, a portable solar charger is handy to have at the campsite as well as while hiking or adventuring.
One of the most recent additions to our camping setup is this Coleman two-burner stove. If you and your spouse are looking for ways to do more things outside, this camping stove might be of great help. We bought ours when we realized that we enjoyed cooking outside but didn’t want to do the whole campfire production.
We swear by these. Powerful, environmentally-friendly, and affordable, Fatwood is on our “must-have” list. Below is a description from their website as to what makes Fatwood different from the rest:
Fatwood Firestarter consists of two parts: pinewood and the resin created in that very tree; It’s 100% all-natural. As the tree matures, this natural resin moves downward, collecting in the stump. With this high concentration of natural resin, we don’t need to add chemicals or additives like so much of our competition.
For the hiker in your family, surprise them with a pair of quality hiking shoes. I recently added these Nike trail runners to my shoe collection as I wanted an alternative to the hiking boots I already had.
The Stinky Stocking Stuffers
If you enjoy some good bathroom humor, you might consider getting the RVer in your family something both funny and useful like Walex Porta-Pak Holding Tank Deodorizer Drop-Ins, Rapid-Dissolving RV & Boat Toilet Paper, a Camco Ready-to-Use RV Sewer Hose Kit, or a Camco 20 ft. Plastic Sewer Hose Support. Top it off with a Cousin Eddie holiday card. Trust me, it’s hilarious.
Of course, the ultimate camping gift is a camping trip for the family. With Spring and Summer 2021 bookings starting to flow in, now is the best time to secure next year’s Campspot. Here are some suggestions on where to go: