For many RVers, nothing says romance like RV upgrades, gadgets and special camping gifts that add fun and comfort to camping. If you’re looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for RVers in your life, consider my 10 favorite must-have camping gifts, guaranteed to win the heart of your favorite road tripper.
Insulated wine tumblers are little camping luxury items that give a big boost in personal comfort when playing in the outdoors. We discovered that they’re not just for wine when a friend gifted us this great RV kitchen upgrade. Now we will never go back to ordinary drinking cups when we travel. These double-walled and vacuum insulated tumblers optimize the flavors of any drink. They keep liquids hot or cold and what impresses me the most is they don’t “sweat” annoying condensation like other tumblers.
You can plan the perfect RV getaway, but mosquitoes and biting bugs don’t care about your dream. Be ready for these pests with a Thermacell Portable Mosquito Repeller, which gives 12 hours of portable, DEET-free mosquito relief. I was a skeptic about this before I bought one, but our trip to Alaska proved its value when we landed the swampiest, buggiest parts of the North Country. Just turn on the butane-activated, eco-friendly device to create an invisible 15-foot shield between you and mosquitoes. By emitting a synthetic, scent-free copy of a natural repellent found in chrysanthemum plants, Thermacell lets you enjoy the outdoors without toxic bug sprays or smoky citronella candles.
For many of us, loving the outdoors often means going outside our comfort zone and into rugged terrain where cellular coverage doesn’t exist. This was on my mind last summer when I twisted my ankle on a remote Oregon trail and limped 10 miles back to the RV. The injury wasn’t serious, but if it was, a personal locator beacon could have saved my life. A personal locator beacon device like the ACR ResQLink is a must-have if you and your RV companions love exploring off-grid locations.
Nature’s most extraordinary moments often happen at great distances, teasing us with blurry glimpses of majesty. From the Rockies to Appalachia, I’ve often wished that I owned a pair of high-quality camping binoculars like the Steiner HX Binoculars. Reviewers rave and say they are the best around, with their durable construction, fast focus and crystal-clear optics that show off nature’s beauty any time of day, even at dusk. When I think about the bald eagles and bear encounters at a distance we’ve enjoyed, I know that a great pair of binoculars would have made the encounters even more spectacular. Dear husband, are you reading this?
In the age of Covid, we’ve all had to get creative about entertaining ourselves. A portable party bar for RVers is one of the best ways to create a festive mood for any holiday, like Valentine’s Day. Two table skirt designs are included, along with vibrant LED lights that only need three AAA-batteries per side to set the mood with a display of 16 different colors. Lightweight but sturdy, the aluminum, 78-inch-long countertop and interior shelving is a party-on-the-go for any RV campsite. Just add a DJ and your favorite drinks for a great time wherever you land!
Over the years, I’ve wasted money on a dozen cheap camping chairs, but they rarely lasted more than a season before popping a rivet or splitting a seam. I’ve finally learned that a heavy-duty camp chair like the MacSports Club Chair is always worth the investment. Oversized and so comfy you’ll want to use it indoors, too, it features a rugged, stain-resistant cushion that easily seats anyone weighing 250-pounds or less. Take comfort on the go and tote the 18-pound camp chair anywhere with its free carrying case.
High-quality pie irons make some of the easiest, best campfire desserts, often with little more than two slices of buttered bread and tasty pie filling. Cooked over hot coals, beloved “Hobo Pies” or “Pudgies” satisfy hungry campers with creative breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert combinations. Stick with the standards or get a fresh take on campfire cooking with the Pudgie Pie Iron Cookbook. You’ll find revolutionary recipes like Tater Tot Waffles with prosciutto and blue cheese, Caramel Apple Pie and more. I can’t think of a more relaxing way to wrap up an adventure-filled day from the comfort of your oversized camp chair.
The first time I saw a hoodie blanket (also known by some RVers as a woobie) was when my friend wore one to keep warm around the campfire on an icy cold night. Warm and toasty, Big Sam was the envy of our camping crew in a snuggly woobie that reminded me of the Sherpy. Part hoodie, part blanket, the microfleece and flannel-zippered reversible lounge suit is super soft and oversized to keep anyone warm and comfy indoors or outside.
Dogs keep cool by panting and sweating through their paws and nose, but on the hottest days, they can use our help. A Coleman Pet Cooling Mat keeps canines from overheating with an enticing surface that’s 5 to 10 degrees cooler than the ambient air temperature. It does that with a non-toxic gel interior that doesn’t need refrigeration to stay cold, making it perfect for any camping adventure. Made in three different sizes to accommodate all breeds, the dog-friendly bedding is made with water-resistant fabric and easily cleans with a damp cloth.
One of the best parts about RVing is taking a refreshing shower wherever the road takes you. But generic RV shower heads leave you with a less-than-satisfying experience. I had no idea we were missing out on a better RV shower experience until we upgraded to an Oxygenics BodySpa RV shower head. This affordable RV bathroom fixture lives up to the promise of delivering an intensified water stream, whether we are connected to city water or using our pump. The best part is that somehow this commercial-grade fixture manages to give a better RV shower and conserve water too.
RV life is one of the best ways to explore the nation, and adding little gifts and gadgets to your home on wheels can make all of your travels even better.