Santa may not be due to arrive for awhile yet, but it’s never too early to develop a gift list for the camper in your life—or to make your next road trip even more fun! Check out the following ideas.
For the Teardrop Toolhound
Besides the standard items in your camper toolbox, here are a few more ideas:
- Air compressor with accessories (just in case!)
- Folding telescopic ladder (The Werner MT-13CA model can extend from 43 inches to 13 feet!)
- Leveling scissor jack drill socket
- Flashlight and camping lantern (Review 99 Boulders’ 9 Best Camping Flashlights of 2018 and Gearweare’s ratings of camping lanterns.)
- Handheld vacuum (Check out Wirecutter’s handheld vac ratings and Garrick Dee’s comprehensive guide.)
For the Camp Chef
Cooking over an open fire just makes everything taste better—but only if you have all the tools you need for successful grilling.
Start with eco-friendly fire starters, such as the ones offered by InstaFire, and add in a 20-piece grill set with aluminum storage case.
Tools, fire—now the equipment. Look for pans that nest, such as G4Free’s aluminum camping cooking set, with folding handles for space saving and compactness. Prefer cast iron? Save space with a reversible cast iron griddle and a combination Dutch oven and skillet/lid set. (Don’t forget a chainmail scrubber for cleaning your cast iron equipment!)
And just in case your chef needs a little inspiration, Camping World has a selection of cookbooks, while KOA has a selection of recipes from main dishes to desserts and everything in between!
For the Adventurous Explorer
Remember the Boy Scout motto about always being prepared? A2S’s line of camping and survival gear keeps what you need right at your fingertips, such as the 30-piece Emergency Kit and the Paracord Bracelet K2-Peak Series – Survival Gear Kitto give you what you need—just in case! Wear a GPS multisport watch like TomTom’s Adventurer watch and you’ll easily get back to your starting point.
Want to get a bird’s-eye view of the flora and fauna around your campground? A monocular telescope with cell phone adapter will increase your visual range and let you create a visual memento of your explorations.
Taking the kids on the trail with you? Outfit them with their own Naturalist’s Backpack Kit like the one from Home Science Tools.
For the Chillin’ Camper
A hammock with a stand is the ideal relax-and-refresh gift item—no trees required—providing a comfortable space to lay back and enjoy nature.
Add in a little soft music, courtesy of a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker—TechSounded.com has a list of Top 15 Best Solar Powered Bluetooth Speakers— and you may never want to move again!