Holiday Gift Guide: RV Stocking Stuffers
Looking for gift ideas for the nomad in your life? While space is generally at a premium in a tiny home, these RV stocking stuffers are not only useful, they’re compact too!
Holiday Gift Guide: RV Stocking Stuffers
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Chances are, there will be times you’ll need to dump your tanks in the middle of the night. When that happens, having a headlamp can definitely come in handy. Ours has also made setting up camp late at night and picking up after our dog, McNally, much easier. Not to mention it’s lightweight and can be tossed in our hiking bag when we hit the trails. With a headlamp, you’ll have the convenience of a flashlight but the freedom to still use both of your hands.
If you’ve stayed in an RV with the awning out, you’ve likely heard the awning flapping on windy days. Although we bring ours in when winds are extreme, in most cases the sound has been muffled by using these straps. We use 2 sets on each side of our awning and have been amazed at how secure it is, and how little we hear it flapping. Guess that’s why they call these de-flappers, eh?
Honestly, dry shampoo is something I used prior to RV’ing, but I appreciate it so much more now! If you’re short on water, want to limit dumping your tanks when you don’t have sewer hookups, or simply don’t have the time or energy to wash your hair, dry shampoo can become your BFF.
Just like the convenience of dry shampoo, these biodegradable wet wipes can come in handy when you’re unable to shower. They’re larger than typical wipes, are unscented, and best of all they’re biodegradable. I’ve also heard great things about Epic Wipes, which are even larger than these (but you can cut them into smaller sizes if you want).
One of my biggest fears when it came to RV’ing, was weather. I was (and still am sometimes) nervous about being caught in bad storms or being near wildfires. While we use apps to keep an eye on current and upcoming weather conditions, having an emergency radio is never a bad idea. This one has a hand crank so you don’t need power to listen to the latest alerts, and also includes a flashlight, compass, and SOS alarm. It can also be used with batteries or charged by solar or a USB.
Thankfully, this isn’t something we’ve had to use, and hopefully, we never do. With that said, keeping bear spray on hand can give a little more peace of mind when hiking through the forest, especially in bear country.
I’m not sure how many of these we have, but they always come in handy! We have a few different sizes and use them in our fridge, kitchen cabinets, and linen closet when traveling. Not only do the prevent items from falling when driving down the road, but they can come in handy for adding vertical storage space or for hanging cleaning supplies. We actually use one of these to hang the curtain in our bedroom doorway.
I wanted a Himalayan salt lamp prior to moving into the RV, but at the time was overly cautious with adding too much weight. I couldn’t tell you how many times I put one in my cart, only to put it back before checking out. Then my mom bought me a salt lamp nightlight and I fell in love. Not only was it smaller and lighter, but it still has all the amazing properties of larger salt lamps. The best part is the glow, which is similar to a cozy campfire. We now have multiple nightlights and actual salt lamps in the RV. I’ve become obsessed.
There are several ways to hang decorative items in a camper, from screws to nails, pop rivets to mug hooks. Some of my favorite ways to hang items in the RV that don’t damage the walls is Velcro and I even wrote a post about it here (they now make these hangable options). We also use a combination of command hooks (the bathroom specific ones are great in the RV because they hold up well to humidity), mounting tape, and Quakehold.
Just because we’re traveling in an RV doesn’t mean we don’t love to snuggle up and watch some TV. In fact, we have been known to binge watch certain shows from time to time, and right now we’re all about those cheesy Christmas movies. We have a smart TV in the living room, which to be honest we rarely ever use, and then use a PS4 in the bedroom to connect to Amazon, Netflix or Hulu. With that said, every one I know that has a Firestick swears by it, since it makes connecting to subscription-based shows and movies so much easier. We plan to pick one of these up to make connecting easier and also to give us more subscription-based options not available with the PS4. Only one of our TVs is 4k though, so we’ll likely go with this older Firestick option.
Forget things, and give the gift of experiences with the America the Beautiful National Parks Annual Pass! This pass easily pays for itself after just a couple visits to a National Park and won’t take up any extra space in the camper. Not to mention it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Okay so I know gift cards may not be the most creative gift idea, but if you ask me they are super practical, especially for RV’ers. Whenever we get asked what we want I struggle because 1. We really don’t need much and 2. the things we do want are either more personal or more expensive techy gear. I want to love what I bring into the RV and don’t want anyone wasting money on stuff we really don’t need or love. So whether you’re struggling with gift ideas or are as bad as we are at getting to the post office in time, gift cards are a great option! We especially recommend Amazon gift cards since they generally have lockers available across the US where items can be picked up, which is awesome when you’re traveling and don’t have a permanent address.
What RV-related gifts would you love to find in your stocking? Let us know in the comments below!
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our RV Holiday Gift Guides here! We’ll be sharing gift ideas that take up zero space this weekend, so be sure to check back!