For a traveler, adventurer, or camper, few gifts make your heart sing quite as much as new gear! Today we’re sharing our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: 18 Gift Ideas For the Camper, Traveler, and Adventurer. These are mostly items we have and love, along with a few that are making an appearance on our own Christmas lists this year!
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Gifts for the Traveler
- F1 Spacepak Toiletry Bag. Because we spend a lot of time in campground, hotel, and friends’ bathrooms, I’ve been looking for the perfect toiletry bag for almost two years now. Ryan got me this one for my birthday, and it’s perfect. It has a hanging hook, room for large toiletries (not just travel-sized ones), and I can easily carry all my stuff from bathroom to bathroom.
- Ebags packing cubes. I never check luggage if I can help it, and packing cubes help me fit everything in my carry-on, every time. Ebags’ version come in lots of sizes and lots of colors so you can customize to your needs. (I like the small size cubes, but the mixed packs are great too.)
- Away Carry-On. I finally retired my carry-on after 10 years of use and abuse, and I’m determined this Away bag is going to be the next one I purchase. It’s a hardshell. It has a built-in charger. It comes in gorgeous colors. I’m obsessed.
Gifts for the Camper
- OuterEQ 8pcs Lightweight Cookware Set. This set is small, but it has just about everything you need for cooking for two on a propane stove. It’s a great size for backpacking and short camping trips (although I rely heavily on it for longer trips, too.) When I bought it I was concerned about the quality, but we’ve had it for a year and it’s still going strong!
- Lodge L5SK3 Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 8-inch. This is on my list. Because fire food is the best food. (And this one is a great price point and size.)
- Coleman Bottle Top Propane Stove. This is meant for backpacking, but I cooked almost exclusively on this guy for about a year with no problems. Upgrade: The Coleman Classic Propane Stove.
- evrgrn Starry Night 2P Tent. My sister has this tent, and I’m planning how to steal it from her. (Shhhh!) The coolest part about it is seamless mesh moonroof and two large doors. It’s also super easy to setup — always a plus.
- Wild and Wolf Enamel Mug. I got my enamel camping mug for Christmas last year, and I love it.
- Kindle Paperwhite E-reader. Hear me out on this one. Of course, camping is a time for disconnecting from electronics. That said, there are few things I love as much as reading a good book in front of the campfire. This one is the best of every world. It’s backlit, so you can see the screen at night. It’s not a tablet, so you won’t be distracted by the wonders of the Internet. And it has built-in 3G, which means in all but the most remote regions, I can always have a new book at my fingertips. (Bonus: my favorite case, the Fintie Smartshell, which has kept my Kindle safe from one end of the country and back.)
Gifts for the Hiker
- Hiking boots. The avid hiker goes through shoes like crazy. Ryan is on his third pair of Merrell Moabs (they come in a mid-height as well). Rebecca hikes in Brooks Cascadias — technically a trail runner, but super lightweight and sturdy.
- Waterproof shell. This year we both added nice hiking rain jackets to our wardrobes. Ryan’s is the Merrell Cascadia, and fits like a dream. Rebecca’s is The North Face Venture Jacket. And in orange and sea foam green, respectively, we’re very easy to spot on the mountain.
- The perfect hiking jacket (for him and for her). Ryan has one. Rebecca has one … on her Christmas list. These jackets are lightweight, warm, and nice enough to cover the transition from the mountain to dinner out.
- Outdoor Products Vortex Backpack. We’ve been looking for just the right hiking daypack for a while, and this summer we finally found it. This pack fits both of us comfortably, carries snacks, maps, and extra layers without being too big, and comes in lots of colors. It’s also ridiculously inexpensive compared to a lot of the bags we looked at.
Gifts for the Adventurous Homebody
- National Parks Coloring Book. For cold winter nights in front of the fire … or, you know, in the camper. (I love this one, too.) Don’t forget the colored pencils — as a former art teacher, Prismacolors are my favorite.
- Camping artwork from Anderson Design Group. It will help you remember the joy of sleeping in a tent, traveling in a camper, and cooking in a cabin — even when you’re at home. (Their national park collection make me feel all warm and fuzzy, too.)
Gifts for Adventurous Kids
(I couldn’t do a gift guide without adding books … but this time, it’s my picks for the little ones!)
- National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments and Landmarks. Our national parks are one of my favorite things about our country, and I want every kid in America to love them, too.
- Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? Yes. Yes they do. (I seriously need a niece to buy this book for.)
- Home. Full-time RV families, this is for you. Just to remind your little ones that — like people — home comes in all colors, shapes, and sizes.