youtubeWith so many people joining the RV lifestyle over the past year and a half it has become increasingly difficult to obtain a campsite with hookups like electricity and city water. However, those new to RVing need not despair as thousands of campsites without hookups remain vacant every night.

If you are looking for a Christmas gift for an RVer that has just discovered boondocking or dry camping (camping without hookups), then consider giving them one of the following:

14 Gift Ideas for RV Dry Campers

  • Water Bandit – This handy device allows the user to connect a hose to a non-threaded campground faucet for filling their freshwater tank.

  • SoftStartRV – This device allows an RVer to operate their air-conditioner via a small generator when they find themselves without hookups.

  • Stove Top Toaster – If that someone special on your gift loves toast or toasted muffins, consider giving them a stove top toaster allowing them to toast their favorite bread product on a RV gas stove burner.


    Water Bandit & Stove Top Toaster

  • Solar Yard Lights – These are great for setting around the campsite to define the perimeter of the campsite, illuminate walkways and to spot those pesky raccoons that show up at night to steal things off the picnic table.



  • Berkey Water Filter – If your gift recipient has gone beyond camping in non-hookup campsites and prefers just camping out in the woods, this filter will remove harmful viruses and bacteria from untreated water converting it to 99.99% clean drinking water.



  • AEROPRESS Coffee and Espresso Maker – Even without electrical power your RVing friends can enjoy their morning espresso!



  • Dutch Oven – Since air conditioning is a luxury when dry camping, cooking outside over a fire or camp stove to avoid heating up the interior of the RV becomes a necessity. Consider giving the RVer on your list a Dutch oven and maybe a cookbook of recipes.



  • Head Lamp – Many non-hookup campgrounds are devoid of electrical power throughout the campground meaning there are no streetlights or other light sources at night. A head lamp allows RVers to see at night while keeping their hands free for tasks like setting up camp, accessing baggage compartments, taking the dog for a walk, etc.



  • Portable Power Station – A portable power station will allow your gift recipient to charge their laptop, cell phone, camera or other electronic device when they are camping without an electrical hookup.



  • Cell Phone Booster – If your RVing friends or family like to camp far from urban areas where cell phone service is marginal, consider a cell phone booster which will amplify a weak cell phone signal to a useable level.



  • Satellite Messenger – This is a must have for active RVers that find themselves deep in the mountains or other places without cell phone service. It can literally save their life!



  • Buddy Heater – No electrical hookup, no problem! This heater will keep the recipient warm in their RV when they are away from electrical hookups. No more draining their RV house batteries operating the furnace. Make certain to give a model that is rated for interior use.



  • Folding Camp Table – Those that have found the joy of camping outside of developed campgrounds often miss having a picnic table. A camp table is the answer, especially one that folds and can be easily stored in a RV baggage compartment.



  • Little Red Campfire – This “campfire in a can” allows RVers to enjoy a campfire when campfires are outright banned or only allowed in approved fire rings. If your gift recipient prefers camping outside of developed campgrounds, they can enjoy a campfire wherever and whenever they please. Compact design with a secure cover allows for convenient mess free storage within the RVs baggage compartment.

There you have it, 14 items that any dry camper will appreciate receiving. The assorted variety assures there is something that will fit your gift giving budget regardless of whether you are looking for a stocking stuffer or the “big gift” for your spouse. May your Holiday season be merry and bright!

Dave Helgeson
Author: Dave HelgesonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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