As we approach the holidays many RV families will be asked what gifts family and friends can purchase for them and their kids. It can be difficult to make a wish list when living in a small space, especially if you are new to RVing and not yet sure what you will need and is worthwhile to consume precious space and weight. With years of experience living in an RV, we have come up with a list of ideas for holiday gifts, based on the four gift rule:
Something you want
Something you need
Something you wear
Something you read
And added some for travelers:
Something for wandering
Something for eating
Something for wondering
Something for sharing
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Something You Want
Legos are incredibly popular among RVing families. They appeal to kids (and adults) of all ages, take up very little space, and can be used in many different ways. In campgrounds it is common to see groups of children on a mat working on their creations while getting to know each other. Lego even has a fifth wheel and truck kit! Fulltime families hosts a field trip to Legoland Florida in February, with deeply discounted tickets that would be a great gift.
Children love forts, and Crazy Forts are light and take up little space. Having one in your site is a great way to make new friends!
Often campgrounds have a pond for fishing so it is great to have a rod and tackle box in the RV.
Something You Need
If you aren’t yet a member of Fulltime Families, it would make a great gift. In addition to access to special interest Facebook groups and events throughout the country, you will be eligible for discounts on a variety of products and services useful to RVers.
If you don’t yet have a Thousand Trails Zone Pass but have a generous relative, it is a great gift to give you an idea if you would like to purchase a membership. If you would like to learn more about Thousand Trails and how to receive a rebate on your purchase, read our blog post here.
There are a variety of other memberships to help you save money on camping fees, like Boondockers Welcome, Harvest Host, Good Sam, and more. Read our blog post to learn more about these options and the discounts for members of Fulltime Families.
Something You Wear
Does your family participate in the Junior Ranger program at National Parks and have a pile of badges? A great gift is a hat and vest to pin them on for your children to wear when you visit the parks.
Something You Read
For younger kids who are still learning to read a Kid’s Fire is an excellent economical choice, and is especially useful on travel days. Another option is the LeapReader System that uses a pen shaped device to read special books to your child.
Something For Wandering
Annual museum passes with reciprocal benefits, National Park passes, and amusement park season passes are great ways visit a variety of attractions on a budget. Our blog post explains some of the most popular options.
Long travel days can get boring, so it is a good idea to have games that can be played in the vehicle, both alone and as a family.
Something For Eating
Restaurant gift cards are a great idea for the family, whether to make travel days easier or to try something special in a new city.
Travel day snacks make great stocking stuffers, or items for a monthly care package from a family member.
Something For Wondering
Many parks have backpacks full of supplies available to rent or borrow, but you can make your own. Fill a backpack with binoculars, small containers, field tools, a magnifying glass, colored pencils, paper, a survival guide and a nature guide for your child to take along on hikes and to the playground.
Kids love toys, but often they are large and heavy. It is great to find toys that are light, take up little space, and incorporate learning, while being fun. Magnatiles and Snap Circuits top the list, while having the added benefit of being expandable.
Something For Sharing
Whether you are traveling alone or with friends, it is good to have a collection of all age games to play. The TableTopics series is great for getting to know people and learning more about those you already know, and can easily be played in the car or around the fire.
Foldable outdoor games are small, lightweight, and great activity to do with RV park neighbors.
Hopefully while traveling you will make new friends. A great way to do that is inviting people over for a fire around your propane fire pit.
As you can see, there are many ideas for gifts for traveling families, whether you are looking for a gift for your kids or spouse or others are asking what to gift you. Add your favorites to your Amazon Wish List, pin this post, or share with your family when they ask for gifts ideas!
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About the Author: Erin Muller, who is originally from upstate New York, has been traveling since early 2016 with her husband, 3 children (16 and 14 year old girls and a 12 year old boy), and dog. While she can’t pick a favorite place they have visited, some that top her list are Yellowstone, southern Utah, and Disney World!