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Best Gifts for Van Travelers
Best Gifts for Van Travelers

Best Gifts for Van Travelers

Best Gifts for Van Travelers

For your friends who like to camp, travel and spend time out on the road here are some gift ideas for this holiday season. We have had some amazing presents[aka gifts, contributions, tributes, tokens, etc.] from our friends and relatives over the last few years.

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Useful Gifts for Van Living

Due to the nature of living or traveling in a van [with a relatively small living space], you have to be a little committed to the idea of minimalism.

Otherwise you will be over-encumbered, frustrated, and it won’t all fit. In other words, you want to enjoy your time on the road, and not feel like you are moving into a trade show under tight deadlines.

However, when packing to hit the road there are a few items that can make life a little easier in a van.

These are some of the best gifts for the van travelers in your life:

Road Atlas

I know this is old fashion, but we love having a road atlas to mark our journeys. It is another great way to keep track of memories and it is a reliable time-tested navigational tool. The atlas has often come in handy when we don’t have any cell-phone service in remote areas (i.e. in the mountains, dunes, or valleys).

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12V Heater Blanket

Since we live in Michigan, this is one of the best gifts we have ever gotten for the van. Especially when traveling in the winter, fall and/or early spring, it is a real game changer when the temperature unexpectedly drops below freezing. We definitely would have had many cold nights in the Outer Banks last year without it.

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Reliable Rechargable Flashlight

I know we routinely mention flashlights in almost every van post, but a reliable flashlight is really important when traveling in your van. Often it is useful if you are parking in a dark area, cooking late, arriving late, or you just need to see at night, a good flashlight is helpful. Also if you are traveling with a fury friend, a flashlight is handy for those late night walks.

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Battery Jump Pack

This small but powerful device can really save the day if you accidentally use up your main starting battery for too long (always remember to turn off the radio) or if it is especially cold outside.

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Foldable Chairs

Chairs are always needed on the road. Whether you are at the park, at the beach or at your campsite, it is nice to have a comfortable place to sit outside. The foldable designs available also saves a lot of space.

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Travel Passes & Helpful Memberships for the Van

Since the van has a finite amount of space, some of our favorite gifts are not physical items but memberships or passes.

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Space is limited inside a van!

Here are some of the best ones for van travel:

Harvest Host Membership

As a Harvest Host member, travelers can find unique places to stay at no additional cost around the country. Instead of looking for a place to stealth camp for the night or an expensive campground, van travelers can check out more interesting local wineries, breweries, farms and museums while exploring new areas.

National Park Pass

One of the best gifts we have ever received was the America the Beautiful Pass.” This annual national park pass, gets you into all national parks around the country. We have used it to visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Isle Royal, Yellowstone, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, Chaco Canyon, Devil’s Tower and the Badlands.

AAA Membership

The first year we began traveling in our van, we received a AAA membership as a gift. As it turned out, we used every tow possible in that first year. Buying a used van privately, we didn’t know completely what we were getting into. After each breakdown, it was definitely a piece of mind to know who to call when it happened.

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Planet Fitness Black Card Membership

If we were living in our van full time, a Planet Fitness Black Card Membership would definitely be a part of our monthly budget. Access to gyms around the country with workouts, spas, and hot showers for $24.99 per month is a deal that can’t be passed up when traveling full time. This is a great option particularly for travelers without their own hot shower.

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Audible Membership

If I didn’t have access to a local library for unlimited books, ebooks and audiobooks, I would definitely be subscribing to an audio book source such as Audible. While out on the road, I love listening to books. A book is also the best companion on rainy days or or long days at the beach.

Gas Card

Finally, van travelers can’t go anywhere without some fuel. When traveling or living in a van the largest portion of the budget is definitely gas. Ease those daily travel blues with a gas card! Plus you can get one most anywhere.

Van Travel Gifts in Conclusion

If it has a space in our van, it has to be small, portable and easy to use. When considering the best gifts for van travelers, think of small or non-physical items. Gifts that keep on giving throughout the year are also a bonus.

Have fun shopping! Have a joyful holiday season. ~ KiteBikeVan

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