50 Best Van Life Gifts of 2022

Discover the best gifts for van lifers with this gift list featuring ideas for awesome gear and essentials for life on the road.
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Finding the perfect gift ideas for van lifers can be difficult – what do you get the person who lives tiny and doesn’t have a lot of storage space? Small and/or practical van life gear and essentials make the top of this list, and below we’ve rounded up the best van life gifts to make your holiday shopping easy.

From compact camp furniture to practical safety gear to fun outdoor games, we’ve checked off every box to make sure there’s something for every kind of van lifer in your life, and best of all — we actually use these items on the road (or they are on our wish list!)


Furniture & Accessory Van Life Gifts

Whether camping in a National Park or dispersed camping on public lands, these furniture & accessory van life gift ideas are perfect for those wanting a little comfort and ambiance around the campfire.

A Sprinter van at a dispersed campsite in Moab, Utah with a camp chair, rug, and table set up outside

Helinox Sunset Chair

The Helinox Sunset Chair is our go-to van life camp chair for its comfort, packability, and ease of setting up. Weighing in at only 3lbs 4oz, it’s light yet durable and the high, supportive back makes relaxation a breeze. If you’re looking for a great van life gift, this should be a top contender.

Helinox Sunset Chair / One of the best gifts for van life

Check price: Helinox | Backcountry | REI

CGEAR Sand-Free Mat

An outdoor mat is something that every van lifer finds useful. A sand mat keeps sand and dirt from getting tracked inside and creates a nice “patio” space for hanging out. This CGear Sand-Free Mat is my favorite because it allows sand and dirt to filter through (rather than pile up on top), it packs down small, and it’s what I use when I set up camp outside my van.

CGEAR Sand Mat / One of the best gifts for van camping

Check price: Backcountry | REI | Amazon

REI Co-op Camp Roll Table

The REI Co-op Camp Roll Table is perfect for food prep, playing games at camp, or using as a side table around the campfire. It’s made of lightweight aluminum and packs down small to about the size of a standard camp chair, making it the perfect compact gift for van lifers.

REI Co-op Camp Roll Table / One of the best gifts for van life

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RTIC Soft Pack Cooler

Investing in (or gifting) a quality cooler can make a world of difference in van life where temperatures can change rapidly and access to ice isn’t always easy. Having a small, portable cooler is key for being able to take food and drinks with you when you’re away from your van — think beach trips, kayaking, etc. We love the RTIC Soft Pack Cooler which is small enough to stash away easily, easy to transport and keeps things really cold.

RTIC Soft Pack Cooler

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If the van lifers in your life use a cooler in their van instead of a fridge, we recommend upgrading to the RTIC 45QT Hard Cooler, which keeps ice frozen for up to 10 days (a LOT longer than your typical cooler!)

RTIC 45 Hard Cooler / One of the best gifts for van camping

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MoonShade Awning

The MoonShade Awning is one of the best gifts for van lifers because it fits on nearly any vehicle, does well in windy conditions, and packs down small for easy portability. And it’s easy to set up too! It’s an affordable gift for any van lifer who is looking for a portable, versatile awning for camping. Read our full review of the MoonShade awning for all the details.

*Save 10% by using the code BEARFOOTTHEORY at checkout*

A man and woman sitting in camp chairs under a MoonShade awning attached to camper van roof

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Kammok Double Roo Hammock

Hammocks and camping go hand-in-hand and this Kammok Double Roo Hammock is the perfect companion for van life. It comes in lots of bright colors and there’s ample room to fit two. It’s even light enough to carry along on a quick backpacking trip. It comes in a single version as well.

Kammok Double Roo Hammock / One of the best gifts for van life

Check price: Kammok | REI | Moosejaw

Rumpl Blanket

Rumpl Blankets are our favorite van life comforters because they’re snuggly and soft yet still durable for the road. I’ve used mine for 4 years and I can’t believe how well it’s held up! The blankets come in several different materials including recycled synthetic, a warmer NanoLoft synthetic, and down. You can also choose from a wide variety of colors and styles. Since they’re water and dirt-resistant and can be thrown into the wash, they’re one of our favorite gifts in general.

Rumpl Blanket / One of the best van life gifts

Check price: Rumpl | Backcountry | REI

West Paw Heyday Dog Bed

If you’re traveling with a dog in the van, it’s nice for them to have a comfy space of their own. My dog Charlie likes to hang out in his West Paw Heyday Dog Bed between the two front seats. Handmade in Montana, this dog bed has a soft, textured top and a micro-suede bottom that is totally machine-washable (a huge plus, especially in van life). Plus, this bed folds in half in case you need to stash it away.

*Use the code WESTPAW10 to get 10% off!*

West Paw Heyday dog bed

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Sea to Summit Hanging Toiletry Bag

A fundamental ‘rule’ of van life is to keep your belongings as organized as possible to prevent clutter and mess, which can really cramp a small space (like a van). That’s why we love the Sea to Summit Hanging Toiletry Bag where you can store all of your toiletries and showering essentials. This bag comes with a little mirror, has plenty of pockets to keep things organized, and it’s available in two sizes.

Sea to Summit Hanging Toiletry Bag / One of the best gifts for travel and van life

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Nomadix Quick Dry Towel

Quick-dry towels are a staple for van life. They are incredibly multi-functional for using as a beach or shower towel, wiping down countertops, cleaning up spills, and wiping off dog paws – and they’re way less bulky than your traditional towel. Coming in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes, Nomadix Towels are our favorite quick-dry towel to keep on hand in the van.

Nomadix quick dry towel / A great van life gift

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Geyser Systems Portable Shower w/ Heater

When it’s time to rinse off or you just got back from a muddy hike and need to wipe off your dog’s paws, having a Geyser Systems Portable Hot Water Shower feels like a luxury. Using less than a gallon of water, this small, portable device heats up water (while plugged into AC power) and has a control valve that allows you to choose the water flow for up to 15 minutes of showering. It also comes with a sponge attachment, which is really handy to soap up with before rinsing off. You can read our full review of the Geyser Systems Portable Hot Water Shower here.

Geyser Systems portable outdoor shower, great for van life

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EcoFlow RIVER Portable Power Station

Whether you work from the road or you’re spending an extended time off-grid, having a portable power station like the EcoFlow RIVER can be really helpful, even as a backup to your house battery system. This power station is designed to charge a range of electronics from phones to computers and can even be used with some kitchen appliances. This is the power station that I and BFT team member (and full time van lifer) Courtney use. It’s our top pick because it charges very fast – from 0-80% in 1 hour when plugged into AC power.

EcoFlow River portable power station

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Mr. Buddy Portable Heater

Stay warm and toasty in your van no matter what season it is with the portable Mr. Buddy Heater. This heater runs on 1 lb propane cylinders (not included), so there’s no worry about draining your van battery on a chilly night. It also comes with several auto shut-off safety mechanisms, like turning off if it gets tipped over, if it detects low oxygen levels, and if the pilot light turns off. (Note: this heater should be turned off before going to bed.)

Mr. Buddy portable heater

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Ruggable Rug

A Ruggable Rug is great for van life because it can be washed and dried in a regular washing machine. Keeping the van floor clean is an almost impossible task, but with a durable, washable rug like Ruggable, it’s a lot easier. Plus you can always remove it to shake it outside. I use a Ruggable Rug in my Sprinter and with two dogs, I couldn’t imagine my van without it.

Ruggable washable Rug

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Scrubba Wash Bag

Keep your clothes clean with this clever Scrubba Wash Bag. It’s essentially a large 3L bag with a modern take on an old-fashioned washboard. Simply fill the bag up with warm water and a bit of biodegradable soap, then ‘scrub’ your clothes clean on the washboard nodules. The Scrubba helps save time and money and it also doubles as a dry bag, perfect for taking out on the water.

Scrubba wash bag

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Kitchen & Cooking Van Life Gifts

Making the cook happy pretty much guarantees that you’ll be happy (and full) too. Take the van kitchen to the next level with these gift ideas.

Eureka Ignite Camp Stove

It’s nice to have a portable camp stove along for cooking outside, even if you have a built-in stove top in your van. We love the Eureka Ignite Plus Stove (which fits two 12in pans). It has two powerful burners, great simmering capability, and a solid construction that will help you cook up delicious camp meals for years. If you want something a little smaller, the regular Eureka Ignite fits two 10in pans.

Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Stove

Check price: Backcountry | REI

GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station

A cook station makes cooking outdoors a lot easier by providing extra space to chop veggies and prep food. We love the GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station because it packs up nicely and has multiple levels and tiers to give you space to whip up gourmet meals. I travel with this table in my van and set it up when we’re camped to cook outside. If you know someone who loves cooking outside, this table is a must!

GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station

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Magma Nesting Cookware

Van life requires a creative approach to using space and one of our favorite space-saving techniques is to use this Magma Nesting Cookware. Everything in this set nests together perfectly and can be easily stored in a cabinet. The pots are easy to clean and the handles are also detachable, making them even easier to stash away. Plus, this cookware is induction-friendly for those of you with an induction stove in your van.

Magma Nesting Cookware

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Aeropress Go Travel Coffee Press

The AeroPress coffee maker has been my go-to method for making that perfect cup of joe for nearly 10 years. The AeroPress Go travel coffee press is super compact, takes less than a minute to make a cup of coffee, and the process results in a rich, smooth flavor that I haven’t been able to achieve with drip coffee or a french press. Cleanup is also a cinch, which is essential, especially when you’re in a van. You can read my full review of the Aeropress Go here.

Aeropress Go Travel Coffee Press

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YETI Rambler Tumbler

Everyone needs a travel mug for coffee and tea, and van lifers are no exception. This YETI Rambler Tumbler fits in most cup holders, keeps drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours, and makes one-handed drinking easy with a MagSlider lid.

YETI Rambler Tumbler coffee mug

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Omnia Stovetop Oven

A lack of an oven is one of the biggest downsides of most van kitchens. With the Omnia Oven, you can bake right on your stovetop! From pizza to cakes to bread to casseroles, this compact “oven” is the perfect gift for the van life baker in your life.

Omnia Stovetop Oven

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YETI Wine Tumbler

For the van lifers that love a little sunset happy hour, these YETI Wine Tumblers make the perfect gift. They’re super durable, insulated, and have a lid to prevent spillage whether holding wine, cocktails, or non-alcoholic drinks.

YETI Rambler Wine Tumbler

Check price: Backcountry | Amazon

GSI Outdoors Infinity Plate

The GSI Outdoors Infinity Plate is an extremely durable, lightweight, easy-to-wash, BPA-free plate that won’t hold odors. I’ve used these plates in my van for years and absolutely love them. GSI Outdoors also offers matching bowls — or an entire 4-person table set. One thing to note is that these plates are no microwave safe if you have a microwave in your van.

GSI Outdoors Infinity Plate

Check price: Backcountry | Amazon

Epic Water Filters Nalgene Bottle

Ditch single-use water bottles in the van with an Epic Water Filters water bottle. These reusable water bottles come with a replaceable filter that filters out over 70 contaminants including microplastics, metals, and even some harmful chemicals. Since van lifers are often filling up water from public sources like gas stations and public parks that may have old pipes, it’s really important to filter your water, and this is one of the simplest ways to do so.

If you already have a reusable water bottle, you can get a Hydro Flask-compatible lid and filter or a Nalgene-compatible lid and filter, and if you’re traveling off the grid, you could also purchase the Outdoor Adventure Filter, which also removes bacteria, viruses, and protozoa.

Epic Water Filters Water Bottle

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Clearsource RV Water Filter

We recently added a Clearsource RV Water Filter to our van after several experiences with very heavily chlorinated campground water. Apart from the bad taste of campground water, it got me thinking about what else might be in the water we are filling our van up with.

The Clearsource Ultra is a three-stage water filter that reduces or removes rust, sediment, chlorine, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, viruses, heavy metals, and more. Our water tastes so much better and we don’t have to worry about what harmful chemicals we might be drinking.

You do need two hoses to install this filter, one that goes from the water hookup to the filter and another that goes from the filter to the van. We have these hoses that are made specifically for drinking water that are lead and BPA-free.

Clearsource RV water filter

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Fun & Entertainment Gifts for Van Life

Van lifers don’t need much to have a good time when they’re out on the road—but for those times that they do, here’s our curated list to help you gift right.

Sprinter Van camping with a bonfire, string lights, and camp chairs

MPOWERD Luci Solar String Light

Stringing up lights around your campsite is a great way to brighten up camp and create some ambiance around the van. These MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights provide versatile lighting options that are both practical and tranquil and best of all, they’re powered by the sun and can also be charged by USB. Wrap them around nearby trees, illuminate the inside of your van, or string them between vans (a great substitute for campfires when burn bans are in effect!).

MPOWERD Luci Solar String Light

Check price: MPOWERD | Backcountry | REI

LavaBox Portable Fire Pit

Having a portable fire pit that hooks up to propane is a great van life gift – especially for people who travel out West during summer when burn bans often mean months of no campfires. We recently discovered the Lavabox and it’s been an awesome, safe way to enjoy a fire in the evenings. This version also comes with a stand that turns into a grill, so stock up on your BBQ supplies!

*Use the code BEARFOOT at checkout to get 10% off*

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Binoculars

Binoculars are a fun gift for van lifers – it’s great to have a pair while hiking or hanging out at camp. We recommend the Nikon Trailblazer ATB Binoculars because they are compact, waterproof, and fog proof. In places like Yellowstone and Yosemite, binoculars are awesome for spotting wildlife from a safe distance or watching rock climbers.

Nikon Trailblazer ATB Binoculars

Check Price: REI | Amazon

>> Read Next: Best Hiking Binoculars

Manduka PRO Travel Yoga Mat

The van life yogi in your life will love the Manduka PRO Travel Yoga Mat. It’s made with certified OEKO-TEX materials, meaning that there are no harmful chemicals, and it’s 50% lighter than other Manduka mats making it perfect for rolling up and fitting in small spaces.

Manduka Pro Travel Yoga Mat

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iPad/Tablet Holder

Sometimes you just want to Netflix and Chill (even in a van). This flexible iPad/Tablet holder makes it incredibly easy to watch your favorite shows from anywhere in your van. We clamp this to one of our overhead cabinets and use it to hold our iPad to easily watch Netflix from bed.

It’s versatile and can be clamped to a variety of objects, and has a flexible arm so you can move the iPad to the right angle.

iPad Holder

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Bluetooth Projector

Having a projector is great for hosting van movie nights, using the side of your van as the screen. This Anker Nebula Capsule Mini Projector is about the size of a Coke can, has 360-degree sound, and connects wirelessly. There’s nothing quite like watching a movie with your fellow van friends next to a campfire under the stars!

Bluetooth projector for movies

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Kindle

Physical books take up a LOT of space in a van, so switching to a Kindle eReader is perfect for book lovers on the road – plus the Paperwhite version is waterproof! Books can be downloaded for offline use and the battery life lasts for weeks. You can also enjoy audiobooks by pairing Bluetooth headphones to switch seamlessly between reading and listening.

Kindle eReader

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Journal

A journal is always a nice thing to have whether at home or on the road. We love this Rite In The Rain waterproof journal which is perfect for tossing in your bag on your next van adventure. It even has a hardcover for extra protection!

Rite In The Rain Journal

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National Parks Passport

For many van lifers, visiting America’s 400+ National Park sites is a big goal when living on the road. If you’re the kind of person that likes to document your travels, the National Parks Passport is a great way to record your highlights of each park, historical site, national monument, and more.

National Parks Passport book

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>> Check Out Unique Gifts for National Park Lovers

How to Live in a Van and Travel Book

Is your van lifer new to van life? If so, the book How to Live in a Van and Travel is a great resource. Inside its pages, you’ll find entertaining narratives, inspirational stories, and helpful tips for making your dream van life a reality.

How to Live in a Van and Travel book cover

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>> Read next: 10 Best Van Life Books

Trash Grabber

Although this may not fall under “van life entertainment”, a Trash Grabber is still a great gift for van lifers. We use one for cleaning up trash left behind at campsites (one of the less glamorous parts of van life). It’s foldable so it can easily be stowed away in a drawer. With trash is becoming an increasing problem as more people are getting outdoors, we want to make sure we’re doing our part to keep public lands clean and open for all to enjoy.

Trash Grabber

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Pickleball Paddles

Pickleball is a blast and a fun way to get exercise on the road on the days you don’t feel like hiking. Courts are popping up all over the place, so we like to keep a set of paddles and a few balls in the van. They hardly take up any room compared to other outdoor and sports equipment and it’s also a great way to meet people on the road.

Pickleball Paddles

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Clothing & Apparel Gifts for Van Life

Our favorite van life clothing gifts are versatile, durable, comfortable, and can be worn multiple times between washes.

Kristen at the back of her Sprinter Van with the doors open wearing the lululemon Align Leggings and Swiftly Relaxed-Fit T-Shirt
Kristen wearing the lululemon Align Leggings and Swiftly Relaxed-Fit T-Shirt at 5 months pregnant

lululemon Align Leggings

A pair of comfy yet functional leggings is essential for any van lifer, camper, or traveler. I added the lululemon Align Leggings to my van life (and everyday) closet and love them. They’re buttery soft, stretchy, lightweight, flattering, and super comfortable. They’re also sweat-wicking and breathable making them the perfect fit for yoga, working out, or just lounging around.

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*If you’re not sure about size, a lululemon gift card is a great gift for van lifers and travelers as well.

lululemon Swiftly Relaxed-Fit Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Another item I recently added to my van life closet is this lululemon Swiftly Short Sleeve Relaxed Fit T-Shirt. It’s extremely comfortable (it’s seamless, so no chafing!) and it has a relaxed fit, which I prefer. It’s also made from synthetic materials, so it wicks sweat well and dries quickly. This is the perfect comfortable yet functional top for all your van life adventures.

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Vuori Halo Hoodie

Vuori makes some of the softest clothing I’ve ever tried and the Vuori Halo Hoodie is no exception. It’s super comfy for chilly days or cool summer nights and it comes in a lot of great colors. We also love that Vuori clothing is made with recycled materials.

Vuori Halo Hoodie

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lululemon Underwear

Made from a lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric these lululemon InvisiWear Underwear are a great addition to any van life wardrobe. They’re specifically designed for women on the move, so they don’t have any seams and they don’t slip and slide when you’re out hiking or exploring new places. These are my go-to no-show undies for hiking and everyday wear.

lululemon Invisiwear Hipster Underwear

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Selk’Bag Wearable Sleeping Bag

What could be cozier than a wearable sleeping bag? Nothing — which is why we love the Selk’Bag. Made of recycled materials, the Selk’Bag allows for total freedom of movement and even has pockets to stash your essentials. This is an especially good gift for van lifers who are sensitive to chilly weather or just want a cozy suit to snuggle up in around the campfire.

Selk'Bag one-piece sleeping bag you can wear

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REI Co-op Packing Cube Set

Packing cubes are a van life essential that allows for ultimate organization, more room in your van, and makes finding clothes much easier. REI expandable packing cube set has three different sizes to keep everything in the right place. Use one for tops, one for bottoms, and one for undies and such.

REI Packing Cubes

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REI Co-op Road Tripper Duffel

A duffel bag – in addition to the packing cubes above – is handy for storing clothes in the van. This REI Road Tripper Duffel comes in a variety of sizes, but I recommend the 60L for the most storage space. If you want a duffel bag that can double as a carry-on item, go for the 40L bag. I love that this duffel is lightweight yet durable and packs down to about the size of a Nalgene when not in use. It also comes in a fun print version too!

REI Road Tripper Duffel

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REI Camp Dreamer Booties

The REI Camp Dreamer Booties are a dream to walk around camp in (it feels like you’re walking on clouds). Made of eco-friendly recycled polyester, these cozy shoes can be worn outside due to their rubber sole, yet the puffy upper makes them feel like a super warm slipper – perfect for nights around the campfire and chilly mornings in the van!

There’s also a slip-on version available.

REI Co-Op Camp Dreamer Bootie

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Birkenstock Arizona EVA Sandal

While we love a classic Birkenstock sandal, they can get pretty beat up living on the road. The Birkenstock Arizona EVA Sandal is a vegan foam sandal option that is completely waterproof, made of odor-neutral materials, and can be easily washed. These are perfect for shower shoes or everyday camp sandals.

Birkenstock Arizona EVA Sanda

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Safety, Recovery & Navigation Gifts for Van Life

While not the most “fun” items on our list, these safety, recovery, and navigation gifts for van lifers are USEFUL and will be much appreciated.

Max Trax recovery boards strapped to the roof of Kristen’s Sprinter van

Max Trax Recovery Boards

Driving down dirt roads usually leads to the most beautiful places, but sometimes soft sand, loose dirt, or mud can cause you to get stuck. Having a way to self-recover is really important, especially if you’re miles and miles away from civilization (or don’t have cell service). Max Trax recovery boards assist you in getting unstuck, and are one of the most useful safety gifts you could give a van lifer! Note: these have a 7750 lb weight limit.

Max Trax Recovery Boards for vehicles

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Benchmark Road Atlas

Benchmark Road Atlases are my go-to paper maps and make a great gift for van lifers. They show recreation activities, have categorized listings, and also show public land ownership lines, and backroads, and differentiate between 2wd and 4wd roads. They’re super useful to have for each state you’ll be traveling in.

Benchmark Road Atlas for Utah

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Air Compressor

An air compressor is another essential item for van life safety and recovery. With the miles we put on our vehicles, tire pressure is something to monitor closely. Airing down your tires before driving on soft surfaces (like sand) helps you avoid getting stuck, however, you need a way to air back up your tires when you get back to pavement. A compact air compressor like this one is the way to go for ensuring you can always air up your tires.

Air compressor kit

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Hulkman Jump Starter

Waking up to a dead car battery is never fun, but when you’re out on National Forest land without another car in sight? That can be really scary. For peace of mind, we always carry a backup car battery jump starter – which requires no other vehicle for a jump! This compact device is about the size of a Nalgene and truly worth carrying in a van.

Hulkman Jump Starter kit for vehicles

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Garmin InReach Mini

The Garmin InReach Mini 2 is our pick for the best all-around van life safety. This is a two-way communication device that can be used even when you don’t have cell service. I carry this when I’m hiking and it’s always accessible in the van. Last winter, my boyfriend Ryan and I woke up to a dead car battery in below-freezing temperatures in Idaho – and we didn’t have cell service or a way to jump ourselves. Luckily, I was able to use my Garmin to text my Dad the details of where we were so he could call help for us.

Garmin inReach Mini 2 Satellite Communicator

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Birdie Alarm Keychain

While unwanted attention – or worse, an attack – is unlikely, it’s best to be prepared, especially for solo female van lifers. We recommend attaching a Birdie Alarm to your keychain in case of an emergency which sets off a loud siren and blinking lights to help deter an attack. This is a great gift for better peace of mind on the road.

Birdie alarm keychain

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>> Read Next: Solo Female Van Life Safety Tips

My Medic First Aid Kit

This all-in-one My Medic First Aid Kit is a great gift for van lifers. It’s compact enough to be tossed anywhere in the van, but includes all the first-aid essentials you need to keep on hand. The kit also includes a tearaway pouch that can be used as an additional mini first aid kit (perfect for hikes and day trips!). My Medic also offers refill packs so you can easily stock up on only what you need.

MyMedic First Aid Kit

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Folding Shovel

A folding shovel is something that gets more use in a van than you probably think. A shovel is great in case you get stuck and need to dig yourself out, and it’s also used to follow Leave No Trace guidelines for responsibly using the bathroom outdoors. This shovel also comes with a durable carrying case which helps keep the van clean and the foldable design means you can easily collapse it to take up less room in the van – which is always a perk!

Gerber folding shovel

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Membership & Experience Gifts for Van Life

These gifts are perfect if you are worried about getting something that will take up too much space or won’t get a lot of use. These are super common memberships that van lifers love, plus an idea for the van life enthusiast who doesn’t have a van yet!

A woman holding a phone with The Dyrt camping app pulled up in front of Sprinter van
Using The Dyrt Pro to find a campsite in California

The Dyrt Pro

The Dyrt is a really useful app for finding campsites (both paid and free), and a gift membership for The Dyrt Pro premium account is especially awesome for van lifers. Helpful Pro features include map layers showing Bureau of Land Management, National Forest, and National Park land, offline map access, discounts on campgrounds and gear, and more. Use this link to sign up your van life friend for The Dyrt Pro – they’ll get 30 days free and then you’ll be billed for a 1-year membership for them, a perfect gift for anyone looking for camping. Note: Use the code “Bearfoot” if signing up on mobile.

The Dyrt Pro app on phone


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>> Read our full review of The Dyrt Pro App

GoCamp Camper Van Rental

Don’t have a van yet and want to give #vanlife a spin? GoCamp is a peer-to-peer van rental platform with a fleet of top quality camper vans — everything from iconic Volkswagen Vanagons to newer Mercedes-Benz Sprinters and much more. Their campervans are road trip ready and located across the US. Book a trip for yourself or gift a trip to a loved one with a GoCamp Gift Card!

*Use the code GOBEARFOOT to get $50 off your rental*

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Interior photo of a camper van / A camper van rental is a great van life gift for those that don't have a van yet
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Harvest Hosts

A Harvest Hosts membership is the perfect gift for van lifers – it allows them to safely stay overnight at over 2,300 unique properties such as wineries, farms, breweries, museums, and more! Trade dispersed campsites and paid campgrounds for an unforgettable camping experience with host locations across the country. You can also add on Boondockers Welcome which adds access to 3000+ private properties across the US as well.

*Right now you can get 30% off the first year of your Harvest Host membership or gift by using our referral link and the code FRIENDS30*

Harvest Hosts logo

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AllTrails Pro

Give the gift of adventure with a subscription to AllTrails Pro. This app is essential for van lifers that enjoy hiking and is a great gift that will help your loved ones hit the trail with ease. The free version provides basic functions like searching for nearby trails and getting directions to the trailheads, but the Pro version has a lot of extra features, which are especially helpful when camping off-grid. For only $29.99/year, Pro members can download trails for use offline, get alerts if they stray off trail, keep family informed of their location, and track important details like air quality and weather.

AllTrails app pulled up on iPhone screen

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>> Read Next: 15 Must-Have Apps for Van Life

America The Beautiful Pass

This might be one of the most useful van life gifts on our list. An America the Beautiful National Parks Pass provides access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites throughout the country. It’s good for a year from the month of purchase and covers admission for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas. Most National Parks charge an entry fee of $20-$35 so gifting an America The Beautiful Pass is a huge money saver (and a great way to support our parks!)

REI also carries some regional park passes here.

America the Beautiful Park Pass

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Audible

Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time on long driving days and a gift subscription to Audible is the perfect gift for your book-loving van lifer. Audible has over 200,000 audiobooks, podcasts, guided wellness courses, and Original series — something for everyone!

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We hope this list of best gifts for van lifers helps simplify your shopping so you can get off your computer, out of the stores, and spend more time outside this holiday season.

Written by Bearfoot Theory

Bearfoot Theory is an outdoor blog on a mission to help you get outside more and empower you with a strong outdoor skillset so you're prepared for wherever your adventures take you. This article was written collaboratively by the Bearfoot Theory team.

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