Looking for some camping gift ideas or maybe a gift for an adventurer?
You've come to the right place! Welcome to my epic guide to the 30 best camping gifts!
As a life-long camper, hiker, adventurer and traveler, I've gotten my fair share of gifts from family and friends. And while it's the thought that counts, many of the adventure gifts or hiking gifts that I was given were outright useless.
So I decided to make this insider guide to the best camping gifts in 2018! With the help of this one of a kind guide, you'll be able to see the EXACT types of gifts that campers, adventurers, and travelers actually use and love.
This guide has brilliant gift ideas for all types of travelers, adventurers, and campers, and will help you find an awesome gift idea... and quickly!
Let's jump right into it.
#1 (Best of all gifts for adventurers)
Hand’s down, this is a must-have for any nomad, backpacker, hiker, adventurer or regular traveller. This is my favourite travel accessory and is vital for keeping my cash and Rizla papers safe when I am backpacking. I never travel without it.
There are a ton of money belts on the market, but many of them are poorly made and are complete rip offs. This is hands down the best money belt on the market.
Buy it for the adventurer in your life and they are sure to be pretty stoked that they have the perfect way to hide their emergency money.
#2 (Best gift for travelers)
This is a hat with a difference! Hikers, campers and adventurers all love the same thing - to travel! What better way to show off their travel chops than with a sweet world map hat?
Guaranteed to make you the life of the party, for reals, this hat is seriously cool… Visit the Active Roots site and pick yourself up a hat today!
Also, a percentage of all sales goes towards supporting the endangered Asian elephant in Laos 🙂
#3 (Best gift for hikers)
When it comes to safety, every camper should carry a torch in their arsenal (and a backup!) which is why it's one of the best gifts for hikers!
Petzl makes some of the best head torches in the business. It's got an awesome beam distance of up to 400m, the battery lasts up to 18 hours and it includes an easy to use push button, so even if you are wearing thick gloves, it will be easy to turn on and off.
If you're looking for camping gift inspiration - a headlamp is a solid choice and will help keep your beloved camper extra safe.
#4 (Best gift for campers)
This lightweight, waterproof, super compact pocket blanket is a must for all adventures. Doubling up as an emergency poncho, this picnic blanket is worth its weight in gold when chilling, or camping, on the beach.
I always travel with one and recently was camping out under the stars in Iran on this very blanket. It comes with a carabiner, a secret zipped pocket where you can hide stuff and pocket loops which you can weigh down using stones.
Worried your backpacker pal won't get enough nourishment on their trip? You've stumbled upon the perfect gift for camping adventures.
With the pocket rocket stove, they'll be able to cook up meals fast, irrespective of the climate around them. If you think a stove is a perfect gift for the climber in your life; check out this detailed comparison post on the best stoves to take on adventures.
Camping out means carrying limited, light food rations that don’t weigh you down as you hike through the day in search of a new campsite.
But sometimes, tinned tuna and spam on bread just don’t cut it. A tiny portable stove with the smallest amount of fuel can last you over 6 meals, and you can cook yourself a warm, filling meal before you hit the sack every night. A portable cookware set is also safer, as it reduces the chances of you starting a wildfire near your camp!
#7 Scratch Map
What’s cooler than a map? A scratch map is an ideal gift for backpackers who have just returned from their adventures and want to keep track of where they have been in the world... It can also do wonders for post travel blues.
Hammocks make an excellent gift for campers, travellers, hikers and outdoorsy folks who want to watch the stars and save some money on accommodation costs, whilst they drift off.
Hammocks are sexy, lightweight, fun to sleep in and offer you a ton of options for where to spend the night. There’s a lot of hammock options out there but if you don’t want to spend so much, I recommend getting a parachute hammock; they are super light, strong and durable.
One of the coolest camping gift ideas - these electronic candles are a total game changer.
When you’re camping out, enjoying a cheeky smoke beneath the stars or getting cosy with your camping buddy, these candles are awesome for setting up some ambience. They flicker convincingly, don’t blow out like normal candles and won’t set fire to your tent… They are also super cheap with a whole pack of 24 costing less than $10.
#10 - Hippy Dippy Yoga Pants
Slip into your adventure in style with these bohemian elephant pants, suitable for raves, yoga, chilling out on the beach and endless Instagram selfies. Best of all, a percentage of all sales goes towards supporting the endangered Asian elephant at the Laos conservation centre! 🙂
You remember that time you were crossing a stream and your foot landed in slush and slipped, landing you straight into aforementioned slush? Well, I do. And let me tell you this, it wasn’t pretty. Obviously, I got up and dusted (wiped?) myself off ready to keep going, but all I could think of that day was how great a hot shower would feel.
A portable shower may not guarantee you hot water, but at least you get the shower experience, which is why it's one of the best gifts for hikers and campers. It’s definitely one of the best camping gifts I’ve received to date. The Nemo shower is perfect for quick showers while camping out on the beach, after a long swim or surf session in the ocean and best of all it's super lightweight.
The Vange two person camping tent is a great camping gift for someone who has just started to explore the joys of the outdoors. The sabre two person is waterproof, with a water protection layer that is more waterproof than more popular tent brands.
The tent covers an area of 7 x 5 ft and is around 4 feet tall at the centre. As someone who has used this tent, I can tell you that it is well ventilated and comfortable.
Giving your friend a sleeping bag is great for camping out, but you know what would be even better? Changing your friend’s life with a camping gift that’ll give them one of the few things money can’t buy: a good night’s sleep.
Sleeping pads come in all sizes, and although the shapes are largely uniform, I’d recommend a compact pad like the Thermarest Prolite Plus. Check out this post for a detailed breakdown of the best sleeping pads on the market right now.
Whenever you are hitting the road, pack a microfibre towel for the journey. No matter if you are camping, hitching or partying hard, you should always have a super fast drying towel to keep you clean on the road. If you are looking for a gift for a hiker or traveler - this could take the gold.
The Active Roots microfibre travel towel is one of the best value towels around, comes in multiple funky colours and, best of all, a percentage of all profits made by Active Roots go back to noble causes such as supporting Luang Prabang’s elephant sanctuary.
As previously mentioned, A headlamp is one of the best camping gifts you can offer a friend. Not only are they compact and lightweight, they are also super useful when the sun goes down.
Upgrade your camping buddies headlamp and buy them a solar powered LED headlamp as a gift this Christmas. This is one of the coolest gift ideas for hikers.
One of the coolest gifts for adventurers - camping emergencies do happen! One of the most useful camping gifts you can give someone is an emergency survival pod kit.
The Campsnail Pod Kit comes with a 12 in 1 pocket survival card, a compass, needles, alcohol pads to sterilizes surfaces and wounds and a whole lot more. The best part? It's so compact, it weighs less than a 100 grams, and can be latched onto your backpack for easy access.
This is also a good gift for day hikers, who have a tendency to go underprepared on hikes.
No other camping gifts can make your friend feel quite ‘like a sir’ as when you give them a camping chair. They may seem like an odd, unwieldy object to gift and carry, but it’s the small luxuries that count.
When it comes to outdoor gift ideas, you’re giving your friend a chance to kick back and stretch after a long day of driving, riding or hiking. The Coleman camping chair also has a mesh backing that makes sure air flows through the chair and keeps things cool.
Admittedly this is not an ideal gift for die-hard hikers but more for folks who like to camp on the weekends or who are travelling in a campervan.
#18 - Portable Battery Charger
While we're out travelling, and sometimes even while camping, we're all likely to be stuck in a situation where we have time to kill and end up using our phones or devices until they are drained of all life.
This is where it's useful to carry a portable travel charger for the devices you use most often.
#19 - Marco Polo Notebook
This is one of the cooler camping presents ideas. I never hit the road without a notebook, or three, in my pack, and as a camper I can tell you that they are super useful.
When I'm camping out, I love to chill with my thoughts and write down any revelations that hit me! These funky notebooks from Marco Polo make for the perfect gift for the adventurer in your life!
One of the most unique camping gifts you can give someone is the power to get closer to colourful, chirping birds and the clear, starlit night skies at camp.
Binoculars may sound large and unwieldy but science has changed them plenty. There are now options that aren’t just lightweight, but also have magnifying capacities of up to 8X, making them great camping gifts.
Niceshop’s binocular offers you dual focus, with 100% optical glass to help you take in the world around you better at camp. This is definitely one of the better gifts for day hikers.
It may seem crazy to spend the time and energy to go camping far away just to still be connected to “the real world”, but sometimes you want to share a view from the most remote locations, or in an emergency, find your way back in the dark without relying on a compass and a map.
Enter the Garmin smart watch. The Garmin watch is a bit expensive as a camping gift, but is also extremely useful when it comes to tracking health and fitness, social networking and has tons of fun entertainment apps - something to keep them occupied on arduous train journeys and long haul flights!.
When you set up a camp, you probably prefer to set up by the side of a water source or river. While it's most likely that this water is good to drink being in the great outdoors and all, you may not always want to take the risk when you are on the move.
In an emergency situation or when you are away from the campsite, you’ll have to make do with any whatever water you find. Being debilitated by stomach pain (or worse a stomach upset) is the least ideal camping situation. So how do you make sure water is pure enough to drink?
Enter the Steripen Water Filter. The purifier can remove 99.9% of waterborne bacteria such as salmonella, cholera, and E.coli. The filter can purify up to 1500 litres of water, so you’re good to use it for a long time.
This solar powered power bank is one of the best camping gifts for hikers. Just strap one onto a backpack and let it catch the harsh rays of the sun while you trudge through the day sweating it out. Your reward? A fully charged power bank that can power your phone for days on end with a single charge.
#24 - One For The Ladies: Camping Travel Women Urinal Funnel
These travel 'urinals' may seem like an odd camping gifts to give to somebody, but in terms of how much confidence they will give your lady friend and how they empower her in the outdoors, this is definitely a winner. Also worth considering because of the laughter that'll ensue when the gift is opened. Make sure you're there for it!
#25 - The Amazon Kindle
The Amazon Kindle is one of the unique camping gifts you can give someone. It isn’t exclusively for camping, and you can also use it indoors, outdoors and on-the-go. Books become heavy and burdensome to carry on a camping trip. A kindle is light and is the perfect way to store multiple books for a long trip.
#26 - The Backpacker Bible
Nine years of travel tested tips, tricks and know-how! Everything your amigo needs to know to ditch their desk, hit the road and earn money as they travel around the world.
Actionable advice and steps on planning, finances, where to go, making friends, staying safe, picking up work and building an online income - this is the bible for long term travel. This is one of the highest recommended gifts for adventurers (assuming they like to read...).
The awesomeness of listening to your favourite tunes in the outdoors combined a soft lamp for the outdoors? Who wouldn't want one of those camping gifts? With less than 5% distortion, this is a great speaker to dance it out in the outdoors. The speaker has a 4400 mAh power bank and can last up to 8 hours on a single charge, making it one of the best camping gifts out there.
Another one of the coolest camping gift ideas - get your loved one an ultimate survival knife!
The Grizzly Bushcraft knife is sharp and efficient. The handles are strong and provide great grip. Whether you are cutting rope or fruit, your knife stays sharp. The knife also has a safety lock feature to prevent sudden closure that may hurt the user.
Overall, a great camping gift that never stops being useful and really stands the test of time.
This little speaker is powerful, lightweight, water resistant and inexpensive. Amazing for sharing tunes with new friends from around the world, while making sure you aren't giving anyone nearby a sleepless night!
#30 - World Nomad's Insurance
When your friend hits the road on travels, one of the most useful ways to plan the trip involves backpacker insurance. Even the most avid backpacker has had to use travel insurance at least one time. You never know when sudden mishaps occur. In my case, a wisdom tooth my dentist had warned me to watch out for made a grand, painful entrance and had to be taken out.
I recommend World Nomads Travel Insurance they hands down have the best support and if you do need to claim they will help you get it sorted quickly. This is a different, but possibly most important, of all of the adventure gift ideas.
Final thoughts on gifts for adventurers
So there you have it. The ultimate mix of camping gifts — from basic survival necessities to campsite luxuries and even a few for entertainment on camping adventures. I hope I've inspired you with this list of gifts for campers and if you think I've left something awesome off the list, let me know in the comments!
Don’t forget to throw in some smores with your camping gift so your friend can toast ‘em over a bonfire!
Need More Inspiration?
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