We’ve thought long and hard about our favorite 2019 camping gift ideas. We love family camping and have tons of gear. We’re bringing you some of our favorites from this year’s camping road trip that will make the perfect gift for the happy camper on your list!
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Gift Ideas for Campers
Hydro Flask – We love our Hydro Flasks, and our kids love decorating theirs with stickers from our National Park stops. Perfect for your camping gift ideas!
Solo Stove Campfire – We love our Solo Bonfire; it burns hot and nearly smokeless, and leaves almost no ash. This smaller version is perfect for camping as it can burn with twigs, leaves, pinecones, and wood. It will boil water in 2-4 minutes and weights only 2.2 lbs.
High Performance LED Flashlight – There’s something about the feel of a good, quality flashlight. I love that this as 1800 lumens and can light up the night and still fit in my pocket.
Self Inflating Sleeping Pad – We’re tent campers, and these lightweight pads are our go-to. We love that they snap together so they don’t move around the tent.
Zip-Together Sleeping Bags – We like to snuggle when camping, and two of these bags will zip together to form a queen size giant sleeping bag, so give it as a pair!
Fire Starter – Though we usually just use matches, having a fire starter is great for emergencies and is a fun skill to teach your kids on campouts.
Coleman Classic Propane Stove – There’s a reason this stove has been a camp cooking staple for families for years. It’s easy to use, performs well, is inexpensive, and will last forever. We keep this in our car camping food box as a basic necessity.
Cast Iron Skillet – A camping essential and a great gift. The 10″ version is good for the Coleman camp stove above.
Coleman Xtreme Cooler – We used this cooler on our 31-day road trip across 21 National Parks. It kept our food cold for days and is narrow enough to fit between seats in our SUV. This is the best road trip cooler.
Gift for Hikers
Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System – When we hiked Half Dome as a family, we wanted to be able to refill our water out of the Merced River, so we took a couple of these lightweight filters. They come with a reusable squeeze pouch and drinking straw, and can screw onto standard disposable water bottles.
LED Keychain Light – This small little guy costs less than $10, is lightweight, and packs a pretty bright beam for a keychain light. Perfect stocking stuffer.
Adjustable Trekking Poles – Trekking poles are a must for our downhill hikes; they save Mandy’s knees and the kids love using them too. These budget poles won’t break your bank and have survived many hikes with our crew.
Hydration Backpack – We own several of these backpacks and they fit both the kids and adults in our family. They have a 2-Liter water bladder and still have enough room for other hiking essentials.
Columbia Convertible Pants – Yep, I love these pants, and happily put up with the dad jokes that inevitably roll off my kids’ tongues everytime I stop to unzip the legs. I probably doesn’t help that I have to exclaim “Autobots, transform!”. These are the best, and once you have them you’ll start to notice them on every other cool dad on the trail. Even Mandy had to get a pair.
Merino Wool Hiking Socks – When we hiked the Narrows, I wanted some nice wool socks to keep the heat even when wet, and these socks were perfect. They are also great for regular (dry) hiking.
Merrell Water Hiking Shoes – In my opinion, these are the best shoes for hiking the Narrows. They have great grip, are lightweight, drain water easily, and are comfortable with or without socks. I paired them with the Merino Wool Hiking Socks above and was a happy hiker.
Fleece Jacket – A lightweight, cozy, soft fleece is a must. My Columbia has been through years of outings with me.
Camping Gift Ideas for Children
Walkie Talkies – Kids love the adventure of camping out, and these walkie talkies are perfect for adding to the fun!
National Park Illustrated Book – This book is the perfect companion to epic camping storytelling. We love the artwork of each park!
LED Headlamp – Not only is this headlamp bright and super useful, but our kids love being able to wear it and have light at their fingertips.
Thanks for checking out our 2019 Camping Gift Ideas! We have loved hiking and camping across the U.S. National Parks! You an read about our family hike up Half Dome or our 31-day road trip to get ideas for your next family adventure!
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