Today is Thanksgiving...Time for me to start thinking about shopping!
Traditionally, I always did most of my gift shopping on Christmas Eve. I always said I'd start earlier next year, but never did. However, now that I do it mostly online, Black Friday has become my motivation to try and get it done early. So, the time is here!
Since moving to Tennessee two years ago, we got busy working on our home and our camper hasn't gotten used much. We finally got out a few times this fall, got excited again, and are looking forward to working camping back in to our lives next year.
Now that camping is on my mind more once again, I know I'll get sidetracked looking at stuff for camping when I do my shopping. If you've been following me for a long time, you'll likely recognize the three products in this article. In fact, I wrote this original article a few years ago, but decided it was still worthwhile, especially for any camping "newbies". Honestly though, after many years of using them, these are still a few of my favorite camping accessories and things I think can make great holiday gifts for someone who enjoys camping.
A few ideas for Holiday Gifts for someone that camps?
Yes, it's that time of year. The time many people still fight the crowds and find the sales. But if you're like me, you probably consider that the old way, and might just do most of your shopping online. In other words, you may just spend too much time browsing Amazon!
So here are a few of my favorite holiday gift ideas for you. These are three items I really love that you may have not thought about. Fay likes the first and second items too. (But in all honesty, she doesn't understand my why I like the third one so much)!
Single Burner Camp Stove
The first of my holiday gift ideas is one of my all time favorite products to use when we are out camping. This is a single burner propane stove. Not only does it get really hot, it also doesn't take up much room to store. Things heat up much quicker than with our main camp stove. In addition, it's quick and easy to setup. You simply twist it on the top of a propane bottle. To use it, you turn the nob, light it, and you're ready to cook.
I start each day with our single burner stove. Along with the coffee maker that follows, it's what gets me going each morning. Besides using it to make my coffee, it's also handy as an extra burner when cooking a meal.
Stove Top Coffee PercolatorI just love to percolate coffee first thing in the morning when we are camping. I think it's because there's just something about smelling the aroma in the air while it brews. In addition, I really like watching the bubbles in the glass bulb on top. When they start coming up brown, I know it's about ready. This stove top coffee percolator looks just like an old-fashioned one. In other words, it reminds of the one my mom had when I was little. Watching it while out camping takes me back to simpler times. To use it, I simply put water in the bottom, coffee in the basket that sits above the water, close the top, and set it on the single burner stove above.
Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer
When you pull a travel trailer, you need to keep an eye on your wheel bearing temperatures. If you don't, you could be in for trouble. A hot one is a sign there's a problem and it's close to failing. (See more details in the Towing section of my free Beginner's Guide to Small Travel Trailers.)
While this is a rare problem if you service your bearings regularly, it's not something to ignore. Unfortunately, it can leave you stranded if it happens.
The most common way to check the bearings is to put your hand on each wheel hub to see if it's real hot. While this works fine, it will get your hand dirty. Not to mention that you may also burn you hand if you have a problem!
This digital laser thermometer is a much better solution. Simply aim the laser gun at your wheel hub and pull the trigger. The red laser beam will show up wherever you aim it. The digital readout gives you an immediate indication of the temperature. Best of all, you will have no dirty hands. I use ours at every stop to make sure we don't have any problems.
As a bonus, this is also just a cool gadget. I find all kinds of things to point it at...just because I can!
Denny JohnsonAfter having spent most of our adult life in Orlando, my wife Fay and I moved to Knoxville, TN in 2020. We are loving the change of seasons and being near the mountains. Plus, this part of the country is loaded with great places to camp.
We camped years ago with a pop-up camper, but got serious about it when we purchased our Casita in 2014. There was a lot to learn as we started traveling with it, and a lot of conflicting opinions on line. That's when I decided that creating a website would be a good retirement project. I started tinyTowable.com to share things we've learned along the way that have worked well for us in hopes that the information would be of help to others.
However, since moving to Tennessee, I've gotten involved with new hobbies (you can check some out on my personal website at https://www.softrite.com) and we haven't camped very much. So, at the end of 2023, I made the tough decision to stop updating this website.