RV GIFT GUIDE: IDEAS FOR THE RVER IN YOUR LIFE

Every year I say this, but I can’t believe the holidays are almost here again. Didn’t we just take down last year’s decorations?

 

It’s taken me my whole life, but I’m happy to say I’ve pretty much gotten the whole holiday thing down. The decorations, the get-togethers, NOT gaining that extra 10 pounds…all of that no problem. The only part of the holidays that remains a challenge for me is figuring out the perfect gifts for loved ones.

 

Which brings me to this list. I’ve compiled this list of gift suggestions in hopes that helping you will kick a little karma my way and in turn will make my shopping easier this year, too.

 

 

I’m guessing many of you found your way here because you’re simply looking for a gift for an RVer you know and might not be RVers yourselves. With that in mind, I wrote up my thoughts on why each item makes a good gift for my fellow RV-loving nuts.

 

Also, if you’re an RVer and are looking for a shopping guide for RV necessities instead of gifts, come swing by our extensive list of products for RVers over on The Fit RV website HERE.

 

On the list below, I’ve provided Amazon-affiliate links that’ll take you directly to the products priced from lowest to highest. Just click the title and off you go.

 

With that, let’s go shopping!

Campground Ledger: A Logbook for RVers

Price: $9.95

http://amzn.to/2xM75Jm

 

This campground record book is a great way for any RVer to remember the campgrounds they’ve visited. It’s a logbook with every page the same, ready for the RVer to jot down notes on their campsite experiences. You can tell the author is an RVer herself, because the points of information she included in her checklist are things that are valuable to RVers…like levelness of spot, unbearable insects, cell-reception, etc. My favorite item in her checklist is the one for future choice site numbers. RVers tend to either book a site online and unseen, or they roll to a campground and have to pick the leftovers. So, I always find myself scouting the best sites and trying to remember them, which I never do. Now with this book, I’ll always know the best sites when we return!

Portable Tool Box

Price: $12.70

http://amzn.to/2yrOi85

 

While you always HOPE each RV trip will go off without a hitch, it’s best to be prepared. A toolbox makes a great gift, especially for a newer RVer who might not have had time to prepare a portable toolkit yet.  The best toolbox to gift is going to be small and portable, but functional and heavy duty enough to carry essentials without issue. If you’d also like to buy some RV-essential tools to go in your toolbox gift, swing by The Fit RV website HERE, and see our recommended list of tools for RVers.

Travel Book: 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die

Price: $14.68

http://amzn.to/2ytxspu

 

This book is a fun resource for anyone who loves to travel. The saying goes: “So many places, so little time.” Thanks to this book, RVers can find inspiration on where to point the rig next. The book suggests restaurants, beaches, museums, sports and adventures, road trips, and more. There’s also an index that breaks out the best destinations for families with children. And since it comes in paperback, it easily stows in the RV and makes a handy reference when out on the road.

Protective Wine Bottle Carriers

Price: $14.99

http://amzn.to/2kWzBHc

 

To an RVer who enjoys wine and RVing to wineries, this simple and useful gift is going to make their day. Wine bottles are a tricky thing to store in the RV, and when traveling, they’re vulnerable to tipping or breaking. These insulated carriers protect the bottles, and also keep them from rattling and making noise while driving, which is what happens with traditional wine racks in the RV. And if you REALLY love your RVer friend, you can even fill the sleeves with their favorite wines! Me personally, I’m a sucker for a good Chianti (just hint sayin’ hint).

No-Power-Needed Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Brewer

Price: $19.99

http://amzn.to/2yvr42I

 

If you’re not an RVer yourself, you may not be aware that regular household AC electricity isn’t always available in the RV. For those outlets to work, most RVers have to turn on their generators (which are loud and intrusive to neighbors) or be plugged in to shore power. For RVers like us, we prefer to RV more remotely, where plugging in isn’t an option. This clever little K-cup contraption is a great way for RVers to get a cup of coffee without being dependent on electricity. An added bonus, you can use it outside at your picnic table, too, unlike electric coffee-makers. You do need hot water, but that’s easy enough to boil in a kettle on top of the propane cooktop found in many RV kitchens. With this coffee brewer, you simply put your K-cup in, put the plastic tube over it, pour in your hot water, press, and voila! You’ve got a piping hot cup of coffee to jump-start your day’s adventures.

Portable Camping Hammock

Price: $19.99

http://amzn.to/2yvyYt2

 

Portable hammocks can be great fun on RV trips, and make an excellent gift for RVers who enjoy the outdoors. Since they pack down into a tiny bag, they’re easy to transport in the RV and don’t take up much space. They’re surprisingly sturdy and attach to trees in minutes. If you’re buying these for a couple, they can use them for campsite snuggle-time. Or comedy-hour, which is usually how it goes when James and I get in the hammock…

Color-Changing Inflatable Solar Luci Light

Price: $24.93

http://amzn.to/2hMM7nM

 

Luci lights are totally waterproof inflatable solar lights that pack down flat and only take one large breath to fill. They make any campsite fun and festive. You can either hang them, set them on your picnic table, or even float them in water. They’re virtually weightless and take no batteries. You get 8 color options, or you can set them to cycle through all the colors. Just place it in direct sunlight for 7 hours, and you’ll get 6 hours of light out of it. Even better, Luci sends their lamps to people without electricity in developing countries, which makes a purchase from this company something to feel good about.

Resistance Bands Gift Set

Price: $29.95

http://amzn.to/2kVzBHn

 

If you’d like to encourage the RVer in your life to lead a healthy RV lifestyle, here’s the perfect gift. Resistance bands sets come in their own special bag with everything you need, including a book with exercise suggestions. They’re light and compact, and travel well in the RV. This is the same brand we travel with (Bodylastics) and the same bands I use with my personal training clients. Bodylastics bands have a safety cord that runs inside them, so if they were to snap (though mine never have), you’ll still be safe. Getting exercise on the road can be challenging, but having  resistance bands in the rig makes it much easier to keep exercise a priority on the road.

USB-Powered Essential Oil Diffuser http://amzn.to/2xOjLVd and Peppermint Essential Oil http://amzn.to/2hMSt6E

Price (combined for both): $30.97

 

With close quarters in the RV, smells get compounded. Diffusers are a healthy way to add a pleasant scent to the air, and can set a nice mood. And while you can choose any essential oil to gift with this diffuser, I recommend peppermint. Even though peppermint oil has about a billion uses and benefits, there are three main reasons why it’s great for RVers. First, peppermint oil is a natural energizer. The scent of peppermint oil during a long day of driving is great for keeping you alert and clear-headed. Second, peppermint oil can be an effective mouse deterrent. Mice don’t like the smell. So if your RV smells pepperminty, perhaps they’ll go bother someone else. And third, it’s a natural bug repellant! Bugs can make or break an RV trip. Just like with the mice, bugs are less likely to want in your peppermint-scented RV. Plus, a little peppermint oil dabbed around the body when you’re hanging outside at the RV park is a much healthier alternative to using commercial mosquito repellants.

Sand-Free Outdoor Mat

Price: $40

http://amzn.to/2zh50Gu

 

For RVers that like things clean, this mat would make an excellent gift. The mat, meant to be set up outside the RV door, allows small dirt particles and sand to fall through the weave, so you’re left with a clean surface and you’ll track less inside the RV. This won’t surprise anyone who knows James (and his sandphobic ways)…we have two.

Meori Collapsible Storage Box

http://amzn.to/2yy6tuq

Price: $42.00

 

This box is quite useful in the RV lifestyle. First off, when we RVers load up our rigs for a road trip, we don’t travel with our clothes in suitcases or our groceries stowed in bags. Everything gets put away in cabinets, or the fridge, just like you do at home. This outdoor box is perfect for carrying items between the house and the RV. And since it takes very little space when it’s folded down, the Meori box comes in handy during RV trips, too…like carrying dishes, utensils, and food over to the neighbors’ campsite for a potluck, or perhaps hauling your towels and shower accessories to the showerhouse, or even setting it up outside on the picnic table as a place to stash all your outdoor camping supplies. The possibilities are endless, and ours gets used on every trip.

Harvest Hosts One-Year Membership

Price: $44.00

https://harvesthosts.com/

 

Harvest Hosts is a fantastic program for RVers that allows members to park their RVs overnight for free at affiliated wineries, farms, and museums across the country. The Harvest Hosts website is very easy to use and allows members to search any area for affiliated hosts. There are reviews and pictures for each of the hosts, which is handy when deciding which host to visit. Once you’ve located a place you’d like to stay, you simply make a phone call to the location, let them know which day you’ll be coming, and find out if they have availability. Even though there is a 1-night limit at each host location and there are no hook-ups available, we very much enjoy our membership and have stayed in some beautiful locations that otherwise wouldn’t have been available to us.

Cauldryn Fyre Battery-Operated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

http://www.cauldryn.com/

Price: $69.99

 

Since the Cauldryn was just released this month, it’s most likely your RVer doesn’t already have it! The Cauldryn is a water bottle that can heat water right in the bottle, giving it loads of possibilities for use. Beyond coffee, you could also use it to boil water to cook, make soup, tea, sterilize water, anything where you need hot water!  The heating element attaches to the bottle and has four different heat settings—Hot, Extra Hot, Brew, and Boil, allowing the contents to reach up to 212 degrees F. It can either run from battery or directly from an AC power source using the included AC base. For the outdoorsy-type RVer who has everything, this could make an excellent gift.

So there you have it!

Hopefully you found some inspiration on the gifts I suggested and spotted something that looks perfect for your RVer. If not, feel free to peruse our extensive RV necessities product guide over on the FitRV website. No matter what you end up buying, here’s to hoping your holidays this year, and your holiday RV adventures, are absolutely incredible!

Seasons greetings from our RV to yours,

Stefany and James Adinaro…and our Adventure Cat Mel

TIME TO TALK RVING IN THE OFF-SEASON

It’s Fall! Time to talk RVing Off-Season and Off the Beaten Path.

If you have an RV, it’s pretty much a given you’re going to bust it out in the summer. After all, summer is synonymous with vacation time, don’t you agree?! The sun is shining, the roads are packed with RVs, and the campgrounds are buzzing with activity. Once the weather cools down though, many RVers tuck their rigs away for the winter. But here’s a little secret for all you fair-weather RVers… Off-season RVing can be the best time to hit the road!

Before you put away your rig for the winter, James and I hope you’ll join us as we host Go RVing’s upcoming Twitter party. We’re going to talk about the joys of off-season RVing, and just as exciting, we’re going to talk about RVing off the beaten path. We love finding places so remote that we feel like we have the world all to ourselves. So, this is going to be an extra fun Twitter party for us and very much a topic we can speak to!

And Even Better…You Can Win Prizes!!!

There will be two prize packs given out over the course of the hour. Each prize pack will include a $25 gift card AND some cool Go RVing swag…just for partying with us! (Prizing is open to U.S. residents only, sorry!)

“OK I’m In! But What is a Twitter Party?”

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter party before, it’s really simple. Imagine sitting around a campfire chatting with a group of friends, only it’s a cyber-campfire, so less pressure!

You’ll log in to your Twitter account at the designated party time. Make sure you’ve already “followed” our Twitter page @TheFitRV as well as @GoRVing. We’ll be tweeting open-ended questions throughout the hour that always begin with “Q1, Q2, Q3… etc.”, and you respond with your own thoughts and suggestions by starting your tweet with “A1, A2, A3…etc.” Plus, you’ll always include the hashtag #GoRVing in your post…that’s super important since it’s the only way we can see your responses.

So let’s try an example. Let’s say you see a tweet come in from me that says this:

The Fit RV @TheFitRV   .2s

Q1 If you could take a road trip anywhere in North America where would you go and what would you do? #GoRVing”

You would respond by starting your own tweet; no need to hit reply, and answer like this:

“A1 I would go visit my sister who lives cross-country and I haven’t seen in years! We’d go kayaking! #GoRVing”

Along those lines. Two key things to notice: first, how you’ll start your tweet with A1, so we know your answer goes with my Q1. I’ll be posting around 10 different Q’s throughout the hour, so adding the A1 is important. The other key to successful partying is including the hashtag. Our hashtag for this party is #GoRVing. All party posts will always include this hashtag. That way, you can easily search the hashtag up in the Twitter search bar (then choose the “Latest” tab) and you’ll be able to see everyone’s responses, not just the hosts’. And don’t be shy about replying to other partiers! You don’t have to talk to only your hosts, feel free to chat and reply to anyone in the party!

The two prize packs are awarded at random, but here’s a key tip: Consider each of your “A1, A2, etc” tweets as well as your replies to other partiers as an entry for the prizes. So the more you interact, the better your chances of winning a prize!

“Sounds Great! How Do I Join?”

To participate and be eligible for prizes, just follow these steps:

  1. Follow The Fit RV and Go RVing on Twitter.
  2. RSVP in the comments below by entering your Twitter handle.
  3. Show up for the party on Thursday, October 19 at 9pm EST, which will be hosted on @TheFitRV homepage. Remember to “refresh” frequently during the party so you won’t miss any of the “Q”s!
  4. Respond to our topics by starting your own tweet with “A1, A2, etc” (and also reply to other partiers’ responses) always making sure to use the #GoRVing hashtag in each tweet or reply.
  5. Pay attention to our announcements of winners throughout the hour! If your name comes up, we’ll have you message the Prize Patrol to arrange to collect your prizes.

It’s as easy as that. Can’t wait to chat with you all at the party! See you there!

4 EXERCISES TO REVITALIZE AFTER A LONG DAY OF DRIVING

If you feel like you’re tapped out of energy and your brain is mush after a long drive, join the club. I’m most definitely a member of THAT club, albeit unwillingly.

 

“Must-somehow-get-out-of-this-chair…”

 

Post-drive drowsiness is a real thing RVers have to deal with. We can blame our human physiology. Sitting for long periods slows circulation, which our body misinterprets as us attempting to fall asleep. It tries to help…by making us sleepy. Even though it’s probably the last thing you feel like doing at the end of a drive, exercise is a great way to wake back up and get your body functioning as it should be.

 

Here are 4 fantastic energy-producing exercises to try after your next road trip. Each one counteracts the joint compression that occurs from the sitting position, and will give you a caffeine-like boost to make you more alert. You’ll be able to tackle those hook-ups, set up your camp, AND get the campfire going like a champ.

 

FORWARD-LUNGE KICKWALK:

Begin with your left leg lunged forwards and your hands behind your head. Smoothly shift your weight onto the left leg as you lift your right leg and kick it forward before placing it down in a right-leg forward lunge. Continue to repeat taking alternating lunge steps forward, and kicking your leg before setting it down. Do 12 steps. Do this exercise slowly.

 

TABLE PLANKED KNEE CRUNCHES:

Place your hands on the table top and step your feet away so that your body is planked diagonally. Lift your left knee and lower your head as if trying to get your knee and nose to meet. Draw your belly button back towards your spine and allow your spine to round. Then, extend your left leg back and up without touching it down and lift your head so that your face is slightly angled up to the sky. Do 12, and then repeat on your right side.

 

 

CLAPPING WALL PUSHUPS:

Place your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width and step your feet back as far as you feel comfortable so you’re in a diagonal plank. Spread your fingers and turn them slightly in. Perform a pushup making sure your hips stay aligned with the rest of your body, your elbows come out to the sides, and your heels rise off the ground. Next, forcefully push yourself away from the wall until you’re standing with control and clap once. Repeat 12 times.

 

SIDE-LUNGE JACKS:

Stand with good upright posture, feet together, arms straight out so you’re making a “T”. Lunge sideways to the right, and bring your left hand to your right leg (advanced, touch your ankle; beginner, don’t lunge as deeply, just touch your inner thigh). Make sure on the lunge, you turn your toe out at a diagonal and ensure your knee follows the same pathway as the toe.  You want your non-lunging leg to remain straight. Step your feet back together, and now repeat the move on the left side, so that you are alternating sides each lunge. Repeat the move 12 times (once to the right and once to the left equals one repetition).

 

 

THAT’s all there is to it! And really, you don’t have to wait until the drive’s over to do these exercises. Try them throughout your drive each time you stop! The more you move throughout a long day of driving, the less extreme the post-drive fatigue will be. And who wants to be tired when you’re on an RV adventure!!!

Happy and healthy travels, all!

 

Trainer Stef from The Fit RV

OUR RV, OUR ADVENTURE BASE CAMP

Our RV, which we call “Lance,” is small.

Some of our family and friends don’t get it. When they learn we could have bought an RV 3 times as big for the same price, we get asked, “are you crazy??!!

But honestly, we prefer the simplicity of a small motorhome. It’s small enough that we’ve been forced to get rid of everything unnecessary and just travel with the basics. That alone is a pretty liberating feeling.

Besides, we didn’t get an RV to get IN there, we got an RV to get OUT there. We’re hikers and bikers and winter adventure lovers, so Lance is a convenient basecamp for all our outdoor pursuits.  Some of those places are pretty remote, and an RV any bigger than a campervan can’t always make the trek.

Here’s a look at three of our recent outdoor activities where Lance became the perfect adventure basecamp.

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COME BACK FITTER

Hello from The Fit RV Headquarters! James and I just got home from a whirlwind RV trip in the fantastic stat of Arizona.

The trip went off without a hitch, I’m happy to report. We finally got to bust out our bikes OUTSIDE! It’s been a long snowy winter in Utah, which meant the only biking we were getting was on the spin bike in our basement. Not nearly as fun as the real thing. So, the warm Arizona sun was a welcomed break. It felt great to temporarily shed my parka and pull on a pair of shorts.

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