After five years of full-time travel, we’ve selected 10 of our favorite items and unforgettable experiences to consider this holiday season. From practical gear to unforgettable moments, each item on this list is something we’ve loved and used over the past several years. We hope you find something for the avid RVer or adventurous traveler in your life!
EXPERIENCES & TRAVEL PLANNING
After visiting dozens of National Parks this year, we can honestly say this is a gift that keeps on giving and pays for itself after two trips! If you or someone you know is planning on visiting at least two or more National Parks, the America the Beautiful pass is certainly the best bang for your buck. It covers admission for the passholder and all those in their vehicle. For $80, the pass is valid for one year and grants admission at more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. By comparison, most National Parks charge up to $35 for one week of admission.
In addition to the America the Beautiful Pass, there are several other tiers to choose from ranging from Military Passes to Accessibility Passes, so make sure you are choosing the best fit.
CURRENT OFFER: Save on every visit
Annual passes ($80, includes admission for everyone in a single vehicle) to our National Parks are a great deal over paying the entrance fees (which average $35 a week!). Have one delivered to you or pickup at a local store for no extra cost via REI and start your adventure!
This next gift idea fits perfectly into the National Parks (or dozens of other locations across the U.S.). If you’ve watched any of our videos, then you probably know we LOVE audio guides. It’s like having a tour guide in your car. Guide Along is our favorite for both the amount of information and the wit of the host. Plus, it works like magic! All commentary plays automatically as you drive, based on your gps location. There have been dozens of times Guide Along highlighted an important point of interest that we otherwise wouldn’t have known about. We’ve used Guide Along from coast to coast in places like Yellowstone, Shenandoah, Glacier National Park and even Hawaii! They also have bundles you can purchase for a certain area or road trip such as the Utah Mighty Five which covers all of the state’s National Parks.
Lectric Ebikes have been a staple in the Newstate ‘household’ for several years! We’ve owned the 2.0s and most recently the 3.0s, which can carry two people at once. From utilizing Lectric Ebikes as a secondary mode of transportation when we didn’t have a tow vehicle, to exploring the Grand Canyon, they are so versatile! They have a range of options from lighter bikes to foldable (great for RV life) and even a brand new off-road version.
You can save big with their Black Friday deal right now which scores you $100 off + up to $450 in free accessories!
CURRENT OFFER: $100 OFF + $450 Included Accessories
This is a great time to pick up a Lectric Ebike. The Black Friday offer currently gives you $100 OFF your purchase AND includes $450 in accessories for your new bike.
Know someone who is planning a trip to Alaska in 2024? Let us help out! We’ve traveled to Alaska by RV twice both in 2019 and 2021. Our detailed Alaska Planning Guide features over 150 locations and helps with topics like Canadian border crossing information, necessary paperwork, internet connectivity to determining a safe and enjoyable route. Plus, all the fun things you should see and do once you’re there and where to stay! This is a 60 page downloadable PDF + an interactive map with over 150 points of interest.
If you’ve spent time inside an RV, you probably noticed how noisy the A/C unit can be!
Well, one of our favorite RV products fixes that problem by reducing the noise of ducted RV air conditioners! Sounds kinda Wacko? The patented RV A/C Silencer by WackO Products (he really did name the company after people telling him the idea was Wacko, haha) replaces the grates, filter and hardware on the ceiling of your RV A/C and attaches with simple screws to existing holes in the mounting plate. Without drilling, you gain a sound baffling system for the air intake, with an improved electrostatic air filter, too. We love this product so much, we installed them on both our Winnebago Navion & Vista NPF. It’s also a relatively easy DIY project that can be done in about 30 minutes or you could have a dealer or service center do the work.
6. Power Watchdog
Meet the Hughes Power Watchdog, the multitasking hero for RV lovers! Picture this: you plug it in at the campground, and it’s not just a Surge Protector – oh no, it’s like your power guardian angel. It takes a mere four seconds to check everything’s A-okay before juicing up your RV. This smart gadget keeps a watchful eye on the power scene, protecting you from low voltage, high voltage, wonky wiring, and more. If it senses trouble, no sweat. The built-in Emergency Power Off (EPO) kicks in, cutting off the power flow to your RV until things are back on track. But here’s where it gets really nifty – they threw in Bluetooth magic and a handy app. Yep, you can now chill inside your RV and keep tabs on your power status. It now plays nice with the RV Whisper system, too. Now you can check your RV’s electricity status from literally anywhere – not just when you’re close enough to high-five your Bluetooth. Whether you’re into plug-and-play or want to make it a permanent RV buddy, the Hughes Power Watchdog has you covered!
This might have been the first (or definitely in our initial order of RV accessories) item we purchased when hitting the road full-time back in 2018. LevelmatePro, you make it SO EASY to get the RV level! A combination of a proprietary piece of hardware compatible with all types of motorhomes, travel trailers and 5th wheels (that installs with two screws) and a dead-simple app for your phone, you can get this setup in about 5 minutes. In summary of the process, after you have manually leveled the RV as close as possible to level, you find any flat surface in the RV (we hid ours inside the pantry), facing in any direction, attach it permanently to the surface with two screws, install the small watch battery, and then fire up the app. The app will find your LevelmatePro and walk you through the initial setup (which includes entering the length, width, distance between your axles, etc).
Set the level once, and from now on you just fire up the app on your phone to see exactly how to return to that position. A quick tip; when able to pick our own site or out boondocking in the wilderness, we will open the app to get real-time info about how level a particular spot is to speed up the setup process. Sometimes just pulling forward or backing up a small amount can make a big difference with leveling your RV!
CURRENT OFFER: 26% OFF + $10 Coupon
This is a great time to pick one up. The LevelMatePRO is 26% OFF and there’s ALSO a $10 OFF coupon on the Amazon listing page.
In the nearly two years since our switch to Enduro Power lithium batteries, our camping experience has undergone a revolutionary transformation. These batteries have proven to be a game-changer, especially with the 12V compressor refrigerators that are now standard in most RVs. Worries about running out of power in the middle of the night, during travel days, or on the occasional cloudy day are now a thing of the past.
The benefits are aplenty – zero maintenance, built-in protection for low temperatures (meaning you can use them in freezing conditions without the risk of charging damage), and a robust 10-year warranty that provides unparalleled peace of mind. But wait, there’s more!
These batteries are not only lightweight but also boast a longer lifespan compared to traditional lead-acid batteries, contributing to reduced weight and extended energy storage. With their quick charging capabilities, you spend less time waiting around and more time enjoying your adventures. Always delivering exceptional value, Enduro Power is currently running a special sale with an EXTRA 15% OFF on their batteries, coupled with free shipping from November 18th to 27th. Upgrade your RV power setup, experience worry-free travels, and embrace the multitude of benefits that Enduro Power lithium batteries bring to your camping lifestyle!
9. Cross-body Sling Backpack
One of our most asked questions on our videos is about the crossbody sling backpack that I am always wearing when we’re out exploring! This is one of my favorite Amazon finds ever! I bought my first sling backpack before our Hawaii trip in 2022 for an upcoming hike along the Napali Coast. It can hold two water bottles, our camera batteries, snacks, my phone and so much more. I love it so much that I bought another one in a different color (they have lots of colors to choose from). It’s currently 40% off and is only $22!
This is another great bag I found on Amazon and is excellent for small spaces! When you unzip this travel cosmetic bag, it unfolds and lays flat. It’s amazing how much I can fit inside, including a smaller travel size pouch that I can take out for quick trips. It has 3 separate areas with a zipper pouch and side pockets, plus it fits perfectly under our RV sink. The travel cosmetic bag is currently 26% off so you can snag it for just $16!
BONUS: Take a Trip with US!
We’re all about giving experiences as gifts BUT here’s the kicker – what if you could actually travel WITH us and cook up some epic memories in a seriously cool spot? 🌟
We’re keeping the destination hush-hush for now, but trust us, it’s going to be amazing. Get ready because we’re about to spill the beans on the where and when, and guess what? We’re rolling out the red carpet for early bird bookings!
We’ve got only 15 spots up for grabs, and we’re crossing our fingers (and toes) that you snag one of them! And let’s talk perks of group travel – instant travel buddies, shared laughs, potential dance-offs, and maybe some friendly debates on the best travel snacks. Plus, you get to leave all the planning to us! Keep your eyes peeled for our announcement soon! 🌍✈️