We spend A LOT of time on the road, so at this point, we’re pretty much road trip experts. If you’re planning to hit the road and see the sights on your own, here’s a list of the gear that we think will help make your trip safer, more comfortable, and best of all, more fun!
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Lifeline AAA Excursion Road Kit
Be ready for ANYTHING the road has in store for you with the Lifeline AAA Excursion Road Kit. In addition to a first aid kit, which is always good to have on hand, the kit includes jumper cables to deal with a dead battery, a tire inflator to make sure you’re always topped up, a flashlight, gloves, tools, and even safety triangles that all fit into a nicely designed bag. If you run into any issues, this kit probably has what you need to fix it and get back on the road.
Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock
Nothing beats a relaxing nap in a picturesque area, and with a travel hammock from ENO, you’ll be ready to lounge just about anywhere. Made of strong yet lightweight material, the DoubleNest Hammock is big enough for two people to relax together, yet it stuffs down into a pack the size of a softball when it’s not in use.
iOttie Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Fast Charge Car Mount
Smartphones have become a crucial part of any road trip, as they can give directions, control the soundtrack, help find the closest gas station, take photos, and so much more. If you want to keep your phone front and center so that it’s easy for both the driver and passenger to control, you’re going to want a smartphone mount, and if you have a newer device that can charge wirelessly, why not also get a mount that can charge your phone while you’re using it? This Qi charger from iOttie holds your phone securely in a wide variety of easily-configurable angles and distances, and also includes the latest wireless charging capability so your phone will always be topped up and ready to go when you arrive at your destination.
Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
Having hot coffee is a great way to start the day when you’re looking to put some miles behind you, and if you don’t want to have to chug down your full cup before it gets cold, you should definitely bring along a travel mug. This mug from Zojirushi is one of the best, and can keep a hot beverage hot (and a cold beverage cold) for hours and hours. It’s actually surprising the first time you go to take a sip a few hours after pouring coffee into it, only to find that your coffee might be still too hot to drink! You can get the mug in 12, 16, or 20-ounce sizes depending on how much coffee you typically drink, and there are a wide range of colors available to match your personal style. There’s even a handy lock on the lid that makes sure you don’t make a mess if you happen to knock it out of the cupholder and onto the floor of your vehicle.
Rumpl Puffy Blanket
With a good travel blanket, you’ll always be ready for a spontaneous picnic or an unplanned outdoor concert where you need a little extra warmth. Rumpl is one of the original ‘puffy blankets’ and is designed to provide optimal warmth in a variety of conditions and climates. It’s cozy, lightweight, durable, waterproof, and resistant to odors, stains, and pet hair, and packs down into a water resistant stuff sack that compresses the blanket into a tiny, 2.1lbs package. Best of all, if you’re always arguing with your driving partner about the proper temperature to keep the inside, you can use the Rumpl blanket to stay warm, and keep both people happy at their ideal temperature.
Therm-a-Rest Compressible Travel Pillow
This travel pillow is perfect for catching a little shut eye in the passenger seat, and compacts down into a small pack that’s perfect for providing comfort without taking up a lot of space. Inside, foam filling expands to 4-inches of support for your head, neck, and back, and the brushed polyester cover is soft against your skin while still being easy to clean. Pair it with the Rumple blanket, and you’ll be catching some zzz’s in no time!
Tile Mate with Replaceable Battery
If you’re the type of person who occasionally misplaces your keys (or wallet, or purse, or really anything important that you might bring along on a road trip) then you should definitely check out Tile. These devices help track down any missing item, and can emit a sound if they’re close by, or ping other Tile devices if you’re further away, and need to locate a lost item. Attach one to your keychain, one to your bag, and one to anything else you want to keep track of, and rest assured that you’ll arrive home with everything you left with, and won’t get stuck somewhere looking for your car keys. Best of all, while Tile used to have a fixed battery that required a whole new device every few months, the new Tile uses a replaceable battery that can be easily swapped out when the old battery dies.
Hudly Wireless Heads-Up Display
While certainly not a necessity, the Hudly Heads-Up Display is a unique way to make your drive easier by providing directions, vehicle info, and more, right in your line of sight but without blocking your view of the road.
Opinel No.10 Stainless Corkscrew Knife
A pocket knife is a great tool to bring along on a road trip, since it can help you out in a wide variety of situations and doesn’t take up much room in the vehicle, and the Opinel No. 10 Corkscrew knife has the added benefit of being able to open up a bottle of wine if you decide to end the day of driving with a celebratory glass of vino. Opinel has been around for more than 100 years, so it’s a brand you can trust, at an affordable price you can love!
Deck Of Cards
A good road trip isn’t complete without a deck of cards, so you can play bridge, poker, go fish, or a thousand different variations of solitaire while you’re stopped for the night, waiting for food, pulled over to enjoy the view, or just making new friends at a rest stop.
Rand McNally Road Atlas
Sure, your phone is going to work great in most situations for getting directions and providing navigation, but if you’re going to spend a lot of time on the road, it’s a good idea to have a backup method of finding your way that doesn’t rely on batteries that can die in the middle of nowhere! Rand McNally is a trusted source of accurate and easy to use maps, and this Road Atlas covers every U.S. state and Canadian province, an overview map of Mexico, and detailed inset maps of over 350 cities and 20 U.S. national parks!