Road tripping is as fun as it is freeing, especially if you (and your car) are well-equipped for the journey ahead. From car organizers to boredom busters to safety items, you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way with these road trip car essentials. Relax and enjoy the ride!
The driver should be able to grab road trip supplies like snacks and sunglasses with as little distraction as possible. Keep those eyes on the road! The Purse Net Car Net Pocket Handbag Holder adds extra storage space between the two front seats and is easy for everyone in the car to reach. It takes less than a minute to install and will make the inside of your car feel tidy and clean. Buy it here.
Keeping your phone charged is an important part of staying safe on the road (and accessing your road trip playlist). The Foval 200W Car Power Inverter is smaller than a passport and plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter to create an on-the-go outlet to charge your electronics. It features two standard outlets and four USB ports, so it can charge more than one phone at the same time. The Foval 200W Car Power Inverter features a quiet cooling fan, a power switch, a built-in fuse and durable metal housing. Buy it here.
If you’ve been on a long road trip before, you know things can get messy. Though easily overlooked, a trash can is definitely a road trip car essential. The EPAuto Waterproof Car Trash Can with Lid and Storage Pockets is a 2-gallon trash bin that can be placed almost anywhere in your car. The elastic opening keeps trash contained and out of sight, while the waterproof interior makes sure that nothing leaks out. The Velcro-sealed lid and accompanying straps keep the trash can stable, no matter how much your car is moving. It’s so handy you’ll want to keep it around long after your road trip is over. Buy it here.
While assembling road trip supplies, make sure you’re ready for a roadside emergency. This jam-packed AAA Roadside Emergency Kit includes an air compressor, jumper cables, a flashlight, protective gloves, a rain poncho, pliers, screwdrivers, duct tape and more. Like AAA Roadside Assistance, it will bring you peace of mind. Buy it here.
The DeftGet 163-Piece First Aid Kit is small enough to fit in your glove compartment, but mighty. Inside, you’ll find bandages, an emergency blanket, stainless steel scissors, antiseptic cleansing wipes, a whistle, a flashlight, a multi-tool, sting relief pads, cotton swabs and so much more. Buy it here.
The Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow can contour to almost any shape you desire, making long road trips with extended periods of sitting more comfy. Passengers will fall asleep easily with this ergonomic pillow, and drivers can use it for lumbar support while they’re behind the wheel. It’s made of memory foam, with a machine-washable cover and a snap closure. Buy it here.
If the awkward silence in the car becomes too much to bear, pick up TableTopics To Go Road Trip, a deck of creative and interesting conversation prompts. Whether you’re new friends or lifelong companions, these cards will get you talking about things you’d never even thought of before. It’s a great way to bond with the other people in the car and pass the time on the road. Buy it here.
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