It’s the summer of road trips! Road tripping is as fun as it is freeing, but life on the road can get a little tricky if you don’t have all of the supplies you need. If you’re planning on hitting the road anytime soon, make sure you remember these road trip car essentials.
One of the most important things to think about when you’re heading out on a road trip is where you’re going to put all your stuff. If you have a passenger, it can be difficult to figure out where to put things like your snacks, sunglasses, phone or bag so you can easily reach them from the driver’s seat. The Olyone Car Net Pocket Handbag Holder helps you keep your car neat by adding extra storage space between the two front seats. It takes less than a minute to install and it will make your entire car feel neat and clean. Buy it here.
The top road trip car essentials have to be power cords. Keeping your phone charged is an important part of staying safe on the road (and an important part of 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 with. 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. When you’re packing your road trip car essentials, don’t forget a trash can! 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 fasteners and accompanying straps keep the trash can stable, no matter how much your car is moving. It’s so handy that you’ll want to keep it around long after your road trip is over. Buy it here.
While you’re assembling your road trip supplies, you need to make sure that you’re prepared for a roadside emergency. This jam-packed 76-piece AAA roadside emergency kit includes an air compressor, jumper cables, a flashlight, protective gloves, a rain poncho, pliers, screwdrivers, duct tape and more. It’s worth it just for the peace of mind it will bring you while you’re on the road. Buy it here.
Don’t go too far from home without a first aid kit. This small but mighty DeftGet 163 Piece First Aid Kit can fit in your glove compartment, but it doesn’t skimp on essentials. Inside the kit, 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.
Sometimes it can be difficult to get comfortable on a long car ride. The Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow can contour to almost any shape you desire, to make your road trip just a little more comfy. Passengers will fall asleep easily with this ergonomic pillow – and even drivers can use it for things like 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.
Who knew a keychain could contain so much fun? Road trip games are a great way to pass the time in the car, but sometimes it can be hard to think of a new game to play. Games on the Go by Continuum Games is a keychain of 50 cards filled with different game prompts and rules. Word games, memory games, guessing games, trivia and more await in this handy keychain. It’s a great way to entertain road trippers of all ages. Buy it here.
Do you ever run out of things to talk about while you’re on the road? If conversation is running thin, 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 prompt conversations 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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