Top 10 Road Trip Must-Haves

By Jennifer McKee

Ready to hit the open road? Check out these essentials we love.


  1. A New Air Freshener
    Start your journey fresh—this includes the car! Drift’s new technology lets you clip the air freshener directly to the visor, keeping your car stylish and uncluttered. It’s made from sustainably sourced cedar wood and soaked in essential and fragrance oils to deliver all-natural scents that are free of chemicals. Scents rotate each month, or choose from a line of intoxicating standard scents. https://drift.co/

 


 

  1. Some Great Tunes
    A road trip isn’t a road trip without your passenger DJ spinning some tunes. On deck for us right now are The Weeknd, https://shop.theweeknd.com/, Gabby Barrett, https://www.gabbybarrett.com/, and yes, even Harry Styles, https://hstyles.co.uk/

 


 

  1. Hand Sanitizer/Germ Protection
    We know it’s been on your mind, because it’s always on ours. Well, Nrd is the word. This handy gadget lets you confidently pull open restroom doors, punch elevator buttons and pick up shopping baskets. You can even use it to navigate touchscreens and keypads. It grabs everything! Powerful magnets at the ends of the Nrd’s silicone body snap shut so suspicious surfaces never touch your hands. Pair it with a retractable fob that clips to your purse, backpack or belt loop for easy access. https://germnerds.com/Not all hand sanitizers are created equal. Science and natural merge in Elyptol, where eucalyptus meets naturally sourced pure ethanol for an eco-friendly, soothing product that’s also hospital grade. Get it in travel-sized gel, spray and hand wipes that are easy to store. https://www.elyptol.com/

 


 

  1. Delicious Yet Healthy Snacks
    Find sustenance in the form of sustainably sourced proteins in Chomps, high-quality meat sticks that put Slim Jims to shame. Its beef and venison are 100 percent grass fed, the turkey is free range and all proteins are hormone free. The taste is unforgettable. Chomps comes in eight varieties—we love the Italian-style and sea salt beef, and for a kick, the cranberry-habanero beef. https://chomps.com/Nuts are always a great, long-lasting snack, and you’ve never had them the way you pick up a bag of Sahale Snacks. Taste a bit of the exotic in banana-rum pecans, Thai cashews and pomegranate pistachios. Trail mix and coconut snack mix is also available. https://www.sahalesnacks.com/products

 


 

  1. Portable Shower Products
    Get rid of plastic bottle waste and take you hair cleansing regimen portable with Bottle None. Created by two sisters from British Columbia, Bottle None’s shampoos and conditioners come as solid disks and take up less space in the suitcase or your shower. Store them on a soap dish, or in the convenient accompanying travel case that allows them to air dry and last longer. Bottle None is available for all hair types and is good for 60-plus washes. https://bottlenone.com/If you’re looking for an all-in-one product, Bravo Sierra’s Hair & Body Solid Cleansing Bar lathers you from head to toe with its creamy coconut-based formula. Even its minimal packaging is biodegradable. It’s available in unscented and scented versions—those who love musk should opt for the scented version. https://www.bravosierra.com/products

 


 

  1. An Electronics Charger
    Make sure all of your electronics are full of juice when you’re on the go. The Laptop Power Bank has two USB-A ports to recharge phones and tablets and a 45W Power Delivery USB-C port that can quickly recharge laptops. An LCD display clearly shows the remaining battery life, so you won’t unexpectedly be left without power. The user-friendly smart device automatically turns on when it detects a connected device and turns off to prevent overheating when electronics are fully charged. www.eggtronic.com

 


 

  1. Sleep Gear
    Bring a bit of luxury with on the road with you in form of a pillowcase from Celestial Silk. Nowadays, it doesn’t hurt to have your own pillow covering with you. The dense weave of the silk makes for a comforting night whether you’re at home, in an RV or a hotel room. Available in 20 colors and standard, king and queen sizes. You’ll also want to grab a silk eye mask to block out even the most stubborn of light. The cooling nature of Celestial Silk’s products will have you nodding off in no time. https://celestialsilk.com/

 


 

  1. Comfortable/Versatile Clothing
    Feeling good is just as important as looking good, and there a bunch of soft new releases this season. One is the Blanketneck Crewneck from FEAT, a California-based brand known for making the “softest hoodie ever” and worn by celebs such as Brody Jenner and Kristin Cavallari. The clothing is made with a proprietary “butterwash” process—we’re sold right there! https://featclothing.com/Everyone in the family will love the loungewear, wraps, hoodies, socks and even dog sweaters from Barefoot Dreams. Sport your favorite character from the new Disney Princess Collection—and rest assured, there’s plenty of non-princess items available for the guys. https://www.barefootdreams.com/disney-collection.html

 


 

  1. Travel Games
    Even the best road tripper can get restless at times. Games to the rescue! Barry & Jason make games their mission; Dr. Biscuit’s Radical Road Trip will keep the crew busy for hours with 60 different games to play in the car—can you survive a license plate asteroid field? Also coming soon is the excellent Bill & Ted’s Historical Travel Game. https://www.barryandjason.com/Tabletopics has a full line-up of party question boxes for those who like to grill their family and friends. Get the conversation started with the road trip edition, which asks, among others, how many national monuments you’ve seen and who’s the moodiest family member. https://www.tabletopics.com/

 


 

  1. Masks
    We take masks with us everywhere we go, and it’s particularly important on a road trip when you never know who you’ll encounter and where they’re from. Some of our favorites come from Billie Blooms, which has mask bundles for parents and children in addition to a great lineup of single masks. https://billieblooms.com/collections/accessories. Old Navy also has an extensive selection of masks for adults and children, including animal masks. https://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=1157699

 


Photo credits: 

  1. Courtesy Drift
  2. Courtesy Red Light Management
  3. Courtesy The Germ Nerd
  4. Courtesy Chomps
  5. Courtesy Bottle None
  6. Courtesy Eggtronics
  7. Courtesy Celestial Silk
  8. Courtesy Barefoot Dreams
  9. Courtesy Tabletopics
  10. Courtesy Billie Blooms

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