8 Road Trip Essentials

Before you hit the road, make sure you’ve got these important items to keep you safe and organized.

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December 11, 2018

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Phone Mount

Texting and driving is never an option. And in some states, just holding your phone to talk while driving is against the law. If you want to stream a Spotify playlist or run Google Maps, invest in a phone mount to ensure those hands remain at "10 and 2."

Buy It: Amazon, $12.99

Trash Bin

Keep your car clean and organized with this clever trick. Instead of jamming fast food bags and candy wrappers into the console, make a mini trash bin with a cereal dispenser and plastic bag. Check out more car organizing hacks from our friends at HGTV.

Buy It: Amazon, $8.99

Emergency Car Kit

Before you plan your road trip itinerary, make reservations or buy attraction tickets, you should pack your emergency roadside kit. It’s not the fun part of road trip planning, but it’s the most important. A good car kit should include at the very least jumper cables, a spare tire, signal flares and a flashlight. Emergency items such as spare socks, a blanket and granola bars are good, too. If you’re traveling in colder climates, check out our winter car kit for ice and snow essentials.

Buy It: Amazon, $33.58

Cooler Bag

A cooler is a road trip must. Instead of a giant cooler out-of-reach in the trunk, keep your drinks in a small cooler bag. YETI’s Hopper Flip 8 is large enough for eight soda cans but small enough to throw around your arm for a pull-off picnic or impromptu hike.

Buy It: YETI, $199.99

Sun Protection

Cruising with the top down is the epitome of a road trip, but it’s also the epitome of sun exposure. Pack polarized sunglasses, a hat and plenty of sunscreen. Active brands such as Coolibar and Athleta make stylish UPF clothing that helps block the sun’s harmful rays. It doesn’t replace sunscreen, but it’s a great second line of defense.

Buy It: Amazon, $69.50

Backup Maps

You can’t always depend on Google Maps, especially when driving in rural areas. Even popular National Parks and National Forests can have spotty cell service. As a backup, you can download maps to use offline from Google Maps. And tucking an actual map in the backseat pocket isn’t a bad idea either.

Buy It: Amazon, $13.56

Snack Organizer

Not sure what snack you’ll be in the mood for? Pack tons of sweet and salty options with this clever hack. Use a tackle organizer or craft tray to store several snacks, from trail mix to candy.

Buy It: Amazon, $8.99

First Aid Kit

Road trip or not, keeping a first aid kit in the car is always a good idea. Use a makeup bag to store essentials such as bandages, antiseptic wipes and pain relievers.

Buy It: Amazon, $11.49

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