Road Trip Accessories: What to Take on a Road Trip
There are three distinct parts to any road trip, the getting there, the being there, and the getting back. But every road trip is also bookended with the less exciting reality – packing and unpacking. You may already have a trusty Road Trip Checklist (and if you don’t, feel free to borrow ours!), but we got to thinking about what other, less common items might be perfect to bring with you on the open road. After all, a road trip is all about getting off the beaten path, why shouldn’t you take along some out of the ordinary products as well?
GAMES, TOYS & OTHER PRODUCTS FOR KIDS
The Nocturnals Audio Book Series
The Nocturnals is a book series that combines adventure, mystery, and imagination with real-life scenarios that are relatable to elementary and middle school children, particularly regarding the topics of bullying, confidence, friendship, self-acceptance, and empathy. The storylines are great ways to help parents segue into many sensitive topics. The series even helps “sneak” science in via a free reading kit that includes Makerspace and STEM-connected fun activities on NocturnalsWorld.com. Developed by educators in partnership with Fabled Films Press, the kit engages children, sparks creativity, and makes reading more fun - even for reluctant readers.
Flexdeck is an all-in-one deck of playing cards that combines traditional cards with double-nine dominoes and word cards. It was originally designed to take as many games as possible on a long hike into the Grand Canyon, but it works great just about anywhere else you could think to travel. Manufactured by the United States Playing Card Company, they have a classic sturdy, linen finish with a one of a kind design.
kittd 'van Gogh On-The-Go' Kids Travel Art Kit
kittd makes portable playsets that are perfect for long trips with kids. kittd is the brainchild of two Moms who were sick of seeing their kids on electronics - so they made the antidote. kittd 'van Gogh On-The-Go' Kids Travel Art Kit is a miniature, pocket-sized travel art set for kids. All materials fit inside the hinged tin and won't fall out in a purse, backpack, or pocket. It features a miniature watercolor paint set, miniature crayons, and miniature sketchbook, allowing young artists to create art while enjoying a road trip.
Pals will keep your children’s little feet entertained and cozy and provide a preview of new friends to be made on your travels. Pals come paired as 2 different friends, because it’s cool to have different kinds of friends and try new things.
One World Futbol
If you want to make the most out of your family vacations and road trips, here is a product that will provide everlasting, sustainable fun on any path you trek. Meet the One World Futbol -- the “unpoppable and unstoppable” all-around adventure ball. Created by One World Play Project, the One World Futbol never needs a pump and never goes flat, even when punctured. It was designed to be ultra-durable and outlast ordinary soccer balls. Whether you are going camping in the woods, enjoying a pickup game along your travels on the beach or hiking in the mountains, the One World Futbol is perfect for all types of terrains.
The Gifted Rat
Bring along a fun pretend pet to take selfies with. It's an adorable little rat that your kids will be sure to love. Once you arrive at the hotel, your kids can have a game of taking turns hiding it. This rat will be sure to make your road trip fun and memorable.
ciao! baby The Portable High Chair with Clip-on Umbrella
This innovative, practical solution helps keep babies and toddlers secure in a portable chair anywhere you go so they can safely enjoy snack or mealtime. ciao! baby The Portable High Chair is a one of a kind, one-piece chair which requires no assembly and is perfect for any occasion your baby needs a snack or a meal on-the-go. ciao! baby simply unfolds and locks into place and folds quickly back up in seconds. The clear vinyl tray wipes off easily and also comes with a cup holder for drinks.
TECH AND AUDIO
Rosewood Duffle by Muzen Audio
The Rosewood Duffle by Muzen Audio is a portable Bluetooth speaker and FM radio in one. The retro wooden speaker is made for adventure. It weighs less than a pound but packs big sound in a tiny package making it ideal for road trips. Listen to your playlist in style. The speaker is sold with a sturdy leather carrying case for storage and an optional messenger bag with detachable strap is available so you can wear it anywhere you go.
Boosa Macro M1 Power Bank
Boosa is a 10000 mAh power bank that will charge your iPhone 8 over 3.5 times. Portable power is a must for the 2018-19 traveler (even if you're just sitting in the back seat!). The Boosa Macro M1 Power Bank has a blend of features found in no other power bank on the market. It has a non-slip rubber casing, is lightweight, features USB-C inputs, and has the ability to charge three devices at once.
SleepPhones are the world’s first and most comfortable headphones for studying, sleeping, relaxing, and traveling. The product features flat headphones in a super soft fleece headband. SleepPhones connect to devices via a cord as well as two wireless options that connect to any any Bluetooth device. Travelers love SleepPhones because they are so comfortable while on planes, trains, and automobiles. It's so much easier to relax without earbuds digging into your ears or a tangled cord in the way.
Wave is a free app (iOS, Android) that works as a navigation app and social connection with your friends or family. Once you hit the road you can share your location with your friends on a private map, set a meeting point and navigate there without looking at the smartphone.
It is the easiest way to connect with them on the road, so if they arrive earlier than you they can spot you on the map and wait without calling or texting. Your friends or family can also see when you are arriving home with no concerns and without the need to call you or bother you on the way.
Wave gathers in one app the navigation features for the driver and a social communication that the passengers can enjoy such as the map, the chat or the possibility to send pictures, all privately. It is unique because, unlike big social media apps with location sharing features, it displays a group map in which all the friends involved can see each other for as long as they want, after sending and accepting a request to share the location every time a new session is opened.
Most people have to carry their house or car keys when traveling but you don’t want them flopping around and taking up a lot of space. The KeySmart Pro is a minimalist key organizer with Tile Bluetooth tracking built-in that saves you pocket/purse space and eliminates that annoying jingle of a bulky keyring. Not only can you use the Tile app to find your keys, but with the KeySmart Pro you can also use your keys to find your phone. The push of a button on the KeySmart Pro will light your phone up in the darkness, and if you still can’t find it, you can make the phone ring. Worried you won’t hear your phone that is on silent? Don’t. The KeySmart Pro will turn the phone’s volume up to ensure you will hear it.
If you’re hitting the open road you will definitely want to have FIXD by your side. FIXD sensor works on any gasoline-powered cars from 1996 to today's vehicles. The FIXD sensor plugs into a vehicle's OBD-II port, which is connected to the check engine light and operates like a computer to monitor data. Once the sensor is plugged in, it will transfer information to the FIXD app and send drivers notifications when it senses an issue with the vehicle. If an auto shop visit is required, the app will provide estimates of repair costs so you aren't getting overcharged by technicians. Don’t get stuck on the side of the road when your destination awaits.
Nomo FOMO focuses on bringing people together in person by letting them know when their paths will cross. This product is great for a long road trip because it gives the travelers the ability to see where their network is going to be and modify the trip based off who they want to meet up with. It also allows them to know if they will be in the same location as friends ahead of time so they can plan ahead to get together.
SAFETY & PREPAREDNESS
Audio Bleeding Control Kits
When you think of a road trip, you usually think about the fun you’ll have out on the open road and the many destinations you’ll visit. What’s often forgotten, however, is that accidents can happen anywhere. The Audio Bleeding Control Kits from NAR are essential items to have on-hand to help quickly care for bleeding injuries from accidents that may occur while on a road trip.
OWL® Open Window for Life
One of the best rules of thumb when it comes to vehicle safety and preparedness is to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Should you ever end up in a situation where you need to break your window for escape, you may be forever grateful that you were carrying an OWL. This compact device, about the size of a credit card, is designed to shatter your window in seconds with a simple snapping motion. No moving parts means there’s zero chance of a misfire, making the OWL even more reliable than many other emergency solutions. A recessed blade will also slice through seat-belts in the event of a jammed belt release.
Road trips can quickly turn ugly for those who suffer with motion sickness or for those traveling with those who do. Don’t be caught unprepared. Have fun instead when you and your travel companions can focus on the fun aspects (which is not possible if someone is sick). Here’s a solution: wear fashionable and effective Psi Bands.
Psi Bands are stylish acupressure wrist bands, a clinically-proven, FDA-cleared medical device, for the relief of nausea due to motion/travel sickness. They are drug-free (i.e. don’t cause drowsiness like over the counter medications), come in fashionable and fun colors, and are adjustable for a personalized, comfortable fit.
BugBand Insect Repelling Band
There’s nothing better than opening up the windows and letting the crips evening air in during your warm weather road trip. The only downside? The mosquitos! And who wants to lather on the bug spray while they’re trying to enjoy a car ride? That’s where the BugBand Insect Repelling Band comes in. This waterproof bracelet simply slips onto the wearer’s wrist and provides a protective shield that mosquitos won’t dare cross. Plus, the BugBand Insect Repelling Band is available in several colors including glow-in-the-dark!
ORGANIZATION & CLEANLINESS
Wash. It. Later. Soak & Save Bags
A parenting essential for traveling with kids is Wash. It. Later. Soak & Save Bags which provides the only convenient and sanitary solution for soaking and pre-treating clothes on the go. The stylish and discrete Soak & Save Bags have a specially engineered aggressive seal specifically designed to hold water without leaking. Most importantly though, the bags contain a single serving, water soluble pod of chemical free - all natural/hypoallergenic soaking solution already inside. When a mess/baby blowout/potty accident/spill happens, you simply toss in the clothes, add water, seal it up and start soaking and pretreating no matter where you are.
Washable Dog Diapers and Belly-Wraps
Help your fur babies as you travel with reusable washable easy-to-use Diapers for both female and male untrained puppies, dogs that suffer from excitement urination, incontinence, age, or illness, and also with the Belly-Wrap specifically designed for male dogs. Both products are more economical and environmentally responsible than disposable diapers, are highly absorbent, and have a waterproof outer layer to prevent leaks and damage to carpets, upholstered furniture, and more at home and in your vehicle. They are more comfortable for dogs and easy to secure with their velcro closure that does not stick to their fur.
FreshPaper is a product to help you stay nourished while traveling in the car. FreshPaper is a small sheet made with organic botanicals that naturally extends the shelf life of produce (in and out of the fridge). There is a sheet made specifically for bread, as well as cheese. This allows food to be fresher longer, and reduces the chance of spoiling. This is a perfect product for travelers wanting to pack healthy snacks in the car without having to deal with spoiling fruit, or soggy bread.
Premium Foam Can Cooler
It’s estimated that more than 50 percent of drivers and passengers have beverages with them on road trips. Whether it’s an iced tea from McDonald’s or a coffee tumbler from home, the container often sweats leaving hands wet and a mess in the cup holder. Can coolers or “koozies,” as they are often called, are the perfect solution. They keep the cup holder dry and lowers the risk of spillage. If the koozies are customized with the name of a favorite nonprofit or business, they’ll get exposure wherever you go. Since it’s very affordable to buy koozies in bulk, you can hand them out to people you meet along the way and at your destination. It’s a really cheap and long-term method for spreading a message or advertising a product or service.
New to the market, Grow Fragrance came out of a desire for a product that smelled like amazing candles we all know and love, but was toxin free and made from 100% plants (aka, safe for pets). They proudly stand behind ingredient transparency, being toxin free and the fact that their aromas smell like nature…because they, in fact, come from nature! Eliminate unpleasant odors, instantly freshen fabric or simply elevate the mood, Grow Fragrance is a delight to the senses and a friend to the planet and your wallet. Their new 2oz travel sizes are perfect for unpleasant smells in hotels/luggage.
The Happy Rosy Day Book, Seaside: A Keepsake Gratitude Journal
The Great Collection of keepsake gratitude journals known as The Happy Rosy Day Book inspire you to celebrate life's wonderful little moments and blessings. Adorned with 120 pages of creative prompts, they can save keepsakes from their road trip, and they can write about the music they hear and adventures they have along the way. They will save a little magic and happiness from the road trip in the pages of their gratitude journal.
Yolo Trooper iPad Cases
Enjoy this humorous Star Wars-themed iPad Case on your next road trip. This Storm Trooper is ready to YOLO just like Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music. Covering your iPad in this hilarious case will surely be memorable and could make your next road trip the funniest yet.
Dave's Sweet Tooth Toffee
Every family needs delicious road trip snacks. How about crunchy, chewy, moan-inducing, decadent, addictive toffee? In particular, the wildly delicious toffee from Dave’s Sweet Tooth. Handcrafted in Michigan using time-honored and perfected techniques, the toffees from Dave’s Sweet Tooth are anything but average. Inspired flavors, seasonal favorites and a consistent recipe that has been mastered over the years, Dave’s Sweet Tooth has put their updated stamp on a cherished, classic candy. Housed in a convenient, plastic mason jar, this toffee is perfect (and safe) to take on the road.
We hope you enjoyed our list of great new products to bring with you on your next road trip. It’s always great to stay up to date on the latest road trip appropriate technology to help improve your trip out of town. Whether you plan to drive from coast to coast, or just to the famed burger joint a couple towns over, you can never bring too much with you when it comes to safety, entertainment, or snacks!