So, you’re gearing up to head out on the open road. While you could just hop in the car with little more than the clothes on your back, what you bring with you can make the difference between an amazing experience and a stressful one. While the exact list of gear you should bring will vary greatly depending on where you’re headed and what you plan to do along the way, there are a few items that will make your road trip all the more enjoyable, no matter where your destination may be.
Wireless Portable Charger
These days, almost everyone travels with their phone in their pocket, and plenty of us keep more than one gadget with us most of the time. Packing a portable charger will help you keep your phone, tablet and other accessories like Bluetooth headphones juiced up.
Even better, wireless models like the Wireless Portable Charger by Mumkai let you charge compatible iPhones or Android phones without even plugging them in. This model lets you charge your phone from empty to full power multiple times or top up multiple devices. Just don’t forget to plug in your charger when you stop to get a bite to eat or rest at a hotel.
Multi-Use Water Bottle
If you want to stay hydrated without constantly opting for pricey and wasteful pre-bottled water, keeping your own water bottle is a nice option. Simply top it off whenever you’re around a nice clean supply of water, and you’ll never be parched on the road.
If you also like to bring your morning coffee with you, a bottle like the Hydro Cell from Liquid Savvy pulls double duty, keeping hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold. Available in sizes from 18 oz. to 40 oz., this model also includes multiple lids and an optional straw.
This one may seem obvious, but if you’re bringing things with you on a trip, you’re going to need a bag you can keep them in. Why stop there, though? Backpacks have come a long way, and they can do more than simply gather all your gear in one place.
Backpacks like the Travel Laptop Backpack by Yorepek not only hold your travel accessories, but laptops up to 17 inches in size, perfect if you plan to keep a journal on the road. This model also features two mesh side pockets for holding your water bottles and an exterior USB port, letting you charge your devices while keeping the charger itself safely stowed inside the backpack.
A long day in a car isn’t just rough on your back; it can be tough on your neck as well. Despite the name, the built-in headrests in most cars don’t do much to rest your head, and they often aren’t very comfortable. That’s where a travel pillow comes in.
More closely associated with air travel than riding in a car, a good travel pillow can leave you feeling much better at the end of the day than your pillow-less traveling companions. Some models like the Everlasting Comfort memory foam neck pillow even include ear plugs and an eye mask, letting you catch up on some sleep if you’re tired.
A multi-tool can be the sort of thing you hope you never have to use on a road trip, since it implies something needs to be fixed, which means something broke in the first place. That said, if something does break and you’re the only one with a multi-tool, you’ll be glad to have it with you.
Of course, a multi-tool often offers more than a set of pliers and a few screwdriver heads. Some like the Leatherman Wingman offer all the functionality you would find in a Swiss Army knife. Sure, you may never need most of what is there, but those built-in scissors could come in handy when a particularly stubborn bag of jerky refuses to open without a little help.