With voice-controlled Alexa, you can ask for driving directions, play music, make calls, request an audio book, hear the news, check the weather, control smart home devices and find parking spots, all without taking your hands off the wheel.
You might be thinking that a standalone GPS isn’t quite the
road trip necessity it once was, but believe me, sometimes it is the way to go.
Should your journey take you off the beaten path (and out of signal), you might be happy to have a gadget with unwavering navigation. They can also help the social media addicts out there from being distracted by a cell phone.
Some models even offer helpful features such as driver
awareness, to help you stay alert and focused.
The Garmin DriveSmart 65 has pre-loaded maps galore, voice control, traffic re-routing and yep… Amazon Alexa. Meaning you can do all that cool stuff we mentioned earlier without taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road.
A roof-top tent is the ultimate road trip camping accessory.
Not only does it free up space in the trunk, but it’s also far more luxurious and comfortable than a regular tent. It keeps you off the wet ground for a start!
This rooftop tent by Front Runner comfortably sleeps 2+ people. It’s made from Oxford 400D tent fabric that is strong, breathable, mold-resistant, and waterproof making it an awesome option for nights out in the open!
In my mind, this is one of the most underrated road trip accessories.
A simple head torch makes it so much easier to do anything at night, whether that’s sorting out an issue with your car or putting up a tent. A rechargeable one is even better, so you don’t need to carry spare batteries.
If you’ve ever taken a road trip, you know how easy it is to lose things under the mountain of stuff in the car. A backseat organizer is perfect for keeping things neat and well-ordered during your trip, as well as keeping those in the back entertained!
Keeping things clean while you’re on the road is not easy! You might have your furry friend with you, muddy gear comes in and out and you’ve probably had at least a few snacks in there! A portable car vacuum is a nice easy way to keep the inside of your vehicle spic and span.
The Tsumbay 5000PA Car Vacuum Cleaner can be plugged into your car lighter outlet and can pick up both wet and dry debris. It comes with additional nozzles for those hard-to-reach areas.
A cooler is an excellent road trip companion; it gives you
the freedom to take foods that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to store. It is
certainly one road trip accessory that will make your journey more comfortable.
Coffee is a road-tripper’s best friend, right? Although
there are other ways to stay awake while driving, I certainly like to drink a
lot of coffee when I travel. As such, a coffee flask is one of my favorite road
Drinking enough water is important to stay healthy when
traveling. Not only does it prevent dehydration, but it helps fight fatigue
which can be a mood killer on long journeys.
The problem is, over 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were bought around the world in 2016! That’s a staggering one million plastic bottles every minute. If you don’t want to contribute to these statistics, a reusable water bottle is one of the most important road trip accessories.
There are plenty of options to choose from these days. Mashable recommends their 10 favorite bottles, and the list is pretty good.
A foldaway picnic blanket is the absolute road trip
accessory for groups looking for epic picnics along the way.
There comes a point where everyone needs to get out of the
car and stretch their legs, after all, and what better way than a picnic with a
The 4 person Nemo Victory Blanket is the ideal companion for everything from beach afternoons to roadside picnics, and is super comfortable with a flannel top and waterproof bottom. What’s more, it’s easy to fold away and store, with integrated elastic straps.
If you plan to road trip in a hot area, a sun protector for your windows is a helpful accessory. You might be spending a lot of time in the car, meaning you might want to keep the sun off you and out of your eyes.
Whether it’s a quick weekend camping or an epic journey through another country, a first aid kit is an absolute must. As a minimum this should contain band-aids, sterilizing wipes, bandages, scissors, pain killers and medication. I’d recommend buying one that is pre-packaged up like the one below so you know you have everything you need.
If you’re planning a road trip in Europe, there are certain guidelines you must follow and items you need to take. For example, when driving in France, you must carry a breathalyzer. The AA Euro Travel Kit has everything you need in one convenient pack.
An ice scraper is a hugely important accessory for road trips in colder temperatures and should definitely feature in your Winter Road Trip Packing List. In winter conditions, your windows will freeze up overnight. An ice scraper will help you effectively remove this.
23. Jumper Cables
Jump leads are important safety road trip accessories. If
your battery dies while you’re on the road, you’re going to need a boost to get