Must-Have Car Accessories for a Better Road Trip
Happy Wednesday, y’all! I’m super excited today for two reasons:
- Tomorrow’s my birthday! And I’m getting one of my presents (to myself) in the mail today. I’ll share that with you on Instagram later, so be sure to follow me over there!
- It’s T-minus 9 days til our vacayyyyy! I am so nervicited (as Pinkie Pie would say)!! Excited because I can’t wait to see my family and nervous because I know it is going to be I am going to be pulling my hair out trying to fly with three kids, one of whom literally just started walking. Ughhh. At least it’s only a couple hours!
So, what’s on my wishlist this week? Keeping in line with this month’s travel theme, I thought I’d put together some helpful products for a summer road trip! I was originally going to post a Father’s Day gift guide today (yeah, it snuck up on me too! Less than two weeks, guys!). But let me tell you, it was a STRUGGLE finding unique gifts that weren’t the typical dad gifts. Some of these will work well though, if your dad (or baby daddy) is always on the go, so I guess it worked out okay!
Anyway, on to the good stuff!
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There’s nothing more frustrating than losing your phone (or credit card, or pen, or younameit in that stupid crack between your seat and center console. This nifty little pocket not only fills that gap, but helps keep all of your goodies organized (and who can complain about having extra storage?). Grab it here.
If you have kids, you know how easily they get bored and how quickly that back seat can become a major mess. This organizer fits nicely on the back of the driver’s and passenger’s seats and will keep all their entertainment and refreshments organized. Hallelujah!
When I was a kid, we went on a lot of road trips. One thing I remember my mom always having was a mini cooler in the back seat to keep our drinks nice and cold. This one stays in place with the seat belt attachment, and has lots of extra pockets for even more organization. Get it here.
Somehow, I still don’t own one of these. Apparently I like to just lose my phone in the center console, instead? Anyway, this mount is nice because it just clips into your air vent, so you can move it if necessary. And having it easily accessible is key to safe driving if you need to use GPS or a music app on your phone.
A hotspot is a great gadget to have on road trips when service is spotty. It’s a bit of an investment, so it might be something you want to purchase only if you travel frequently. But it’s definitely a handy tool. Grab yours here!
This organizer is helpful for keeping all the necessities close at hand when you don’t have room to keep your purse up front with you. And I know when my family travels all together, there’s not room for much in the front seat.
Whoever came up with this thing is a genius! All responsible car owners carry a pair of jumper cables, but there’s not always another vehicle around to help you jump start. This portable battery is a great way to make sure you always have a plan B. The best part? It doubles as a device charger!
This is just a basic emergency kit, but I have it on the list because it’s something that every vehicle owner should have, especially on a road trip. This one has a handy carrying case to keep everything nice and organized without taking up a whole lot of room in your cargo area.
If you’re traveling with pets, this little kit is great for keeping their food, toys, etc. in their own little compartments. It has portable bowls for food and water when you need them, as well.
This game looks super fun if you have older kids. I love that it focuses on creating conversation rather than competition. Since you don’t have a super-specific objective, there is more room for endless entertainment!
If you have adult passengers, Hypertheticals is a similar game that’s sure to spark some interesting conversation.
Finally, an inflatable bed that fits perfectly in your backseat is a great idea if you have a long trip and are looking to save money on hotels. This one is a good option for any car, since you can fill up the "support beam" separately from the main mattress.
What are your favorite gadgets for long drives? And do you have any road trips planned this summer? Let me know in the comments!