We could all use a little extra holiday cheer this season. But what do you give to the roadtripper, camper, or adventurer who has everything? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite road trip essentials for every budget, with a focus on gifts that keep on giving.
Level up your next trip together with these helpful items for taking more and better photos, keeping warm while cold-weather camping, staying entertained during those long days of driving, and more.
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1. National Parks Passport – $30 (America’s National Parks)
A passport book is an obvious gift for anyone who loves national parks. Learn about park history and start collecting stamps from your adventures.
2. Phone mount – $30 (Amazon)
Great for people who rely on their phone for navigation. This one comes with two different mount options for your car: a suction cup and a vent mount.
3. Tripod – $22 (Amazon)
A tripod is essential for taking night shots (or selfies on a solo trip), and this one is small and light enough to fit into a backpack.
4. Roadtrippers Plus subscription – $30/year (Roadtrippers)
We may be biased, but if you ask us, there’s no better way to plan a road trip than by using the Roadtrippers app. (Limited time offer: Buy one subscription and get a second one free.)
5. LifeProof outdoor backpack – $150 (Amazon)
You can fit everything you need in here for a weekend getaway, plus it doubles as a lightweight and convenient day pack.
6. Postcard stamps – $0.35 (USPS)
Never leave home without a few stamps so you can actually send the postcards before your trip is over.
7. Smartwool base layer – $100 (Smartwool)
Merino wool is one of the best fabrics for travel clothes as it’s breathable and odor-resistant.
8. Ride to Food camp mug – $10 (Ride to Food)
Buy a cool camp mug and support a small, woman-owned business in the process. These work great for everything from coffee to soup, oatmeal, and margaritas.
9. Wool runners – $95 (Allbirds)
Style and comfort make these the ultimate driving shoes.
10. Subpar Parks sticker pack – $28 (Amber Share Design)
Support Amber Share’s hilarious Subpar Parks project by sporting these stickers on your water bottle, laptop, or anywhere else.
1. USA License Plate Game – $20 (Amazon)
If you enjoy the license plate game, this wooden toy version is essential.
2. Matador waterproof toiletry case – $25 (Amazon)
A waterproof and lightweight carrier to keep your toiletry bottles in when traveling.
3. Shrooms packable camp chair – $110 (Parks Project)
This chair packs up to the same size as a standard California burrito, which should be reason enough to buy it.
4. Souvenir penny collecting book – $4 (Amazon)
Squished pennies make the perfect souvenir—they’re cheap, easy to transport, and the designs are seemingly endless.
5. Instax instant film camera – $69 (Amazon)
Sure, digital photos are great but there’s still nothing like taking a photo and (almost) instantly creating a physical print.
1. Thule cargo bag – $200 (Amazon)
Short on trunk space? This rooftop cargo bag can help.
2. Spotify Premium subscription – $99/year (Best Buy)
Spotify Premium gets rid of commercials and allows you to download music ahead of time, which is great for areas with spotty reception and for saving phone data.
3. National parks playing cards – $14 (Parks Project)
Stay entertained on the road or at the campground with a deck of stylish national park-themed playing cards.
4. Dual USB car charger – $10 (Amazon)
Most newer cars will have USB charging capabilities but with this dual charger, no one’s phone gets left behind.
5. Matador toiletry bottle 3-pack – $35 (Amazon)
These light, compact, packable bottles are perfect for bringing your toiletries on the road or camping.
6. Route 66 illustrated maps – $14 (Amazon)
This map set—which includes one map for each state along Route 66—is beautifully illustrated and so full of information you’ll be looking at them long after your trip is over.
7. Corkcicle bucket cooler bag – $150 (Amazon)
This backpack-style cooler fits perfectly on the floor in front of the back middle seat.
8. Noise-canceling headphones – $300 (Amazon)
A quality pair of noise-canceling headphones aren’t just useful on planes but also in tiny, shared spaces like cars or hotel rooms.
9. Car hooks – $5 (Amazon)
The best stocking stuffer for your road trip partner and backseat companions.
10. Extra long USB – $20 (Amazon)
An easy way to keep your phone charged while being able to use it from anywhere in the car.