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8 Essential Items For Your Next Road Trip

Oh, yes  – the mighty road trip.  I don’t know about you, but I have always loved driving and being out on the open road.

Whether it is cross-country motorcycle trips, crazy high-speed “Cannonball Run” trips from New Mexico to Florida with no sleep, or a leisurely drive up Highway 1 on the west coast, you can count me in.  Of course, like most things, we only seem to remember the good times and not the nightmares.  Like that one time when …

I hope that you have some good road trip memories yourself. has an article where they describe what they consider essential items for hitting the open road.  Check out one person’s list for a safer and more comfortable journey.


“Gerber E-Tool Folding Blade

It’s important to pack items that serve multiple purposes. That’s why we like the Gerber E-Tool. It weighs less than three pounds, with an aluminum shaft and a carbon steel head.

The tough design allows the E-Tool to serve multiple functions. It’s shaped like a shovel, but the locking head turns so the blunted edge becomes a makeshift hammer, ideal for tent stakes. The E-tool, with its serrated edge, can also cut through light vegetation and grass–great for gathering kindling.


ShadeSox Car Side Window Sun Shade

Out on the road, you need to catch shuteye whenever possible.

We like ShadeSox sun shades because you can still roll down the window while they block the sun. The breathable mesh lets cool breezes get in without too much fuss.

BESTEK 300W Power Inverter

Keep your phone and laptop charged with a power inverter that plugs right into your cigarette lighter.

Also, while other inverters are more powerful, the BESTEK has two USB ports for your phone and laptop accessories. If you’re traveling with a companion, having two USB ports makes it just so much easier to top everyone off.

Bivvy (OD Green)

A Bivvy is basically a space blanket, but more durable.

Bivvy has an exterior coating that is water and puncture resistant. With a zipper up the side, the Bivvy doubles as a sleeping bag, but less bulky.


Ohuhu Neck Traction Device

Long hours in the car can do a number on your neck and back.

Using air pressure to gently stretch your neck and upper back helps ease away pain. And when you deflate it a little, you can use it as a regular neck pillow.

Luxon Life Hammer

In the event of an accident, the life hammer houses a razor to cut your seatbelt and a hammer to break the window. Beyond that, the Luxon has flashlight to light your way and a red SOS light to alert first responders where you are. A magnet on the side lets you adhere the life hammer to the hood of your car.

The Luxon also has a USB charger so you can charge your phone if it runs out–because it always runs out in an emergency. All the devices on the Luxon can be powered by a hand-crank generator, so you don’t need to worry about charging.

Gas Can

If you ever run out of gas in between gas stations, be ready with a gas can. It’s a lot cheaper and less embarrassing to lug a gas can than to call for a tow.

The Midwest Can is made from HDPE (high density polyethylene), meaning it’ll resist puncturing and leaking.

Garbage Bags

A good philosophy while traveling is to leave no trace. Bring garbage bags with you so you can leave areas where you hunker down for the night in as good or better shape than you found them.

We decided to recommend Seventh Generation garbage bags because they’re made from 55% recycled plastic while maintaining the strength of regular bags.”


I am sure that most of us could think of many other essentials.  That is why we carry a bug out bag with us among other things.  But this is one person’s list along with some specific brand recommendations.  Can’t say I ever thought about a neck traction device though.

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