So you’re heading out on your great Southern adventure, but what do you bring? Road trips can be simultaneously adventurous and boring, so here are some items that can turn your long drive into the best part of your journey.
Motorola Talkabout T600 H2O
We know there is such a thing as a cellphone, but what’s more fun for the kid in all of us than calling other cars in your caravan by way of a walkie-talkie? It has a 35-mile range and is waterproof, just in case you decide to pull over and take a dip in a stream. Plus, you’re saving data. $119.99 from motorolasolutions.com.
This is a must-have because it’s free and will provide you with hours of nail-biting entertainment. Lore is an award-winning podcast from author Aaron Mahnke about the roots of our fears. Each episode explores the dark side of history and the “creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares.” Free from lorepodcast.com.
Travelrest All-In-One Ultimate travel pillow
This pillow is so comfortable it makes you feel bad for yourself and all the times you traveled without such comfort. It provides full support for your upper body, and you can position it across your torso or along your side, whichever is coziest for you. It’s also inflatable so it doesn’t take up any extra room. $44.95 from travelrest.net.
Wagan PowerCup 6.2
It’s inevitable during a road trip that at some point you’ll fight over who gets to charge their phone. Well, here’s an adapter that fits perfectly in your cup holder, is illuminated, and has four USB power ports, so there won’t be any more fights … at least about charging devices. $24.95 from wagan.com.
Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic
Consider this: You could buy $10 sunglasses from a grocery store only to have them snap halfway through your drive or burn your retinas from lack of UV protection. Or you could splurge a bit and get quality sunglasses. The Wayfarer Classic is calling your name. Even if you’re driving in a minivan you can still look cool. $150 from ray-ban.com.
Dometic CF-018DC portable freezer/refrigerator
We had no idea something like this existed, but it’s not just a cooler. It’s a refrigerator and freezer as well! You just hook it up to your car, and all your drinks stay positively chilly. It’s a little pricier at $348, but it’s so worth it. No more warm sodas for us, thank you. From amazon.com.
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Motorola is courtesy of Motorola Solutions, Lore is courtesy of Aaron Mahnke, Ray-ban is courtesy of Ray-Ban, Refrigerator is courtesy of Dometic