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  • Michelle Bucher | May 19, 2015 1:00 AM ET

    8 Essential Road Trip Travel Accessories

    8 Essential Road Trip Travel Accessories

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    The travel accessories business is huge, with the marketplace chock full of the latest trip-enhancing widgets. But there are a few old standbys that are indispensable on a long road trip. Here are some travel accessories we find handy to pack while road tripping:

    1. Neck pillow

    When I’m not driving I like to take naps along the way. I personally find having a neck pillow to nap on is a little more comfortable than a regular pillow, especially if I'm sleeping in the passenger seat.

    2. Sleep Mask

    I also find this to be handy when trying to nap in the car. During the daytime, it helps block out the sunlight, but at night it helps with street lights that seem to flash in your face every few seconds. Both the sleep mask and neck pillow really help with catching a decent sleep in a small car.

    3. Multi-Socket USB or Cigarette Charger

    This is great for charging more than one cell phone. Now that phones have become computers/cameras/music players, we seem to use them more often on road trips. The multi-socket charger is makes it so you’re not fighting over a single port for multiple devices.

    4. Headphones

    Music selection can start many a road trip argument. Headphones are handy if you want to listen to your own music, or want to drown out your fellow car occupants

    5. Carry-On Suitcase

    I've found it handy to have my clothes in one bag or suitcase, along with a mini carry-on suitcase for when we stop at places to shower. This way you don’t have to take in your whole bag. We often throw our shower stuff and a change of clothes into this carry-on and wheel it into wave pools or rec centers when rinsing off those miles of road grime.

    6. Travel Blanket

    Blankets make for a cozier naptime, as well as a safety measure if stranded in the car overnight waiting for help. The reason why I suggest a travel blanket over anything else is because of room in the car. On our first road trip, my friend and I both brought our large blankets from our beds. They take up so much room in the car, and aren’t used very often. Traveling with a smaller blanket saves lots of room in the car, and you can always use your friend's blanket while they’re driving.

    7. Travel Size Bottles

    Space always seems to be an issue while road tripping, unless you’re in a larger vehicle or RV. We often dump our shower accessories and other liquids that we need for our road trip into small travel size bottles to help save space in our car. You really don’t need to road trip with a full bottle of shampoo or hand lotion. Next time you go on a road trip, try going travel size. You’ll be amazed at how much space you’ll save in your bag, and your trunk.

    8. Travel Towel

    If you’re going on a road trip and don’t plan to use hotels often, don’t forget to pack a towel. When you stop at places to shower, you won’t always have the opportunity to borrow a towel from that rec center or gym where you've stopped to shower. It’s handy to travel with your own towel, and if you get a travel towel that’s made of microfiber material, it dries quicker than a regular towel.

    What’s your favorite travel accessory to road trip with? Leave your comment below, we’d love to hear from you.


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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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