15 Totally Unexpected Things You Need For Your Next Road Trip
So you're headed out on a road trip and you're googling what you should bring to make sure you have everything you need for an awesome time. The search results pop up and every article lists off things like plenty of water, trail mix, an extra blanket, a hip Spotify playlist . . . blah, blah, blah. Yes, that's all well and good, but how about some ideas that take your road trip to the next level? Here's some inspiration that will make other roadies stop you dead in your tracks to say "what a boss" — or at the very least help you breathe easy because you know exactly how far it is to the next In-N-Out.
Fast Food Finder App
The Fast Food Finder! (Free) tells you exactly where the closest location of a fast food restaurant is, so you can satisfy those road trip cravings in just a few minutes.
Car Swivel Tray
Now that you ordered your fast food with zero wait time, the worst thing you could do is eat that tasty treat out of your lap. The Zone Tech Car Swivel Tray ($14) brings a bit of sophistication to the on-the-road eating process and keeps your pants clear of any nasty grease stains. Leave those Shout Wipes at home, baby.
Programmable LED Car Sign
Have you ever driven by a car on the road and wanted to say something to the people inside? Now you can. Use the Leadleds Programmable LED Car Sign ($30) to tell passersby anything that's on your mind. I suggest an an interactive message, such as "Thumbs up if you think I should dye my hair millennial pink!"
Expandable Car Clothes Hanger Bar
Never pack clothes again! Take your clothes directly out of the closet and put them on the High Road Expandable Clothes Hanger Bar ($25) and you're done. Period. End of sentence. This leaves so much room in your suitcase for more fun stuff!
Pet Seat Cover
We all love our pets, but we all hate their fur. Keep your car in pristine condition while traveling cross-country with the Amazon Basics Pet Seat Cover ($18). Now if only this cover could actually make your dog stay in place and not want to jump in your lap while you're driving 70 miles per hour down the highway. That would be some real witchcraft.
We all know you're going to be constantly posting pictures on Instagram to make all your friends jealous of your over-the-top road trip. Don't eat up all your data and enjoy the benefits of having WiFi in your car. The Chevy Equinox has WiFi capability, so even when your cell service is spotty in the middle of nowhere, you'll still be able share that stunning shot of you in the pool riding a pink flamingo floaty living your best life.
Now I wouldn't be caught dead working on a road trip. Papa needs to have his fun. However, if work is keeping you from hitting the road, that is no longer a valid excuse. With this Auto Exec Vehicle Desk ($186), you may never have to go into the office again.
The Big Book of If
As soon as you're done posting your flamingo floaty pic on Instagram, I beg you to put down your phone and really get to know the other travelers in your car with The Big Book of If ($44). You'll really get the deep conversation going with questions like "If you could spend one whole night alone with anyone in history, who would you choose?" or "If you could alter one physical characteristic of your mate, what would you change?" Just be careful how you answer these because it may get you kicked out of the car to be left on the side of the road.
Roadside America App
If you're a traveler who wants to skip out on all the typical tourist traps and see something that is really important like the world's biggest pistachio, then the Roadside America App ($3) is made for you. You'll be able to discover thousands of unique and wacky locations that are off the beaten path.
Objects in Mirror Are Losing Decal
After you've decked out your car with all these amazing items, the Objects in Mirror Are Losing Decal ($3) will never be more true.
Travel and expenses for the author were provided by Chevrolet for the purpose of writing this story.