The best car accessories for road trips-Chicago Tribune

2021-11-10 03:47:01 By : Ms. Janice You

After more than a year of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are eager to get out of our homes to see some attractions. However, many people feel unsafe about flying in crowded planes, so road trips have been revived.

Road trips may be one of the most enjoyable experiences in life, but careful planning and preparation is the key to making the journey easy and memorable. Many car accessories, from mobile phone chargers to rooftop cargo boxes, can help ensure that your next trip is smooth, fun and memorable.

Thule Motion XT XXL Rooftop Cargo: Available on Amazon

The Thule roof luggage is designed for aerodynamics, space efficiency and optimal vehicle fit, providing 22 cubic feet of space to transport all your belongings on your family's next road trip. The PowerClick quick installation system ensures a firm fit. Once the luggage and other travel essentials are loaded, the SlideLock system will automatically lock the lid in place and give instructions when the box is safely closed.

Nextbase 622GW Car Driving Recorder: Available on Amazon

The video is shot at an impressive 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, producing extremely sharp clarity even in low-light conditions, making it easy to pick out the smallest details on the journey. The built-in polarizing filter reduces the glare of the windshield, and the digital image stabilization function helps eliminate vibrations and bumps caused by potholes and poor road conditions. Records can be saved on a microSD card for downloading or sharing at the end of the trip.

OtterBox Fast Car Charger Set USB-C: Available on Amazon

OtterBox uses fast charging technology to charge mobile phones and other electronic devices during long voyages. The device provides up to 18W of fast charging power, 3.6 times the charging speed of a standard 5W USB-A.

Ostrich Pillow Go: Available on Amazon 

The ergonomically designed pillow is made of high-density memory foam, which can provide travelers with 360-degree natural neck support. The outer cover is made of machine-washable super soft material, which can care for the skin and ensure that passengers on long-distance travel can sleep peacefully.

ThisWorx Portable Handheld Car Vacuum Cleaner: Available on Amazon

Keeping the interior of a car clean during long trips is not easy. Fast food hamburgers, wrong French fries, cookie crumbs, crushed potato chips, and drinks spilled on the interior, floor mats, and seats. However, this portable handheld car vacuum cleaner from ThisWorx can help simplify the task. This vacuum cleaner is a lightweight and compact device built with a 106W motor, which can easily suck out most of the dirt and debris.

Conqueco portable coffee machine: available on Amazon

When the nearest town (and the next available cafe) is miles away, travelers can plug this portable 12V travel espresso machine with 15 bar pressure and rechargeable battery into the car's cigarette lighter. The espresso machine is used in conjunction with Genuine Original Line Nespresso Capsules and can be easily placed in the cup holder.

HAIPHAIK emergency roadside kit: available on Amazon

Although many travelers can get roadside assistance for help in the event of a car breakdown, an emergency kit can get you up and running again when it is not available. The 124-piece kit includes jumper cables, hammers, screwdrivers, utility knives, pliers, tape, shovel, and many other tools.

Cooluli Classic 4 Liter Thermoelectric Cooler/Heater Mini Refrigerator: Available on Amazon

Drink a refreshing drink in the car in hot weather to keep you hydrated, or use the Cooluli mini refrigerator to warm your internal organs with hot tea in cold weather. This lightweight and portable device can hold up to 4 liters, making it ideal for storing food, drinks and snacks in the car, and even keep ice cream cold.

ESCORT IX Lidar Detector: Available on Amazon

Even the most attentive driver occasionally speeds. The Escort IX lidar detector can help you avoid speeding tickets on road trips with voice alerts. Excellent remote detection capabilities and smart functions can alert the driver to the situation on the road ahead, including speed limit, speed camera location, red light, police radar and real-time traffic updates.

Dreamer Memory Foam Cushion: Available on Amazon

The ergonomically designed car seat lumbar cushion fits your entire back and provides you with the support you need for long-distance travel. The seat cushion is made of high-quality memory foam, which absorbs back pressure and promotes a healthy sitting and driving posture.

Oasser Handheld Air Compressor Portable Mini Inflator: Available on Amazon

This compact air compressor is perfect for fast tire inflation, when everything you need is enough to reach the nearest service station. The maximum pressure of 120 psi is also suitable for motorcycle tires, bicycles and inflatable pool toys. The device can be charged from the wall socket at home, and when connected to the car's 12V adapter and the ignition switch is turned on, it can work.

Only 57-piece first aid kit: available on Amazon

The essential kit for road trips includes everything you need for minor emergencies, such as scissors, gloves, gauze rolls and pads, tweezers, plastic bandages, burn ointment packs, antibiotic ointment, and other multi-purpose items. All items are conveniently packed in a durable plastic storage box with an easy-to-carry handle.

Goplus SUV inflatable air cushion: available on Amazon

On a tiring road trip, a short nap is usually the way you need to regain your energy to keep your driving skills sharp. Use Goplus mattresses to sleep comfortably in the car. This mattress is made of eight different airbags, which can be inflated and deflated within minutes, and is suitable for placement in the cargo area of ​​an SUV or the back seat area of ​​a car.

Anzazo car essential oil diffuser: available on Amazon

After several hours of road trips with exhausted passengers, anxious children, and domestic dogs, the interior of the car smelled familiar. Anzazo car essential oil diffuser can restore the scent of your favorite essential oil inside your vehicle. The diffuser is installed on the air-conditioning vent and does not require batteries or water.

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