So you or one of your friends is heading out on an epic road trip. You want to make them a basket full of stuff to take with them. Here are some awesome ideas of things you should include in your road trip gift basket.
The ONLY playing card case that turns into a discard tray so you can keep your cards safe, then play anywhere, anytime! Playing cards in the car is a great way to pass the time, but without the Card Caddy, your decks are all over the place! make playing cards fun again with the Card Caddy!
Contributor: Chris Nichols from Card Caddy
Going on a road trip with a child is challengeing -- especially if he or she has dietary restrictions, allergies or is just a picky eater. Snacks and meals are a must-have! Avoid stopping at gas stations where your options are limited to chips, candy and other non-healthy choices.
Prep a few snacks ahead of time and use Vaya's Tyffyn to keep them cool for hours -- especially handy if there's no room for a cooler! This slim, stainless steel lunch box is comprised of three copper-coated, containers, each closed with a spill-proof lid and stacked in a larger, attractive spill-proof case.
Dividers can be used to keep two types of food in each container without them touching for fussy eaters. And, it all fits in a convenient BagMat, which has a pocket for utensils and doubles as a clean placemat.
Contributor: Martin Stein from Vaya
Drynk travel mugs keep beverages hot or cold for hours, but even more: each one comes with two different lids. The Sipper's magnetic cover keeps drinks from spilling out if you hit a bump and the Gulper makes pouring into the matching cups (also included) easy for sharing.
Contributor: Martin Stein from Vaya
If you love drinking sodas or lemonades from glass bottles but don't want to worry about them breaking (not to mention getting flat and warm) while on the road, the Icy Bev Kooler is the answer. More than a protective metal sheath, its neoprene lining keeps drinks colder longer than koozies while the silicone stopper keeps them carbonated. And, the cap doubles as a twist-off bottle opener.
Contributor: Martin Stein from Grand Fusion Housewares
When an accident strikes and blood starts to flow while on the road, help can take a long time to arrive and the standard first aid kit of some Band-Aids and rubbing alcohol won't be up to the task, especially when children or adults can die from blood loss in minutes.
The unique Audio Bleeding Control Kit provides supplies and “just in time” audio instructions in English and Spanish, along with visual directions, on how to handle three levels of bleeding injuries. The lightweight, portable and comprehensive kits can easily be stored in vehicle trunks or under seats.
Contributor: Martin Stein from North American Rescue
A road trip is about the journey, not the destination. It’s about discovering the best local restaurants shops and sights along the way. On the way to St. Louis you might come across the world’s largest wind chime and James Beard award winning restaurants. You’ll also find an urban national park with the tallest man-made monument in the United States, Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis Missouri.
At 630 feet tall the stainless steel structure was designed to honor those early explores and travelers and their journey westward. Send your traveler off with a tote bag full of dreams and a Gateway Arch Park Foundation membership that includes two free rides tram rides to the top of the arch where they can find the best view of the trip.
Contributor: Samantha Fisher from Gateway Arch Park Foundation
Road trips as fun as they are, can also be uncomfortable at times. For instance, we all know that when traveling along the highway, pit stops leave much to be desired. Travelers walk out felling dirtier than when they walked In. At aquinelle, we’ve created a product to keep you and your fellow travelers happy clean and hygienic.
Aquinelle is an eco friendly replacement to flushable wipes. It is a liquid formula you can spray on your own folded toilet paper at bathroom time. Our specially designed formula is Dermatologist tested, Hypo allergenic, gentle and soothing. You’ll almost feel as though you took a shower down below!
Contributor: Marlene Sardar from Aquinelle
For road trips especially, Hampton Farms’ honey roasted nuts make for the perfect snack that all passengers will absolutely love. Coming in different flavors such as honey maple, sweet and salty, honey chipotle and much more, you’re bound to find a flavor that everybody will enjoy.
Peanuts also offer a ton of nutritional and health benefits. Peanuts can help you get more nutrition in every bite, giving you more energy to live a vibrant life. Some people worry about the fat in peanuts, but it’s important to remember that most of the fat is good fat – 12 grams of the 14 grams total fat are unsaturated – the kind that we should eat more often. As part of a balanced diet, peanuts and peanut butter provide great tasting nutrition.
These tasty treats are road trip essentials and will leave your passengers silent the whole ride there.
Contributor: Jake Freedman from Hampton Farms
The THETA SC ($179) is available in 4 fun colors and is the perfect gift for a road trip because it captures a 360° view of your favorite memories so you can relive them over and over again. Users are also able to share their high quality 360-photos and videos with family & friends through streamlined social media sharing (YouTube, IG, FB). Its sleek and compact design makes the SC easy to use and take everywhere. Attached you will find some low-res product pictures.
Contributor: Kelly Masuda from BOLD Communication & Marketing LLC
The bag is made from an immersion filter, so you can leave it in the cup as long as you like without over-extracting. And it’s nitro-sealed to stay fresh for whenever you want it. Plus, all of the packaging is fully compostable. It's a must-have for a traveler.
And besides being the most convenient way to make good coffee at home or on-the-go, it empowers coffee growers. You can see the farmer who grew the coffee, and revenue from every purchase is shared back with the grower. Your daily habit rewards growers for supporting their communities and environment: the ingredients for better coffee.
Contributor: Shannon Keith from Onda Origins
The cotton, polyester, acrylic blend of this blanket provides maximum durability while still maintaining softness. When packing for a road trip, space is limited. This versatile blanket serves as a ground cover, towel, blanket, seat cover, and more making it the perfect gift.
Contributor: Lauren Ifft from Laguna Beach Textile Co.
Anyone who’s traveled with a toddler knows their car seats get FILTHY. From potty training accidents to spilled food and wet sand from the beach, those car seats go through a lot - and it shows. The NIKO Easy Wash Children’s Car Seat Cover is the only product of its kind: a soft, gorgeous, easily removable car seat cover that comes with a waterproof bottom, cup holder openings and extra pockets on both sides. It’s great as a holiday gift for anyone who has a toddler - but it’s also great to have on hand for those long hours of traveling DURING the holidays.
Contributor: Jinah Kim-Perek from NIKO USA, LLC
The unique muscle salve delivers unparalleled pain relief for the modern man. In addition to its truly remarkable and effective pain relief, the CBD body butter is great for calming the stress of everyday life thanks to its mix of essential oils and soothing scents.
Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics
From the Contributor: We have a traveling luxurious Organic Based sample pack for those of us who prefer natural options over hotel and motel substandard options, even when we're traveling.
Our easy to use, travel sized packs include our Neem and Ayurvedic based shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel - a complete natural solution!
Contributor: Mituri Pradip Sharma from Nim-Véda Australia
Keeping it Positive was started with the hopes of spreading POSITIVITY and building self-confidence for everyone to know they can do anything they put their mind to!
Saying Positive Affirmations to ourselves, we naturally start to believe them and change our thinking to be more positive!
Contributor: Debbie Oser from KeepingitPositive
- WATER RESISTANT. Keep your most important gear dry and safe and don’t bother about tough weather conditions
- LIGHTWEIGHT AND DURABLE. This heavy-duty waterproof backpack it’s made up of abrasion resistant and puncture proof nylon fabric. Easy to wipe clean thanks to the TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) lamination, which provides long-lasting performance and waterproofing
- LARGE ROLL TOP OPENING 20L SIZE. Our dry backpack is big enough to fit everything you need for your adventure! There is more than enough space for everything you might need for your next trip to the beach or out on the boat. The internal pocket comes very handily to store small objects like a book, a small tablet, phone, keys, wallet, and cards, etc
- PADDED SHOULDER STRAPS are made of a soft and breathable air-mesh for added back comfort which provides a great level of breathability in hot conditions. The ergonomic padded back panel is designed for a comfortable fit and feel when carrying even if fully packed
Contributor: Ion Popa from Kleemont LTD
These shampoo and conditioner bar sets would be a perfect addition to any road trip gift basket! Ours are different than other in the industry because we don't use any artificial scents or fragrances and they don't contain any nasty chemicals like parabens. Also, for each item sold we plant one tree and we're a member of 1% for the Planet. That means 1% of each sales goes to even more environmental causes.
Contributor: Liz McKenna from Almanac Organics
Playing cards have always been a good take-along on road trips (even as a loner, you could play Solitaire), and now there’s a fun way to combine that with learning a language. LINGO does just that in an entertaining and easy way, learning key phrases in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin….even Aussie and British slang.
Contributor: Barry M. Schwartz from Schwartz Public Relations
Psi Bands are stylish acupressure wrist bands, a clinically-proven, FDA-cleared and patented medical device, for the relief of nausea due to motion/travel sickness. They are drug-free (i.e. don’t cause drowsiness and/or dry mouth like over the counter medications), come in fashionable/FUN colors, adjustable for personalized comfort and fit, affordable, and available at major retailers.
- Uniquely fashionable (available in several fun colors), waterproof (no soggy wrist bands), adjustable for a personalized and comfortable fit, affordable, and reusable.
- Clinically proven in double blind randomized studies.
- Drug free/natural option. No more drowsiness or dry mouth caused by over-the-counter medications.
- Acupressure has been around for more than 5,000 years. It has been embraced by western society because it’s efficacious, affordable, and drug free. Psi Bands come two per package; one band is worn on each wrist.
- They come in a compact travel case – can easily be stored in the glove compartment, travel bag, purse.
Contributor: Romy Taormina from Psi Bands
Non GMO and made with REAL sugar (no high fructose corn syrup), the Candy People packaged line features fun Scandinavian-inspired shapes and is the perfect on-the-go snack for kids (and adults!) of all ages. The line also includes sugar free options that are diabetic friendly.
- Swedish Dala Horse: Raspberry, citrus and pineapple flavored gummy candy shaped like the hand-carved wooden toy horses that are now a treasured symbol of Sweden.
- Sour Viking: Strawberry, pear, cherry, black currant, lemon and orange flavored sour gummy candy inspired by the chieftain-led Scandinavian tribes that lived during the Viking Age in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
- Sour Melon Logs: Sour watermelon flavored chewy candy shaped like the old logs found in the mystical forest of Trollskogen, or the Forest of Trolls in English.
- Gummy Kicks: Mixed fruit flavored gummy candy sneakers with tutti frutti soles.
- Sour Skulls: Sour mixed fruit flavored gummy candy shaped like one of the most popular Swedish candies enjoyed by Swedes of all ages on Lördagsgodis or Saturday's candies in English.
- Sugar Free Cola Bottles: Cola flavored gummy candy shaped like everyone's favorite soda bottle.
- Sugar Free Pigs: Strawberry flavored marshmallow candy inspired by the importance of the pig in Scandinavian culture.
- Sugar Free Exotic Fruit: Tropical fruit flavored gummy candy inspired by Sweden's love of fresh produce from exotic islands.
- Sugar Free Fish: Berry flavored gummy candy shaped like the herring fish (known as strömming in Swedish).
Contributor: Sarah Langhorst from Candy People
Teach My Learning On The Go encourages hands-on-learning while travelling. The simple and lightweight carrying case allows little ones to learn their basics, while on the go.
A magnetic dry-erase board with coordinated magnets and learning cards provides the perfect spot to encourage learning on the move. From the alphabet and numbers to colors, shapes and word building, your mini scholar will be so busy having fun, they won’t even realize they are learning!
Contributor: Christy Cook from Teach My
Compass Rose International Travel Adapter a budget-friendly stuffing stuffer for frequent travelers. You can charge 3 devices at once so you can make the most of hotel and roadside stops. Plus, it's red so you won't leave it behind on a white hotel room wall.
Contributor: Alexandra Jimenez from Travel Fashion Girl
These are the ONLY luggage organizers that are color *and* number coded so you'll be able to quickly identify all of your belongings without the need to unpack and repack everything at each hotel stop! Bonus points for road trips: they can also keep you (and your kids') stuff organized so there's less of a mess all over the car.
Contributor: Alexandra Jimenez from Travel Fashion Girl
A great gift basket idea for a grand road trip adventure is a satellite dish or antennae. Satellite TV is a great option at home, but it really shines on the road. Because the TV signals for satellite are beamed from space, they’re available anywhere with a clear view of the southern sky—no cables or other clunky infrastructure necessary.
This makes satellite TV an ideal choice for when you need something portable and can’t plug into a standard cable outlet, such as when you’re tailgating, camping, or RVing.
Contributor: Kylie Kates from CableTV
With 60 creative and hilarious games, you’ll definitely have something to choose from:
- Play our version of H-O-R-S-E by guessing which radio station number will have music (vs. static)
- Start a dance-off at the next rest stop
- Try not to laugh while playing Daddy Don’t Do Dat
- Get a friend to meow on the phone, by only meowing when you call them!
- Do your civic duty and send a pre-addressed envelope to the White House from wherever you are on the road. Say WHAT? (Whatever you want!)
Contributor: Jason Lautenschleger from Barry & Jason Games
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