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25 Road Trip Essentials to Pack Before You Hit the Gas

No bumps in the road here.

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With so many of us eager to travel again, the road trip is back in style for summer 2021. The playbook is different when you're on the road: You don't have to worry about squeezing your possessions into TSA compliant carry-ons or hoarding bottles of travel-sized shampoos. Instead, a variety of snacks, some good tunes, and creature comforts like socks and blankets take top priority. It's like they say—the journey is half the fun. But before you hit the gas, make sure you're fully (maybe even overly) prepared for said journey. Before you take on the open road, make sure you've got the essential essentials like a spare tire, some jumper cables, and an emergency kit. From there, equip yourself with an arsenal of goods—both practical and frivolous— that will keep you and your road trip pals ever so calm, cool, and collected. Ahead we've got everything you need for a smooth road ahead.

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CozyChic Travel Neck Pillow
Courtesy of barefoot dreams
Barefoot Dreams amazon.com
$75.00

Take advantage of the passenger seat with this oh-so snuggly Barefoot Dreams neck pillow. It will help keep your neck and back aligned, and its poly fiber makeup won't irritate your skin during long naps.

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Weekender Canvas Holdall
Courtesy of Paravel
Paravel matchesfashion.com
$295.00

A protective shell lining, loads of compartments, and a handy shoulder strap make this the ideal weekender. 

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Dezi Eyewear
Courtesy of Dezi Eyewear
Dezi Eyewear dezi.co
$75.00

These tortoiseshell sunnies will protect you from the sun while driving.

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Cotton Jumpsuit
Courtesy of Alex Mill
Alex Mill alexmill.com
$178.00

This vintage-inspired jumpsuit is a no-fuss road trip staple.

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Thermo 33.8 oz. Beverage Bottle
Courtesy of Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Zwilling J.A. Henckels saksfifthavenue.com
$29.99

Keep your coffee hot and your water chilled with this insulated one-touch-to-open thermos.

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Liberty of London Face Mask
Courtesy of Etsy
littleflowerfabric etsy.com
$12.50

It can't hurt to keep a few extra face masks on hand.

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Woodland Throw
Courtesy of Sunday Citizen
Sunday Citizen sundaycitizen.co
$108.00

Crafted from two layers of extra fluffy fabric, this blanket keeps your body temperature regulated and is suitable for all skin types.

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Double Roller Mini
Courtesy of Lululemon
Lululemon lululemon.com
$38.00

Refresh tired car legs with this small, yet mighty, travel-size roller.

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The Inca Bucket
Courtesy of Lack of Color
Lack of Color lackofcolor.com
$129.00

Abolish bad hair days with this raffia bucket hat.

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Active Botanical Serum
Courtesy of Vinter's Daughter
Vintner's Daughter revolve.com
$185.00

Banish dry skin with this serum made from whole plants that won't irritate sensitive or acne-prone skin. 

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Nest Audio Speaker
Courtesy of Nest Audio
Nest Audio Google Nest
$99.99

Ask this compact, easily portable speaker to play your favorite song, podcast, or audiobook. 

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Convertible Belt Bag
Courtesy of Cuyana
Cuyana cuyana.com
$145.00

This handy belt bag is adjustable and convenient for quick pit stops when you only need your cell phone and credit card.

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W Dalton Low-Top Sneaker
Courtesy of Aether Apparel
Aether Apparel aetherapparel.com
$295.00

If you plan on sightseeing along the way, stow away these comfort-forward, ultra-breathable sneakers.

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Drops Discovery Set
Courtesy of Dr. Barbara Sturm
Dr. Barbara Sturm revolve.com
$125.00

This travel sized kit comes with SPF, glow serum, and anti-pollution drops to help keep your skin balanced on the road.

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Insta360 Go2
Courtesy of Insta360 Go2
Insta360 Go2 shopmoment.com
$299.99

Capture every moment of your trip with this action camera that's easily transportable, weighing in at under one ounce.

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Breton Stripe Mock Neck Sweater
Courtesy of Tory Burch
Tory Burch toryburch.com
$298.00

Keep an extra sweater on hand for chilly mornings, brisk evenings, and for places that have the AC on max.

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Hemp-Derived CBD Dark Chocolate Espresso Chews
Courtesy of Lord Jones
Lord Jones lordjones.com
$30.00

These dark chocolate espresso chews are infused with high quality CBD so you can stay awake, yet calm.

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Daniela Shopping Tote
Courtesy of Shopbop
A.P.C. shopbop.com
$95.00

Bring along a classic market tote for shopping pit stops, farmers' markets, and for a place to stash car snacks.

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Outdoor Cooler
Courtesy of Eddie Bauer
Eddie Bauer eddiebauer.com
$165.00

This rugged outdoor cooler is leak-proof and will keep your drinks chilling for a whole 27 hours.

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Run the World
Courtesy of Wthn
Wthn wthn.com
$45.00

The adaptogenic properties in these capsules will help relieve stress while keeping you even-keeled and focused on the road.

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Pajama Set
Courtesy of Studio Nicholson
Studio Nicholson studionicholson.com
$316.00

This airy, loose-fitting short set is a breeze to change in and out of, perfect for the long haul car ride that include overnights. 

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Eucalyptus Towelettes
Courtesy of Herban Essentials
Herban Essentials herbanessentials.com
$16.00

Refresh your senses with these eucalyptus-scented towelettes that are great for hand washing on the go.

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The Agnelli Sock
Courtesy of Comme Si
Comme Si commesi.com
$28.00

Never underestimate the power of fresh socks. This lightweight pair is ultra soft, made from 100 percent Mongolian cashmere.

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Lightning Cable Colorful Wrapped
Courtesy of Etsy
Wrapsodics etsy.com
$28.00

Keep an extra charging cord on hand so you never lose battery power.

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Home Ranch Bandana
Courtesy of Stems Napa Valley
Stems Napa Valley stemsnv.com
$90.00

Fashion this silk scarf around your neck or wear it in your hair as the ultimate no-fuss road trip accessory.

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