Best Road Trip Gift Ideas for Adventure Lovers

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Are you looking for that perfect gift for the special person in your life who always seems to be traveling? Sure, they might have the basics, but what would make their road trips more comfortable, efficient, and safer? Or maybe you can enhance their overall experience in ways they never considered.

Check out the list below for some great gift recommendations for anyone who enjoys the adventure of road trips. We’ve got items for beginner and experienced road trippers. We even included a few items that are great for kids (which also helps the adults!).

Best Gifts for Road Trips

National Geographic 50 States Book

A copy of National Geographic 50 States 5000 Ideas is a great resource to have in the car for every road trip. Every state is represented and includes photos, interesting facts, and things to see and do. This book is great for planning a road trip as well as taking some spontaneous detours along the way.

Carpool Karaoke Bluetooth Microphone

For hilarious entertainment on any road trip, a Carpool Karaoke Bluetooth Microphone is a perfect gift. This microphone connects to the car radio through Bluetooth technology allowing both the music and the beautiful singing to come through the car speakers. One of these microphones is sure to bring on the giggles.

Yeti Hopper Portable Cooler

The Yeti Hopper Portable Cooler is the best of the best when it comes to keeping things cool on a road trip. Packing lunch and drinks before heading out in the morning will surely stay cool until it’s time to stop. It’s also totally portable and rugged so it can be brought along on hikes or while finding that perfect picnic spot.

Igloo Thermoelectric Iceless Cooler

If it’s not convenient to stop for ice, the Igloo Thermoelectric Iceless Cooler is a road tripper’s best friend. Simply plug it into the 12V power receptacle in the vehicle and they’re good to go. The long power cord means they can put it virtually anywhere, and its large capacity allows for lots of food and drinks, even for a large family.

Garmin Dashboard Camera

There’s no accounting for the importance of safety when heading out on a road trip. The Garmin Dash Cam Tandem has two cameras that work simultaneously to record the inside and outside of the vehicle. The stunning 1440p clarity and NightGlo feature ensure that in any situation and at any time there will be complete, reliable coverage.

Road Atlas

Another must-have in the car during a road trip is the National Geographic Adventure Road Atlas. You never know when you’ll lose service on your cell phone. And if that should happen, the included detailed road maps and recommended stops will make the road trippers glad they have this resource handy.

Roadtrippers App

A subscription to the Roadtrippers App Plus is a great gift for any road trip as it makes planning along your route a breeze. It also helps you find fun things to do when you need to stretch your legs.

To learn more about what Roadtrippers can do, check out this detailed post about How to Use Roadtrippers by The Stoke Fam.

Teva Slippers

Great for drivers to use both outdoors and in the car, these Teva Slippers are extremely comfortable and versatile. The rubber outsole provides traction and durability, while the collapsible heel allows for easy conversion to a slip-on.

Car Emergency Kit with Portable Compressor

The Car Roadside Emergency Kit includes the essentials if anything should go wrong while on the road. Whether the battery needs a jump or they need to inflate a tire in the dark, they won’t need to worry about finding the right tools. Even in case of a medical emergency, a first aid kit is also included.

National Parks Pass

The America the Beautiful National Parks Annual Pass is an excellent gift for anyone who enjoys road trips. With 423 National Parks across the nation, and with the pass’ unlimited access, they’ll be sure to add some as destinations during their travels.

Tripod for Phone

If you love to watch videos and pictures from road trips, then this is a great, inexpensive gift. The Joby Grip Tight One tripod is compact, light, and attaches right to virtually any smartphone. It sets up in seconds for taking take professional-looking, crisp photos, and videos.

Assorted Snack Boxes

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who likes their adventure to extend beyond the road trip itself, why not add some excitement to their snacking? This Korean snack box adds some intrigue (especially if they can’t read Korean) and includes candies, chips, cookies, and other tasty morsels. If they’re a little less courageous, an assortment of classic American snacks will also do the trick.

AAA Membership

Having peace of mind on a road trip allows the traveler to focus on the adventure ahead. The gift of a AAA Membership will grant them that knowing that if they encounter any type of mechanical failure, help is on the way.

Stasher Bags

Sometimes, a road trip can be enhanced by the most practical items. Stasher bags are a good example of a great practical gift. Whether it’s an open bag of candy or leftovers from dinner, these reusable storage bags keep it fresh. They are also waterproof and leakproof to avoid messes while also being great for the environment.

Insulated Coffee Mug

It’s a pretty safe bet that most people on a road trip might enjoy some hot coffee or tea along the way. Hydroflask Insulated Coffee Mugs keep a beverage hot for hours, are easy to clean, and will almost certainly fit in the cupholder.

Conversation Starters

Whether taking a road trip with close friends/family or with people they’re just getting to know the gift of Table Topics is a glove-compartment must. These conversation starter cards are great to provide some personal interaction along the way.

There are table topic sets for kids as well if you’d like to give them a break from their tablet.

Car Seat Organizer

A great way to stay organized and clutter-free on a road trip is with a car organizer. This is a super practical gift that keeps garbage in its place. A tissue holder and three mesh storage pockets provide a place for all of your essentials.

Audible Membership

An Audible Membership is a great gift for anyone embarking on a long road trip. With unlimited access to countless audiobooks and podcasts, there’s surely something for everyone.

Best Gifts for Road Trips with Kids

Insulated Water Bottle

Make sure the kids stay hydrated with the Takeya Kids Insulated Water Bottle. Beverages stay cold, and the spill-proof design prevents unwanted spills. They’re also extremely durable and are made with BPA-free recycled materials.

Road Trip Travel Activity Kit

Another great gift for the kids along for the ride is the Road Trip Travel Activity Kit. This little box includes lots of fun games as well as activities for the kids to track their road trip adventures. Each kit is completely reusable using the included dry erase markers and includes two sets of all games and activities.

Nintendo Switch Light

For the video game lover, the Nintendo Switch Light will keep them occupied for hours. This handheld-only version of the Nintendo Switch is smaller and lighter but can play the same games like the original. It comes in with a smaller price tag as well.

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