15 Gift Ideas for Road Trippers

Not sure what to get the road-warrior in your life? From practical to cozy to just plain fun, these gifts will help your loved one hit the road in style.

1. A Travel Guide

The ultimate guide to America’s best road trips, The Open Road features 50 Best Road Trips in the USA, with mile-by-mile highlights like outdoor adventures, kitschy roadside attractions, weekend getaways, and more.

2. Polarized Sunglasses

aviator sunglasses

Don’t leave your loved ones squinting in the sun: these aviator sunglasses are polarized, with UV protection and thin temples that keep a driver’s peripheral vision wide open.

3. Portable Car Jump Starter

portable car jump starter

Getting stranded with a dead battery on a lonely road sounds like the stuff of horror movies—but it doesn’t have to be. This portable jumper is small enough to fit in a glovebox, has a helpful LED light, and can jump start cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and even yachts (you know, just in case).

4. Awake Dark Chocolate Bars

chocolate bar and purple wrapper
Just the right size for a stocking stuffer, these caffeinated chocolate bars will keep drivers focused for long stretches when there’s no coffee stop in sight.

5. Matador Mini Pocket Blanket

folded up travel blanket

This tiny blanket is downright magic. When packed away, it’s smaller than your hand, but unfolds into a durable picnic blanket for two—perfect for rest stops and mountaintops alike.

6. Hydro Flask Water Bottle

blue water bottle with black spout

This stainless-steel water bottle keeps water cold without any condensation, and the sport cap makes it easy for drivers to keep a hand on the wheel and avoid spills. It’s a win-win.

7. EverBrite Mini LED Flashlights

four flashlights in pink, yellow, green, and blue on a table with black background

In a sticky situation, it’s best to have more than one flashlight on hand. These LED flashlights come in fun colors and have a soft rubber grip. They also glow in the dark, so you can locate them quickly in an emergency.

8. MadLibs on the Road

family madlibs book cover

The longest and most tedious highway journeys call for Mad Libs. Stuff this in the stocking of your favorite road-tripping family and they’re sure to have a _________(adjective) time.

9. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

blue polaroid camera

This instant camera is both practical and trendy, complete with a built-in selfie mirror and an extra close-up collapsible lens. Get this for the young road-tripper in your life who wants to document everything along the way.

10. Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler

white ice cooler

Made for the most serious road-tripper on your list, this Yeti cooler means business. With extra thick walls and a freezer-tight seal, it protects against extreme temperatures—and bears!

11. Travel Pillow

black travel pillow with mask and ear plugs

This super-soft travel pillow also comes with earplugs and an eye mask, so passengers can rest up for their next stint behind the wheel.

12. Cell Phone Mount

phone in a suction-cup mount connected to a car windshield
For easy access to a map app or that Spotify playlist, a cell phone mount is a must-have for safe driving.

13. Travel Bingo

blue travel-themed bingo cards

Bingo is an old-school classic, fun for the whole family (or group of adults, no judgment here!).

14. Car Seat Cushion

seat cushion on a chair
Don’t let discomfort dampen the road trip experience—give those car seats an upgrade with Purple’s Simply Seat Cushion.

15. Travel Toiletry Kit

road trip toiletry kit
This handy travel toiletry kit from Pinch Provisions has a little bit of everything to keep road trippers feeling fresh on their journey.



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