Best Gift for Road Trippers (2015)


For some, travel means four wheels, big skies and long stretches of asphalt. We're talking road trips! For the past four weeks, USA TODAY 10Best readers have been voting for their favorite road trip gift ideas, and now the results are in!

  • Delphi Connect

    Delphi Connect

    This handy device and accompanying app comes with a subscription that provides countless services useful to avid road trippers: it lets you see your car's battery level, runs diagnostics on your car if the check engine light comes on, it's got a tracking feature so you can find your car in that huge parking lot, plus it allows you to unlock your car from your phone, and generate trip reports so you can see your actual route and other interesting data. Delphi Connect doubles as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, keeping road trippers connected on the go.
    Photo courtesy of Delphi Connect

  • Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage

    Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage

    The Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage device comes in five different colors and, more importantly for road trip travelers, stores 500 gigabytes of content – that's hundreds of movies and TV shows or thousands of songs that can be streamed wirelessly and without a data connection to phones, tablets or laptops for endless entertainment on the road.
    Photo courtesy of Seagate

  • Evolution Pillow

    Evolution Pillow

    It's not always easy to sleep in a car, but the right pillow can do the trick. The Evolution Pillow from Cabeau is made from memory foam, so it'll give the proper balance of support and comfort, plus it's got ear buds and a pocket for a smart phone, so you can fall asleep to your music! A washable velour cover comes in a variety of colors and keeps the pillow fresh and clean for every road trip.
    Photo courtesy of Cabeau

  • MagBak


    We all know not to text and drive, but having use of both your smart phone and both hands on the wheel can be a big benefit for any road trip driver (especially since a phone makes a handy GPS). The MagBak, made for iPhones and iPads, offers a minimalist solution for mounting a device almost anywhere, including a car.
    Photo courtesy of MagBak

  • TechMatte MagGrip Vent Universal Car Mount

    TechMatte MagGrip Vent Universal Car Mount

    For drivers who need hands-free access to their smart phone, the TechMatte MagGrip Vent Universal Car Mount provides the perfect solution. A small magnetic clip attaches directly and securely to a car's air vent, while a slim MagGrip magnetic plate slides into the phone's case to ensure a secure, cradle-less mount in seconds.
    Photo courtesy of TechMatte

  • Scrubba Wash Bag

    Scrubba Wash Bag

    The Scrubba Wash Bag makes doing laundry at a campsite or roadside motel a quick and easy breeze. The 5 oz. bag transforms into the ultimate mobile washing machine, giving dirty clothes a machine-quality scrub in just 3 minutes. Road trippers with the Scurbba can pack lighter and save money by washing their clothes practically anywhere.
    Photo courtesy of Scrubba Wash Bag

  • KRAVE Variety Pack

    KRAVE Variety Pack

    Car snacks are certainly a road trip necessity, but not all are created equal. Road trippers who stock up on KRAVE jerky pre-departure can skip the stale gas station donuts and munch on healthy jerky in flavors like Sweet Chipotle, Chili Lime and Black Cherry Barbecue. The Variety Pack comes with 10 individual-sized bags.
    Photo courtesy of KRAVE Jerky

  • Powercup AC Inverter

    Powercup AC Inverter

    With Powercup AC Inverter, road trippers can keep all their devices charged, including laptops and other devices that run on AC power. This dose of caffeine for your gadgets plugs into a car's cigarette lighter, fits snugly into the cup holder and features two 120-volt AC outlets and one USB power port.
    Photo courtesy of ThinkGeek

  • Maui Jim Sunglasses

    Maui Jim Sunglasses

    Stylish and safety-oriented, Maui Jim sunglasses feature PolarizedPlus2 lenses that provide clear, crisp color and detail with no noticeable distortion fitted to a variety of lightweight frames. The same lens technology that makes colors more brilliant and details more crisp also protects your eyes from glare and UV rays.
    Photo courtesy of Maui Jim

  • Coolest Cooler

    Coolest Cooler

    The Coolest Cooler might just be the last cooler you ever need. This feature-packed device does way more than simply keep road trip snacks cold. It features a blender for end-of-the-day cocktails, a wireless and removable speaker for streaming tunes from any Bluetooth device, a USB charger, interior LED light, bottle opener, reusable plastic plates, a ceramic knife and a divider that doubles as a cutting board.
    Photo courtesy of Coolest Cooler

Best Gift for Road Trippers

Have a road tripper on your holiday gift list? Check out our top 10 winners in the category Best Gift for Road Trippers:

  1. Delphi Connect
  2. Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage
  3. Evolution Pillow
  4. MagBak
  5. TechMatte MagGrip Vent Universal Car Mount
  6. Scrubba Wash Bag
  7. KRAVE Variety Pack
  8. Powercup AC Inverter
  9. Maui Jim Sunglasses
  10. Coolest Cooler

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Anna Hider (Roadtrippers), Biju Sukumaran and Lydia Schrandt (10Best Editor) were chosen based on their extensive road trip experience.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.

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