For some, travel means four wheels, big skies and long stretches of asphalt. We're talking road trips, and our readers have voted these items as the 10 best gifts for those who prefer to travel by car.
1. Hipcamp Gift Card
Hipcamp give you access to thousands of campgrounds across America — Photo courtesy of Brandon Heath for Hipcamp
With a Hipcamp gift card, the recipient can book campsites at ranches, farms, vineyards, nature preserves and public sites across the United States. Choose from 16,373 campgrounds in all 50 states, with options in every national, state, regional and Army Corps park.
To buy: hipcamp.com, Any amount
2. Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket
Stay cozy with the Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket — Photo courtesy of Rumpl
Packable and lightweight, the Original Puffy Blanket from Rumpl is made with the same materials used in high-end sleeping bags and insulated jackets. Whether curling up in the back seat or living the van life, this blanket keeps you warm and cozy.
To buy: rumpl.com, $65-$159
25 percent off sitewide plus a free beer blanket with every blanket purchase at checkout
3. VIM & VIGR Compression Socks
VIM & VIGR Compression Socks are perfect for long car rides — Photo courtesy of VIM & VIGR
Sitting in the car for extended periods can be hard on the legs. VIM & VIGR compression socks come in a variety of playful designs and help prevent leg swelling and other complications that stem from sitting for too long.
To buy: vimvigr.com, $32.95
35 percent off sitewide from Black Friday through Cyber Monday; 2-for-1 grab-bags for $25 on Cyber Monday only
4. eBags Mother Lode Weekender
Fill up your eBags Mother Lode Weekender — Photo courtesy of eBags
This carry-on travel backpack from eBags is perfect for organizing everything you might need on a weekend road trip. There’s a dedicated laptop compartment, as well as an expandable zipper to add 10 percent more packing space. A fold-down shelf in the main compartment splits the bag in half.
To buy: ebags.com, $129.99
5. FIXD Sensor
FIXD Sensor provides peace of mind on the road — Photo courtesy of FIXD
The FIXD Diagnostic Sensor offers peace of mind, especially when that cryptic Check Engine light comes on. The sensor plugs into a vehicle and connects to an app to alert drivers of possible problems, send maintenance reminders and offer estimated cost for fixes before going to the mechanic.
To buy: fixdapp.com, $59
6. The Tinkle Belle
The Tinkle Belle helps make nature your restroom — Photo courtesy of The Tinkle Belle
The Tinkle Belle allows road trippers to skip the questionable roadside public restrooms and gives them the peace of mind that they’re free to go whenever and wherever. No squatting. No disrobing.
To buy: thetinklebelle.com, $27.50
7. BioLite PowerLight Mini
BioLite PowerLight Mini offers convenience in a clippable form — Photo courtesy of BioLite
This clippable lantern from BioLite can be charged using a car’s USB port for up to 52 hours of handsfree LED light in the car or on the go. The clipstand can be used to wear, hang or prop on a table, and the 135 lumen lantern comes in white, bright white, red, white strobe and red strobe modes.
To buy: bioliteenergy.com, $39.95
8. YETI Hopper
This YETI Hopper will keep things cool for days — Photo courtesy of YETI
This leakproof portable soft cooler from YETI will keep things cool in your car for days. The Hopper comes in five different sizes to accommodate eight to 23 cans, including a version that can be carried like a backpack.
To buy: yeti.com, $199-$299
9. Leatherman Wave +
Leatherman Wave + is 18 tools in one — Photo courtesy of brian.ch / Flickr
The Leatherman Wave + comprises 18 tools in one convenient package, including needle-nose pliers, replaceable wire cutters, a wire stripper, straight-edge and serrated knives, a saw and spring-action scissors. At only 4 inches in length, it’s small enough to keep in the glove box for easy access when you need it on the road.
To buy: leatherman.com, $99.95
10. America the Beautiful Pass
America the Beautiful Pass gives access to thousands of locations — Photo courtesy of National Park Service
The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass unlocks access to more than 2,000 federal sites, including national parks, national wildlife refuges and national forests. The pass covers admission, amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle.
To buy: usgs.gov, $80