I know it can be hard to find the perfect birthday gift or Christmas gift for the travelers in your life which is why we put together this of the 10 best gifts for road trippers. In this gift guide, I’ve included a variety of items to fit a wide range of budgets so that regardless of your holiday spending, you can find exactly the gift you need before your friend or family member hits the road for their next adventure of a lifetime.
This year, Brandon and I have taken more road trips and have fallen in love with it! I can’t say that I’m completely surprised that Brandon and I are becoming road trippers. I grew up in a family of 5 (parents, myself, and two siblings) so if we traveled it was almost always by car. Our trips were always long drives to a destination so not truly a road trip where you stop along the way and enjoy the journey but it definitely made me comfortable being in a car for a long, long time.
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Best Gifts for Road Trippers
Road tripping is one of those activities that doesn’t require a lot of gear or highly specialized gadgets although some of them sure are nice to have and can make those long drives a lot more comfortable.
Road trippers are usually the kind of people that thrive on flexibility and spontaneity. In fact, according to MMGY Global’s 2017 – 2018 Portrait of American Travelers study, the top reason people take road trips is for the ability to make stops along the way. That is followed by the ability to pack everything needed for the road trip in the car, and lower vacation costs. It’s important to keep those road trip benefits and travel goals in mind when choosing
Dual Dash Cam
One of our favorite gifts for road trippers is this dual dash cam from
KAMMOCK Flag Hammock
This hammock is, by far, our favorite to take along on road trips. It is ultralight and feels like silk but it is able to hold up to 400lbs so it’s far more durable than other hammocks on the market. If the road trippers in your life enjoy stopping at parks or other scenic locations while they’re on the road this is a great gift idea. Plus, at under $50 it’s a total steal! Get more details.
This KAUKKO backpack is THE. BEST. especially if the road trippers you know are also travel bloggers or vloggers. It’s stylish and can fit a 15″ laptop so if they plan on recording their adventure from the road this is a great asset. They can use the multi-device charger I list below and keep their laptop with them to post their journey. If they aren’t travel bloggers or vloggers this pack is able to hold a lot of personal gear, is lightweight, and easily stores in tight spaces. Get more details.
Gifts for Road Trip Beginners
These gift ideas include road trip essentials that beginner travelers probably don’t already have on hand.
Adventures, My Road Trip Journal
This road trip journal is so fun and one of my favorite gifts for road trippers, especially beginner travelers. These pages in this journal encourage you to record the details of your adventure including sightseeing, where you slept, the route you took, and anything unique you stumbled on along the way. It’s a great keepsake and also includes blank pages for random memories and notes. Get more details.
Lifeline Emergency Kit
By the time road trippers become experienced pros on the road, they have the essential emergency items locked down but beginners might not think about keeping a flashlight with spare batteries on hand as well as basic first aid supplies and other tools. This Lifeline kit has all of the essentials in an easy-to-carry case that fits snugly in your trunk without taking up too much room. Get more details.
Most travelers are sure to pack an extra charger before heading off on a road trip but what happens when you run out of ports? Rather than having all of your charging ports full and cords flying everywhere, a multi-device charger like this one allows you to charge multiple devices at once from the same place. It’s compatible with smartphones, tablets, and more so you can stay connected and fully powered. Get more details.
Budget Gifts for Road Trippers
Gifts for road trippers and travelers don’t have to be expensive tech and outdoor gear. Sometimes the most useful gifts are the ones that don’t break the holiday budget. The gifts here are exceptionally affordable and make great gift ideas.
Road Trip Soap
Every road tripper knows that after a day on the road you feel a little grimy and in need of a good scrubbing. This road trip soap is one of my favorite budget gift ideas because even if the recipient has one they’ll still need and use more. We love that this soap comes in a tin so you can store it until it’s all used up rather than buying soap wrapped in cardboard or paper. It smells woodsy and earthy; I love it! Get more details.
Genius Earth Pocket Blanket
The Genius Earth Pocket Blanket is so much more than just a blanket. It folds up small enough to toss in a backpack or handbag yet it is the size of a large sheet when laid flat. It’s durable, waterproof, and rip-proof so it works in all conditions and in all environments. It also has corner pockets so you can weigh it down or use ground stakes to hold it in place. For picnics or other outdoor time, it’s truly an ideal budget gift. Get more details.
CHICMODA Collapsible Water Bottle
When you’re on the road, space is crucial which is why I love this particular water bottle so much. It folds up when you’re not using it and becomes about the size of a deck of cards. It’s also BPA-free and leak-proof so whether it’s being used in the car or out exploring, it’s a perfect fit. Get more details.
Twist Memory Foam Pillow
Unless you plan on booking a hotel every night (which quickly becomes a huge expense) you’re going to find yourself sleeping in your car, at a campground, or in that hammock I mentioned earlier. All are perfectly acceptable but neck strain and cramps are going to hit hard if you don’t have a good pillow. This twist memory foam pillow is one of our most loved gifts for road trippers because you can twist it to adjust to where you’re sleeping. No matter where you’re laying your head, this pillow works. Get more details.
Now that we have two dogs, road trips are the only way we travel. We avoid putting our dogs on a plane as much as possible because of situations like the ones United has been involved with over the last year or two. We also don’t like leaving the dogs behind with a dog-sitter for security reasons although we certainly feel more comfortable now that we have our Ooma.