The best of…road tripping
Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow
You could catch some shut-eye by leaning your head against cold glass, but “do yourself a favor and bring a compressible pillow that’s actually comfortable.” This soft-foam pillow packs down to the size of a tissue box. $20, backcountry.com
Handpresso Auto Hybrid
“When there’s not a Starbucks in sight,” this on-the-go espresso maker “has you covered.” Plug it into the cigarette lighter, add water and coffee pods or grounds, and you may be surprised how good the brew is. $129, wholelattelove.com
iClever Himbox HB01
If you’re driving an older ride and want to listen to tunes from your smartphone, this Bluetooth adapter can be “a cheap and easy upgrade.” It doubles as a charger, and best of all, passengers will be able to crank their playlists, too.
Sea to Summit Silk Stretch Mummy Liner
This machine-washable silk sleeping-bag liner “makes scratchy motel linens a lot more bearable.” It wicks away moisture, has spandex panels that move with you as you toss or turn, and packs down to the size of an apple.
PackIt Lunch Bag
The soft-sided Packet Deluxe picnic bag can hold food and drinks for four people and has built-in freezer gel in the walls. Place the empty bag in the freezer the night before you travel and your food will be cold for hours.