A well-stocked car goes a long way when you’re going… a long way. These six products are designed to make the journey even more fun.

By Katy Kiick Condon
June 21, 2019
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Piling into the car to take a trip to see the country's most beautiful sunflower fields or get to a favorite theme park is much more comfortable if you know what to pack for a road trip. After all, bringing the right stuff can keep the whole family relaxed, happy, and carefree—noble goals, especially in close quarters. Stash favorite snacks in a back seat cooler, break out a new deck of cards, and, whatever you do, don’t forget a pillow!

Whether you’re driving a few hours to the beach or crisscrossing the country, these creature comforts will improve the journey, keep the kids from asking “Are we there yet?” and help you capture the sights. Here are a few must-have items to pack for your next adventure.

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Getaway Travel Pillow

Prevent nappers from getting cricks in their necks with this comfy (and cute!) neck pillow. A handy drawstring helps to keep it in position for sleeping, or you can use it to tie onto your carry-on bag.

Buy It: Getaway Travel Pillow, $24, Ban.Do

Image courtesy of Scheels.

Stanley Go CeramiVac Tumbler

Don't stress about drinks spilling while you travel. This versatile tumbler is stainless steel and ceramic to keep hot drinks hot, and cold drinks cold. Plus, it won't sweat or slide around in the cup holder!

Buy It: Stanley Go CeramiVac Tumbler, $30, Scheels

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Interactive Travel Diary and Journal

The Go! Adventure journal is a fun interactive diary to keep kids busy capturing memories during your trip. It'll create the perfect souvenir to cherish from your latest family vacation.

Buy It: Interactive Travel Diary and Journal, $10.18, Barnes and Noble

Image courtesy of Art of Play.

Richard McGuire's Go Fish

What better way to pass time while you travel (or enjoy an evening together) than by playing a fun game everyone knows and loves? Illustrator Richard McGuire's version of Go Fish is a humorous twist on this classic card game, and it comes in a travel-friendly tin.

Buy It: Richard McGuire's Go Fish, $13, Art of Play

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High Road Back Seat Cooler and Play Station

Chill snacks, hold drinks, and keep kids in the back separated. What's not to love? This insulated cooler can easily transport your snacks from the car to the beach, park, or wherever your trip takes you!

Buy It: High Road Large Back Seat Cooler and Play Station, $42.99, High Road

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Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Camera

Enjoy moonlighting as a photographer when you hit the road? This Polaroid is a reboot of the original, with a high-quality lens and rechargeable battery. Use it to capture fond memories of time spent together and reminisce about them for years to come.

Buy It: Polaroid Originals OneStep 2, $99.99, Amazon

Packing the right gear is an easy way to ensure your family's road trip is as smooth as possible. Take away some of the stress of car travel with products that simplify the experience, and of course, make it a fun one!

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