Looking for gifts for a road tripper? Here are my picks for the best road trip gifts.
From road trip essentials to unique road trip gift ideas, you will find something for every road tripping travel lover on your shopping list!
Road Trip Gifts
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1. Car Mount Phone Holder
If the road tripper on your gift list uses their phone for navigation, a car mount phone holder will keep their phone screen in view while driving. I recommend including an adhesive dashboard pad which prevents possible damage from applying the suction cup directly to the dash.
2. Car Phone Charger
A car phone charger is one of the most useful and practical gifts for road trippers. This car phone charger has two ports and has quick charge capability.
3. Iceless Car Cooler
A cooler is a must on long road trip. This iceless car cooler cools without ice which means more room for food and drinks. Its power cord plugs into any 12V DC receptacle (like a cigarette lighter). It is also small enough to fit on the floor board on the passenger side or in front of the back seats.
4. Road Trip Book for Inspiration
Travel coffee table books about amazing road trips and scenic drives will give the road trip inspiration and help them plan their future travels.
For road trip lovers that are also avid readers, consider gifting them a novel about other other people’s road trips. Some of the best travel books about road trips include:
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- The Motorcycle Diaries of Che Guevara
- Not Tonight, Josephine: A Road Trip Through Small-Town America by George Mahood
5. Audible Gift Membership
Listening to audiobooks is a great way to pass the time on a long road trip especially for those driving solo. Consider gifting them an Audible Premium Plus membership which includes access to the all-you-can-listen catalog including thousands of audiobooks and podcasts.
You can select from a 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 12 months gift membership duration. Read about gifting an audible subscription here.
6. Travel Gift Experience Card
A GetYourGuide gift card is a great gift for anyone taking a cross country road trip or a frequent traveler. It can be used towards thousands of day tours, skip the line tickets and other unique experiences around the world. Gift cards can be purchased in various amounts which make for a great road trip gift whatever your budget.
7. Backseat Organizers
Road tripping families can use seatback organizers to hold and organize snacks, water bottles, books and toys. This seatback organizer even has a tablet pocket with a clear touch-screen viewer window designed to hold an iPad or tablet.
8. Seat Gap Filler & Organizer
Have you ever dropped something in the gap between the driver’s seat and passenger seat? This seat gap filler solves that problem. It fits in the gap so that the area can be used to store money and other small items within easy reach.
9. Compression Socks
Road trips frequently involve hours sitting – which can cause swelling and DVT. Add a pair of compression socks as a stocking stuffer to prevent those issues on long road trips. They are also useful for long flights.
10. Roadside Emergency Kit
Is the road tripper in your life prepared for a road trip emergency? If not gift them a roadside emergency kit. This kit comes with 108 pieces including long jumper cables, air compressor, flashlight, a tow strap, first aid supplies and more all packaged inside a handy, portable case.
Are any of these road trip gifts on your wish list for the holidays this year?
Liked this road trip gift guide? Check out some of our other travel gift guides:
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- Practical and Useful Travel Gifts
- Best Eco Friendly Travel Gifts
- Best Gifts for Beach Lovers
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