If our Spotify playlists are anything to go by (and they so often are), we’re all getting busy preparing for a summer of road tripping.
First things first, this is still a pandemic and when we hit the road again we need to be prepared with a few new and old safety rules to keep everyone healthy. We’ve written you a guide here.
Not to mention working out what to pack. Maybe you’re a bare-minimum road tripper, who wants to sleep in the car with just enough to make it comfy. If so then this is the guide for you. If, however, you’re the type of traveller who likes a little ‘something something’ added to the trip to luxe things up a bit, you’re in the right place.
Here I’ve gathered 6 items that are completely unnecessary to have with you on a road trip, or any vacay, but they make the whole thing bloody nice.
#1 Weekender Bag
I can’t be the only one who thoroughly enjoys having a lovely, aesthetically pleasing piece of luggage. With the rise of the 2020 weekend road trip, comes the perfect excuse to invest in a pretty weekender bag instead of that ratty gym bag that needs a wash.
Personally, I’m obsessed with this vegan leather duffle bag from Tosca Travel Goods.
#2 Packing Cubes
Nobody ever ‘needs’ packing cubes, all you need to keep things organised in your bag is the rolling method of packing. However, packing cubes do just make things delightfully neat and good to look at.
These ones from July are 100 percent washable and stain-proof, which are both added bonuses if you’re on the road for a while.
#3 Travel Pillow
I’ve used just about everything as a pillow on long road trips (yes, I’m one of those people who can fall asleep on transport at the drop of a hat). However, if you’re ready to level up and not wake up with the most uncomfortable crick in your neck, an actual travel pillow can be helpful.
Personally, I’m not about those u-shaped ones, but I’ve absolutely got this scarf-like Infinity Travel Pillow on my wish list.
#4 A Mini Computer
I’m going to go ahead and assume that if you’re here, you’re a bit of a bougie bitch with a lot more glamp than camp about you. I feel you honey. You need movie nights and possibly a game or two to luxe up your vacay.
If I’m right, then you’ll probably be excited about Intel NUC, which is basically a very small yet powerful computer that fits in your hand and connects to the TV, wherever you end up sleeping. It’ll hook you up with portable gaming, movies and even the ability to edit videos or photos (take note, digital nomads).
#5 Noise-Cancelling Headphones
While I have to admit that this one is also not necessary, it kind of is. Especially if you’re travelling with a group and would like a little time to tune them out completely.
Personally, I’m obsessed with my Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones. I’ll admit it’s my first foray into the whole noise-cancelling experience, not to mention sound quality of any level, and I just can never go back now. The battery lasts for 30 hours (perfect for travelling), they’re bluetooth connected and they straight up block out any outside noise — even a train in peak hour.
#6 Tech Organiser
Once again, you can always continue to deal with the inevitable tangle of cords that always happen when more than one charger or set of headphones are in proximity to each other — even when you took the tie to neatly tie them up first. I can’t explain it, it’s just physics (probably).
#7 Picnic Blanket
All those stops for food you’ll make along the way will probably have some sort of public table to use, somewhere. Or you can always hold your food up in your hands, constantly. So a picnic blanket isn’t a need, but just think how much cuter those stops become when you spread out of a cute blanket?
Personally, I’m digging these extra large towels for two from Tesalate. Yes, it’ll also dry you, and we love a double feature.
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Kassia is the Editor of AWOL, and a straight-up travel addict. She was born without a sense of direction, yet an intense desire to explore the world. As such, she's lost 90% of the time but she's learned to roll with it. You can catch her latest adventures on Instagram @probably_kassia.