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Top Gear for the Perfect Road Trip

Get out of here! Quarantine is a memory. The country is open and ready for you. The road is calling. Here’s the top gear for the perfect road trip you need to make that big trip into the new new normal even better.

Black Series HQ19 Camper

Black Series 

Ready to go all in for life on the road? This classy, 19-foot home on wheels is ready for deep adventure with a suspension system that allows each tire to move independently, sucking up the hits of rough terrain. But the real selling point is the inside—a full kitchen with stove top, refrigerator, and microwave and a full bathroom with a shower and washing machine mean you really can live wherever you park it. Solar panels keep everything running away from hookup power. $63,995;

Luno Air Mattress 2.0

Air Mattress 2.0

Looking for a way to sleep in your vehicle that won’t require a mortgage? Do it the old-school way (with a touch of class). This durable air mattress inflates right in the back of your car or truck, providing you with a comfy bed no matter where you pull over. Best of all, it comes in two sections so that you and your sleeping partner can set the firmness according to your individual preferences. $280;

Wacaco Nanopresso


Need that shot of crema-frothed goodness to get you through no matter where you wake up? Weighing less than 1 pound and fitting in the palm of your hand this portable espresso maker provides an impressive pour, with 18 bars of stable pressure at your fingertips. $65;

Loki Basecamp | Falcon 9

Loki Basecamp
Falcon 8

Loki, which made a name for itself converting shipping containers into structures, refers to this four-season slide-in unit for an 8-foot truck bed as an “adventure pod.” It’s certainly top gear for the perfect road trip. One high-end place to call home away from home, with all the amenities of any custom van inside and an advanced control system that includes dimmable LED lighting, diesel heating, air conditioning, and an isotherm refrigerator. $135,000;

Snow Peak Milk Bottle

Snow Peak
Milk Bottle

No road trip is complete without that trusty drink bottle. This vacuum-insulated, stainless steel 500ml beauty will keep your iced drinks cool and your hot chocolate steamy while you keep your eyes on the road. $75;

BioLite FirePit Cooking Kit

FirePit Cooking Kit

We have sung the praises of this smokeless, solar-powered fire pit and grill in the past. BioLite improved the system for cooking on the road with accessories that make it even better for preparing food: A griddle will heat up those flapjacks; a grill lid concentrates heat; and a tool kit helps you flip those steaks. $360;

Ball and Buck Premium Waxed Cotton Hat

Ball and Buck
Premium Waxed Cotton Hat

With a sense of old sportsman style, Massachusetts-based brand Ball and Buck brings a bit of class to your road trip lid. We love the waxed cotton which can endure a little precipitation and only feels better the more you wear it. $48;

ENO Kili Map Double Nest Hammock

Kili Map Double Nest Hammock

A collaboration with Outdoor Afro, a nonprofit that builds Black connections and leadership in nature, this special version of ENO’s popular hammock not only offers up the ideal spot to rest when you pull over, it reaffirms participation in the outdoors for populations that have been underserved and celebrates Outdoor Afro’s joyous Mount Kilimanjaro expedition. $80;

Yeti Crossroads 60L Duffel

Crossroads 60L Duffel

One thing is certain—Yeti knows how to build gear that can withstand serious abuse. This roomy duffel can haul all the clothes and gear you need for that big summer road trip. Best of all, its smart design allows you to divide the bag into three compartments. $250;

Smith Riptide


The best sunglasses for the big trip not only protect your eyes from the glare of the sun but also look damn good doing so. The snazzy Riptide features scratch-proof lenses with Chroma Pop, enhancing color and easing the burden on your eyes on those long hauls. $259;

VSSL Java Coffee Grinder

Java Coffee Grinder

Connoisseurs of the bean will appreciate this handy travel grinder. The durable, sleek, hand-powered machine offers 50 settings so that you can dial in the perfect grind for your morning necessity. $150;

OtterBox Fast Charge Standard Car Charging Kit

Fast Charge Standard Car Charging Kit

These days we know you are lost without your electronics, so keeping them juiced up while you are in transit is key. Designed to endure constant bending, this baby gets the job done 3.6 times faster than the standard cord. $35;

Icemule 25L Traveler

25L Traveler

Everyone loves a big hard cooler, but that beast takes up a lot of space in your vehicle. This 35L soft cooler is the answer—able to keep beverages and snacks handy during the drive and serving as the ideal picnic basket when you want to pull over. The big top opening makes everything inside easy to access on the go. $200;

Guzzle H2O Stream

Guzzle H2O

Meet the best system we have tested for keeping your water supply clean and full on the road. This push-button filter will draw and purify water from a  lake or stream or suspect sources in a campground. It provides an impressive 1.1 gallons per minute filtered through a carbon block that removes 99.99% of contaminants. $1,125;

Dermatone Mineral SPF50 No-Touch Sunscreen Stick

Mineral SPF50 No-Touch Sunscreen Stick

You often forget to apply that sunblock while you are driving. Don’t make that mistake. This stick is top gear for the perfect road trip. Easy to keep nearby in your vehicle and won’t get your hands greasy. $10; 

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