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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, July 13.

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GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

APIE Premium Genuine Wood Corded In-ear Headphones Earbuds Heavy Bass Noise Cancelling Earphones with Microphone for $25.99 (list price $99.99)

Anker PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy and More (Black) for $34.99 (list price $79.99)

Mpow Cell Phone Holder for Car, Windshield Long Arm Car Mount with One Button Design and Anti-skid Base for iPhone 7/6S/6 Plus/6S/6/5S/5,Google Pixel/Pixel XL/Nexus 6/6P/5X/5, LG, HTC, Huawei, etc. for $11.99 (list price $15.99)

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (6ft) Durable and Fast Charging Cable [Double Braided Nylon] for iPhone, iPad and More(Red) for $13.99 (list price $39.99)

The Cube: Turns Quicker and More Precisely Than Original; Super-durable With Vivid Colors; Best-selling 3x3 Cube; Easy Turning and Smooth Play for $9.51 (list price $26.90)

RAVPower Quick Charge 3.0 2-Port USB Car Charger for Galaxy S8 / S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4 and iSmart for iPhone 7 / 6s , iPad mini, HTC and More[Upgrade Version] for $13.99 (list price $49.99)

SARLAR 3D VR Glasses, virtual reality headset Movie Game For IOS, Android, Microsoft& PC phones Series within 4 - 6.5 Inch for $13.99 (list price $69.99)

Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch for Household Appliances,Wireless Remote Light Switch, White (3Rx-1Tx) for $16.98 (list price $26.98)

Trianium Fidget Spinner Pro Metal Series [Black] Phone Stress Reducer Figit toy for Kid Adult [Easy Flick + Spin] Prime Ball Bearing Finger Spinner Hands Focus Toys Perfect For Anxiety,Autism,Boredom for $16.99 (list price $19.99)

Anker Elite Dual Port 24W USB Travel Wall Charger PowerPort 2 with PowerIQ and Foldable Plug, for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus / 6s / 6s Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini 3 / mini 4, Samsung Note 4, and More for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 FPV 2.4Ghz 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Headless Quadcopter Drone UFO with HD Wifi Camera (Black) for $44.98 (list price $54.98)

Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones, Bluetooth 4.1 Lightweight Stereo Earbuds with Magnetic Connection, NANO Coating Sweatproof Sports Headset with Metallic Housing & Built-in Mic (Black) for $20.99 (list price $35.99)

KITCHEN

BLACK+DECKER TO1303SB 4-Slice Toaster Oven, Includes Bake Pan, Broil Rack & Toasting Rack, Stainless Steel/Black for $19.99 (list price $29.92)

Lavish Home Closet Organizer with 6 Shelves, Over the Door Pantry Organizer and Bathroom Organizer by Lavish Home for $21.23 (list price $34.99)

Yay Labs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball Blue, Pint Size for $24.33 (list price $30.43)

Accuweight Digital Multifunction Food Meat Scale with LCD Display Perfect for Baking Kitchen Cooking, 11lb Capacity by 0.1oz, Tempered Glass surface, Black for $9.99 (list price $49.99)

halo AirStep 16" Trash Can, Stainless Steel, 13 gallon for $127.99 (list price $159.99)

GDEALER Silicone Gloves - Meat Claws - Heat Resistant Grilling Oven Gloves Mitts Set BBQ Cooking Gloves with Meat Shredder and Silicone Basting Brush for Cooking, Grilling, Baking, Barbecue for $14.99 (list price $29.99)

Wing Corkscrew Wine Opener by HiCoup - Premium All-in-one Wine Corkscrew and Bottle Opener With Bonus Wine Stopper for $24.95 (list price $35.95)

Habor Instant Read Meat Thermometers, Super Fast Accurate Cooking Thermometer Electronic Kitchen Thermometers with Digital LCD, Fordable Long Probe for Food, Candy, Milk, Tea, BBQ Grill Smokers for $9.99 (list price $20.99)

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Countdown Programmable Oval Slow Cooker with Dipper, Stainless Steel, SCCPVC605-S for $38.99 (list price $54.50)

Simple Modern 30oz Cruiser Tumbler - Vacuum Insulated Double-Walled 18/8 Stainless Steel Hydro Travel Mug - Powder Coated Coffee Cup Flask - Caribbean Blue for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

[20 Pack] 32 Oz. 2 Compartment Meal Prep Containers Durable BPA Free Plastic Reusable Food Storage Container Microwave & Dishwasher Safe w/ Airtight Lid For Portion Control & Bento Box Lunch Box for $14.40 (list price $27.00)

Mr. Coffee Automatic Dual Shot Espresso/Cappuccino System, ECMP50 for $56.99 (list price $99.99)

HOME

BISSELL 9595A CleanView Bagless Vacuum with OnePass for $63.99 (list price $79.99)

Soleaire B-Air FIRTANA-20X 20" Multi Purpose High Velocity Floor Fan for $54.99 (list price $69.99)

Chic Home TB5301-AN 1 Piece Dijon Ultra Plush Micro Mink Waffle Textured Decorative Throw Blanket, 50" x 60", Teal for $26.99 (list price $35.00)

OXO Good Grips Toothbrush Holder for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

Pinzon Blended Egyptian Cotton 4 Bath Towel Set, White for $27.69 (list price $38.99)

FURINNO 99150KO/BK/LB LACi 4-Bins System Rack, Oak/Black/Light Brown for $23.47 (list price $27.11)

La Crosse Technology S85814 Wireless Color Forecast Station for $29.99 (list price $39.99)

Cuddle Baby Gum-Friendly First Stage Soft Tip Silicone Feeding Spoons for Babies, Great Infant Gift Set BPA, lead, phthalate and plastic free, Light Blue/Green, 4 Ounce for $10.99 (list price $24.99)

Household Essentials 26140 CedarFresh Red Cedar Wood Clothes Hangers with Fixed Bar and Swivel Hook - Set of 4 for $11.32 (list price $15.99)

TaoTronics Essential Oil Diffuser, 400ml Wood Grain Aroma Diffuser for Aromatherapy (Noiseless High & Low Mist Humidifier, 14 Hours Continuous Mist, PP Build, Waterless Protection) for $25.49 (list price $69.99)

6 Pack (3 Medium & 3 Large) - HOPDAY Delicates Mesh Laundry Bags, Bra Lingerie Drying Wash Bags ( Black & White) with Zipper for $8.99 (list price $19.99)

Norwood Commercial Furniture Plastic Stack Stools for $41.76 (list price $83.98)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Braun Series 7 790cc Cordless Electric Foil Shaver for Men with Clean and Charge Station - Packaging May Vary for $154.32 (list price $289.99)

American Crew Fiber Pliable Molding Creme For Men 3 Ounces for $8.99 (list price $9.77)

Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen For Acne-Prone Skin, Broad Spectrum Spf 55, 3 Fl. Oz. for $8.99 (list price $10.99)

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 45, 5 Oz. (Pack of 3) for $19.99 (list price $23.91)

Andis 1875-Watt Fold-N-Go Ionic Hair Dryer , Silver/Black (80020) for $16.98 (list price $29.13)

Ovente Battery Operated or AC adapter 8.5 inch SmartTouch Cool, Warm, Daylight LED Lighted Mirror, Tabletop Vanity Mirror, 1x/10x Magnification, Antique Copper (MPT85CO1x10x) for $46.66 (list price $54.99)

Band-Aid Brand Tough-Strips Adhesive Bandages, Durable Protection for Minor Cuts and Scrapes, Extra Large, 10 Count for $2.78 (list price $3.35)

Makartt Oval Nails Tips Clear Full Cover Acrylic False Nails 10 Sizes 500pcs For Nail Art for $6.33 (list price $21.99)

Pampers Baby Wipes Sensitive 9X Refill, 576 Diaper Wipes for $14.39 (list price $19.99)

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin, Dry Touch Face Sunscreen, Oil Free with SPF 60, 1.7 Fl. Oz. for $16.49 (list price $19.99)

Aesthetica Cosmetics Beauty Sponge Blender - Latex Free and Vegan Makeup Sponge - For Powder, Cream or Liquid Application - One Piece for $5.97 (list price $12.00)

Famili 271B Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale with Non Slip Design 11lb to 400lb / 5 to 180kg for $13.99 (list price $29.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Halter Steel Mesh Desktop 3-Tier Shelf Tray Organizer - Letter-Size - Black for $12.99 (list price $39.99)

SMARTRO Electric Pencil Sharpener, Best USB or Battery Operated Heavy Duty for No.2 and Colored Pencil for $12.99 (list price $29.99)

HP Envy 4520 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing, Instant Ink ready (F0V69A) for $59.99 (list price $74.13)

Fellowes Powershred 49C 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder (4605801) for $62.23 (list price $81.20)

HAND CUP PEN / PENCIL HOLDER by Arad Green… for $16.20 (list price $18.95)

HP Paper, LaserJet Poly Wrap , 24Lb, 8.5 x 11, letter, 98 Bright, 500 Sheets / 1 Ream, (115300), Made In The USA for $8.29 (list price $10.29)

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count for $8.76 (list price $17.99)

BIC Velocity Bold Fashion Retractable Ball Pen, Bold Point (1.6 mm), Assorted, 8-Count for $5.00 (list price $7.02)

Westcott Titanium Bonded Scissors, Straight-Handle, Pointed Tip, 8-Inch, Gray/Yellow, 2 Pieces Per Pack (13901) for $6.30 (list price $14.77)

Economy Masking Tape, 3-Inch Core, 3/4-Inch X 60 Yards, Natural Kraft for $4.40 (list price $10.53)

Smart Color Art 140 Colors Gel Pens Set Gel Pen For Adult Coloring books Drawing Painting Writing for $15.99 (list price $70.00)

Avery Mini Ultra Tabs, 1" x 1.5", 40 Repositionable Tabs, Pastel Purple/Blue/Pink (74761) for $3.47 (list price $5.50)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Mpow Waterproof Case, Universal Dry Bag Pouch for Outdoor Activities for Devices up to 6.0" [2-PACK] for $8.99 (list price $16.99)

Etekcity 2 Pack Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern with 6 AA Batteries (Black, Collapsible) for $13.45 (list price $39.99)

Solar Lights,URPOWER 2-in-1 Waterproof 4 LED Solar Spotlight Adjustable Wall Light Landscape Light Security Lighting Dark Sensing Auto On/Off for Patio Deck Yard Garden Driveway Pool Area(2 Pack) for $25.99 (list price $99.99)

LifeStraw Go Water Bottle 2-Stage with Integrated 1,000 Liter LifeStraw Filter and Activated Carbon, Green for $32.83 (list price $49.95)

25Ft G40 Globe String Lights with Clear Bulbs, UL listed Backyard Patio Lights, Hanging Indoor/Outdoor String Light for Bistro Pergola Deckyard Tents Market Cafe Gazebo Porch Letters Party Decor, Black for $15.85 (list price $29.99)

Natural Chemistry Pool Perfect Plus Phos-Free - 3 Liter Bottle for $34.20 (list price $58.68)

Outdoor Projector Screen - Foldable Portable Outdoor Front Movie Screen, Setup Stand, Transportable Full Set Bag for Camping and Recreational Events,74.4 Inch (16:9) by Vamvo for $69.99 (list price $212.15)

2wayz All Metal Body Hose Splitter. Newly Upgraded (2017): 100% Secured, Bolted & Threaded. Easy Grip, Smooth Long Handles Garden Hose y valve. Bonus included: 10 Washers. for $14.27 (list price $19.97)

Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair, Beige for $44.85 (list price $79.99)

URPOWER 16.4 Feet Nylon Retractable Dog Leash with Nylon Ribbon Cord, Hand Grip, One Button Brake & Lock for Small, Medium Dogs for $16.99 (list price $29.99)

MIRA Double Walled Stainless Steel Cola Shape Water Bottle, 17-Ounce - Wood for $19.95 (list price $25.95)

SPRI Vinyl Dumbbells, Set of 2, 10-Pound (Orange) for $30.58 (list price $33.98)

TOOLS

RockBirds Household Hand Tool Kit with Plastic Tool box, Orange, 47-Piece for $19.99 (list price $35.99)

KUWAN Universal Battery Charger With Four Independent Slots And Automatically Stop Charging Fit For 26650 22650 18650 17670 18490 17500 18350 16340 14500 10440 for $9.99 (list price $22.99)

LE Headlamp LED, 4 Modes Headlight, Battery Powered Helmet Light for Camping, Running, Hiking and Reading, 3 AAA Batteries Included for $16.99 (list price $18.95)

Rockbirds Flashlights, LED Flashlight Water Resistant 5 Modes Tactical Flashlight for Camping, Hiking, Hunting for $6.99 (list price $14.99)

Greenlee 0153-02C Screwdriver Set, 7 Piece for $29.46 (list price $39.99)

Mpow Safety Ear Muffs, Ear Protectors Shooters Hearing Protection EarMuffs, Shooting Ear Muffs, NRR 28dB Professional Ear Defenders for Shooting Hunting for $11.59 (list price $19.99)

XHSJ Cut Resistant Gloves in High Performance EN388 Certified Level 5 Protection Food Grade Kitchen Glove for Hand Safety & Hand Guard One Pair 4 Size Available! (Medium) for $6.79 (list price $15.99)

Golden Scute Safety Glasses with Untinted UV Resistant Lenses, (ONE PACK 12pairs) for $11.99 (list price $30.99)

Warmoon E26 LED Light Bulb, 10W RGB Color Changing Dimmable LED Light Bulbs with Remote Control for $9.99 (list price $59.99)

Measurement Tool,HAUSBELL Layout Tools Angle-izer Template Tool Ruler for Builders, Handymen, Craftsmen, Engineers and DIY-ers (2PACK) for $8.99 (list price $15.99)

Master Lock 653D Set-Your-Own-Combination 2-inch Padlock, 1-Pack - Colors May Vary for $7.14 (list price $12.97)

Etekcity MSR-R500 Digital Multimeter , Electronic Volt Amp Ohm Meter with Diode and Continuity Test, Backlight LCD Display (Red) for $12.78 (list price $32.98)

The 10 Best Air Fryers on Amazon

Cosori/Amazon
Cosori/Amazon

When it comes to making food that’s delicious, quick, and easy, you can’t go wrong with an air fryer. They require only a fraction of the oil that traditional fryers do, so you get that same delicious, crispy texture of the fried foods you love while avoiding the extra calories and fat you don’t.

But with so many air fryers out there, it can be tough to choose the one that’ll work best for you. To make your life easier—and get you closer to that tasty piece of fried chicken—we’ve put together a list of some of Amazon’s top-rated air frying gadgets. Each of the products below has at least a 4.5-star rating and over 1200 user reviews, so you can stop dreaming about the perfect dinner and start eating it instead.

1. Ultrean Air Fryer; $76

Ultrean/Amazon

Around 84 percent of reviewers awarded the Ultrean Air Fryer five stars on Amazon, making it one of the most popular models on the site. This 4.2-quart oven doesn't just fry, either—it also grills, roasts, and bakes via its innovative rapid air technology heating system. It's available in four different colors (red, light blue, black, and white), making it the perfect accent piece for any kitchen.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Cosori Air Fryer; $120

Cosori/Amazon

This highly celebrated air fryer from Cosori will quickly become your favorite sous chef. With 11 one-touch presets for frying favorites, like bacon, veggies, and fries, you can take the guesswork out of cooking and let the Cosori do the work instead. One reviewer who “absolutely hates cooking” said, after using it, “I'm actually excited to cook for the first time ever.” You’ll feel the same way!

Buy it: Amazon

3. Innsky Air Fryer; $90

Innsky/Amazon

With its streamlined design and the ability to cook with little to no oil, the Innsky air fryer will make you feel like the picture of elegance as you chow down on a piece of fried shrimp. You can set a timer on the fryer so it starts cooking when you want it to, and it automatically shuts off when the cooking time is done (a great safety feature for chefs who get easily distracted).

Buy it: Amazon

4. Secura Air Fryer; $62

Secura/Amazon

This air fryer from Secura uses a combination of heating techniques—hot air and high-speed air circulation—for fast and easy food prep. And, as one reviewer remarked, with an extra-large 4.2-quart basket “[it’s] good for feeding a crowd, which makes it a great option for large families.” This fryer even comes with a toaster rack and skewers, making it a great addition to a neighborhood barbecue or family glamping trip.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Chefman Turbo Fry; $60

Chefman/Amazon

For those of you really looking to cut back, the Chefman Turbo Fry uses 98 percent less oil than traditional fryers, according to the manufacturer. And with its two-in-one tank basket that allows you to cook multiple items at the same time, you can finally stop using so many pots and pans when you’re making dinner.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Ninja Air Fryer; $100

Ninja/Amazon

The Ninja Air Fryer is a multipurpose gadget that allows you to do far more than crisp up your favorite foods. This air fryer’s one-touch control panel lets you air fry, roast, reheat, or even dehydrate meats, fruits, and veggies, whether your ingredients are fresh or frozen. And the simple interface means that you're only a couple buttons away from a homemade dinner.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Instant Pot Air Fryer + Electronic Pressure Cooker; $180

Instant Pot/Amazon

Enjoy all the perks of an Instant Pot—the ability to serve as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, and more—with a lid that turns the whole thing into an air fryer as well. The multi-level fryer basket has a broiling tray to ensure even crisping throughout, and it’s big enough to cook a meal for up to eight. If you’re more into a traditional air fryer, check out Instant Pot’s new Instant Vortex Pro ($140) air fryer, which gives you the ability to bake, proof, toast, and more.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Omorc Habor Air Fryer; $100

Omorc Habor/Amazon

With a 5.8-quart capacity, this air fryer from Omorc Habor is larger than most, giving you the flexibility of cooking dinner for two or a spread for a party. To give you a clearer picture of the size, its square fryer basket, built to maximize cooking capacity, can handle a five-pound chicken (or all the fries you could possibly eat). Plus, with a non-stick coating and dishwasher-safe basket and frying pot, this handy appliance practically cleans itself.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Dash Deluxe Air Fryer; $100

Dash/Amazon

Dash’s air fryer might look retro, but its high-tech cooking ability is anything but. Its generously sized frying basket can fry up to two pounds of French fries or two dozen wings, and its cool touch handle makes it easy (and safe) to use. And if you're still stumped on what to actually cook once you get your Dash fryer, you'll get a free recipe guide in the box filled with tips and tricks to get the most out of your meal.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Bella Air Fryer; $52

Bella/Amazon

This petite air fryer from Bella may be on the smaller side, but it still packs a powerful punch. Its 2.6-quart frying basket makes it an ideal choice for couples or smaller families—all you have to do is set the temperature and timer, and throw your food inside. Once the meal is ready, its indicator light will ding to let you know that it’s time to eat.

Buy it: Amazon

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14 Essential Products to Bring on Your Next Road Trip

Osprey/Otterbox/National Geographic
Osprey/Otterbox/National Geographic

If you’re looking to travel this summer—but don’t want to get on a plane or bus—then a road trip may be your best bet. Traveling by car allows you to explore new places while also limiting exposure to new people, and with the roads opened up in front of you, there’s no limit to where you can go or how long your trip can last.

Whether you’re exploring national parks, trying the country's best takeout, or just driving over a state line, we’ve put together a list of essential products you need to take along for the ride. And if you want to learn how to plan a safe trip during the COVID-19 pandemic, head here.

1. Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Pack; $160

Osprey

Named the best overall backpack for 2020 by US News & World Report, Osprey’s Farpoint 40 travel pack will help you carry everything you need from your car to your campsite and back again. This pack has no shortage of clever design features, like a stowaway harness and hipbelt, lockable zippers, and a mesh-lined back panel to prevent chafing during long hikes. The pack can hold 20 to 40 pounds and is designed for a larger frame, so if you need something a bit smaller, the Fairview 40 is another great option for a travel pack that will last for many road trips to come.

Buy it: Osprey

2. MLVOC memory foam travel pillow; $20

MLVOC/Amazon

Cars aren't necessarily the most comfortable place to settle in for a nap, but when you're on the road for hours on end, your choices dry up fast. Next time you know you're going to be in the passenger seat or stuck in the back for a few days, try the 4.5-star-rated memory foam travel pillow from MLVOC. The pillow itself offers 360° support, and its flat back is designed to conform to your neck for a personalized fit. In addition to the pillow itself, you'll also get an eye mask, earplugs, and a travel bag to easily bring the whole kit on the go.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Soundasleep queen-sized air mattress; $120

Soundasleep/Amazon

With a 4.3-star rating on Amazon and placement on numerous best-of lists, the SoundAsleep air mattress is a necessity if you're looking to camp out a few nights during your road trip. Inflation just requires a press of the one-click pump—great for campers who want to avoid nighttime critters in a hurry—and the bottom is covered with a SureGrip suction material to avoid sliding. The mattress comes in queen, twin, and twin XL sizes, giving you options in case you're looking to inflate it in the back of a truck or camper.

Buy it: Amazon

4. National Geographic's Road Atlas 2020: Adventure Edition; $18

National Geographic

You won’t always get great service on a road trip, so when you have zero bars—or just want some travel inspiration—National Geographic's Road Atlas 2020: Adventure Edition will take you exactly where you need to go … even if it wasn’t where you pictured in the first place. Featuring updated road maps for all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and even Puerto Rico, you’ll never get lost again. This atlas also includes recommendations for places to visit and profiles on America’s top 24 national parks, making it a portable tour guide that’s even better than Alexa.

Buy it: Amazon

5. AAA Premium Road Kit; $26

AAA/Amazon

Although no one wants to imagine themselves enduring a calamity of any sort while on a road trip, it’s also good to be prepared. This 42-piece road kit comes equipped with heavy-duty jumper cables, duct tape, a screwdriver, cable ties, and more, in case you need to make any quick repairs. Everything comes packed inside a compact carrying case, so it’s easy to throw in the car and take with you from one highway to the next.

Buy it: Amazon

6. UE Boom 3 portable speakers; $149

Ultimate Ears/Amazon

All great road trips should come with a great soundtrack, and with this portable Bluetooth speaker from UE Boom, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite music along with the sounds of the wild (or the quiet of a hotel room). These speakers last up to 15 hours on a full battery charge, and with high-quality surround sound, they pack a powerful punch. They’re also incredibly durable: The speakers are completely waterproof (they can literally float) and they’re designed to handle falls and bumps with ease.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Society6 face masks; $14

Cat Coquillette / Society6

One of today’s road trip essentials is a face mask. And whether you’re into cats, woodland beetles, the solar system, or comic books, Society6 has a design for pretty much everyone (over 1000-plus options!). No matter which one you choose, all the masks feature an inner pocket for disposable filters, and they’re crafted with a pleated, dual layer of fabric to ensure a snug and safe fit. It's also a smart idea to take a pack of disposable masks along for the ride just in case.

Buy it: Society6

8. Otterbox Trooper 12 cooler; $200

Otterbox

No matter what your road trip involves—whether it’s visiting Yellowstone or the country’s biggest ball of twine—you should always have a cold beverage to enjoy after a long day. This 12-quart soft cooler from Otterbox keeps ice for up to three days and is leak-proof to help avoid spillage. The cooler is equipped with a mounting system, allowing you to customize it with accessories, like an adjustable drink holder or a drybox clip, and it even comes with a carabiner bottle opener attached to it for easy access.

Buy it: Otterbox

9. and 10. Power bank and car charger; $30-$35

Otterbox

Even though you’ll be spending most of your time sightseeing, you’ll still want to keep your phone charged for taking pictures and keeping in touch with your loved ones back home. The standard Otterbox fast-charge power bank is designed to charge two devices at the same time, allowing you and a buddy to charge up even when you’re away from your car. The charger includes a USB-A to USB-C cable and is compatible with most major devices.

For charging in the car, you can’t go wrong with Otterbox’s Fast Charge Car Kit. You'll get charging speeds that are up to 3.6 times faster than a basic model, according the manufacturer, and the cable is bend/flex-tested a whopping 3000 times to ensure that it’ll last as long as your road trip memories.

Buy it: Otterbox (Power Bank; Car Charger)

11. Otterbox Dash and Windshield Car Mount; $16

Otterbox

You’ll probably be using your phone’s navigation app while you’re exploring new places, but you want to make sure that you’re doing so safely. Keep your eyes on the road—and still get to where you want to go—with Otterbox’s Dash & Windshield car mount. It’s designed to allow you to insert and remove your phone with only one hand, and its adjustable arms can extend to fit even the biggest phones without blocking any of the buttons. If you prefer a car mount that sits a little lower, this Air Vent Mount from Beam Electronics is a great alternative.

Buy it: Otterbox

12. and 13. Instant coffee and cold brew concentrate; $12-$50

Java House/Amazon

Any road trip veteran will tell you that the most important part of getting through a long drive is staying awake and alert. Enjoy hot coffee on the go—and actually have a decent cup—with these instant coffee packets from Starbucks. All of Starbucks’s instant coffees are made from 100-percent arabica beans, and you just have to pour your packet into a mug, mix with hot or cold water, and enjoy.

If you want something a little colder and a lot stronger, check out the cold brew concentrate pods from Java House. Just as easy as making instant coffee, all you have to do is peel the cap off the pod, pour over ice, add water, and stir. It's easy enough to make, and it'll help cut down on stopping at expensive cafés while on the road. Make sure you bring some portable mugs with you so your coffee can stay as fresh as it was the minute you made it.

Buy it: Amazon (Starbucks Instant Coffee; Java House Cold Brew Concentrate)

14. First aid kits; $22-$125

First Aid Only/Amazon

Accidents happen, and this 299-piece kit from First Aid Only has almost everything you need for basic emergencies. With bandages for cuts and scrapes, creams and cold packs for burns, basic painkillers, alcohol wipes, and more, this light and easy-to-stow kit is an essential travel companion.

If you want something a little fancier—but no less useful—check out this unique first aid kit from Uncommon Goods. The kit includes first aid essentials like multi-use tape, bandages, and antibiotic cream, all stowed in tiny canisters that fit perfectly inside a flashlight tube. This is a great kit to bring with you on trips outside of the car … and even more handy on nighttime hikes. No matter which kit you bring, though, make sure you don’t forget a thermometer. In the small chance you start feeling sick—even if you’ve been wearing your mask and washing your hands—it’s important to have just in case.

Buy it: Amazon (First Aid Only 299-Piece Kit); Uncommon Goods (Flashlight First Aid Kit)

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