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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 25.

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GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Mpow Car Phone Holder, Dashboard Cell Phone Car Phone Mount with Strong Sticky Gel Pad and One-Touch Design for iPhone 7/7Plus/6s/6Plus/5S, Galaxy S5/S6/S7/S8, Google Nexus, LG, Huawei and More for $10.99 (list price $18.99)

[2 Pack] Anker PowerLine Lightning Cable (6ft) Apple MFi Certified - Lightning Cables for iPhone 7/7 Plus 6/6s Plus 5s/5, iPad mini/4/3/2, iPad Pro Air 2 for $17.99 (list price $29.99)

Lexar Professional 1000x microSDHC 32GB UHS-II/U3 (Up to 150MB/s Read) W/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card LSDMI32GCBNL1000R for $24.95 (list price $32.95)

Mpow Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear, Hi-Fi Stereo Wireless Headset, Foldable, Soft Memory-Protein Earmuffs, w/ Built-in Mic and Wired Mode for PC/ Cell Phones/ TV for $36.99 (list price $79.99)

Tiergrade Wireless Mouse, 2.4G Portable Mobile Wireless Mouse Optical Mice 6 Buttons 1600 DPI 3 Adjustment Levels Design with Nano Receiver for Laptop Notebook PC Computer for $7.99 (list price $19.99)

WD 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBU6Y0040BBK-WESN for $119.99 (list price $139.99)

UNITEK Superspeed Aluminum USB 3.0 Multi-in-1 Card Reader for CF/SD/TF Micro SD/SD/MD/MMC/SDHC/SDXC for MacBook Pro Air, iMac, Mac Mini, Microsoft Surface Pro, Lenovo Yoga PC for $11.99 (list price $59.99)

iPhone 7 6S 6 Screen Protector 2-Pack, ESR [9H Tempered Glass/Oleophobic Coating/Self-Installation Tool] 0.33mm HD Clear Premium Anti-Scratch Anti-Fingerprint/Oil/Smudge for Apple iPhone 7 6S 6 4.7" for $6.49 (list price $15.99)

Solar Charger, 10000mAh Solar Power Bank Portable Battery Pack Cellphone Charger with 2 LED Flashlights, Solar Panel with Compass and Carabiner for IOS and Android Cellphones(Orange) for $21.99 (list price $69.99)

Newisland Big League Blaster Gun with Foam Darts and Dartboard for $10.98 (list price $23.99)

GoToys Beach sand toy set, Models and Molds, Bucket, Shovels, Rakes, Mesh bag with pull strings for easy clean, & Reusable Zippered Bag, etc. will keep your child motivated for hours, colors may vary. for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

Tot Tutors Kids 2-in-1 Plastic LEGO-Compatible Activity Table and 2 Chairs Set, Primary Colors for $44.12 (list price $77.00)

KITCHEN

Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer, Strongest-and-Heaviest Duty, Best Veggie Pasta & Spaghetti Maker for Low Carb/Paleo/Gluten-Free Meals, With 3 Exclusive Recipe eBooks for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

ThermoPro TP03A Digital Food Cooking Thermometer Instant Read Meat Thermometer for Kitchen BBQ Grill Smoker for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black for $79.99 (list price $119.99)

Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale, 11lb 5kg, Silver, Stainless Steel (Batteries Included) for $13.98 (list price $39.99)

LIFT Certified BPA-Free Reusable Microwavable Meal Prep Containers with Lids, 28-Ounce, 7 Pack (Includes Ebook) for $10.49 (list price $19.99)

Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker, Black for $14.99 (list price $25.79)

12-Pack KEURIG Compatible Water Filters by K&J - Universal Fit (NOT CUISINART) Keurig Compatible Filters - Replacement Charcoal Water Filters for Keurig 2.0 (and older) Coffee Machines for $9.95 (list price $19.95)

Ninja Professional Blender (BL610) for $79.99 (list price $125.99)

Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel for $17.01 (list price $23.99)

Hamilton Beach 25495 Breakfast Burrito Maker, Silver for $13.49 (list price $49.99)

ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for Smoker Grill Oven BBQ for $53.99 (list price $89.99)

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls by Finedine (Set of 6) Polished Mirror Finish Nesting Bowls, ¾ - 1.5 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 8 Quart - Cooking Supplies for $22.95 (list price $39.95)

Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container, Medium, 6.3 Cup, Green for $7.98 (list price $10.92)

HOME

Sunbeam Steam Master 1400 Watt Mid-size Anti-Drip Non-Stick Soleplate Iron with Variable Steam control and 8' Retractable Cord, Black/Blue, GCSBCL-202-000 for $17.24 (list price $29.89)

BISSELL ReadyClean Full Sized Carpet Cleaner, 40N7 - Corded for $70.13 (list price $89.55)

BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum, 81L2A (Same as 81L2T) for $55.99 (list price $69.99)

Clara Clark Premier 1800 Collection 4pc Bed Sheet Set - Full (Double) Size, White, for $26.63 (list price $31.13)

Whitmor Mesh Laundry Bag w/ID Tag for $4.80 (list price $10.00)

Nine Stars 13.2 & 2.1-Gallon Touchless Automatic Motion Sensor Trash Can, Set of 2 for $64.98 (list price $79.67)

Sunbeam Hand Held Garment Steamer W/10' 360 Degree Swivel Cord for Tangle-Free Steaming, GCSBHS-100-000 for $39.99 (list price $54.99)

Homz Contour Steel Top Ironing Board, Extra Stable Legs, Grey & White Filigree Cover for $28.40 (list price $34.97)

Zenna Home E7803STBB, Over-the-Shower Door Caddy, Stainless Steel for $35.00 (list price $69.99)

AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair for $51.92 (list price $64.99)

InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Cool Mist Diffusers with 7 Color LED Lights Waterless Auto Shut-off, Wood Grain, 200 mL for $23.99 (list price $79.99)

AMIR 10 LED Motion Sensing Closet Lights, 3 Pack DIY Stick-on Anywhere Portable 10-LED Wireless Cabinet Night/ Stairs/ Step Light Bar with Magnetic Strip (Battery Operated) for $19.99 (list price $66.65)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Gillette Fusion Manual Men’s Razor Blade Refills, 12 Count, Mens Razors / Blades for $33.97 (list price $47.99)

FHI Heat Limited Addition Mermaid Platform Tourmaline Ceramic Professional Hair Styling Iron for $99.99 (list price $139.99)

FHI Brands Technique Nano Weight Pro 1850 Tech Hair Dryer for $69.99 (list price $79.99)

Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, White for $19.95 (list price $49.99)

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 45, 3 Fl. Oz., Pack Of 2 for $12.74 (list price $14.99)

Spenco Polysorb Heavy Duty Maximum All Day Comfort and Support Shoe Insole, Women's 11-12 / Men's 10-11 for $10.95 (list price $14.95)

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

Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo For Hair & Body, Tear-Free, 18 Oz. for $8.97 (list price $8.97)

Advil Pain Reliever / Fever Reducer Coated Tablet, 200mg Ibuprofen, Temporary Pain Relief (300 Count) for $14.43 (list price $23.51)

Band-Aid Brand Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages For Minor Wound Care, 100 Count for $5.47 (list price $6.81)

Crest 3D White Radiant Mint Whitening Toothpaste, 3.5 oz Twinpack for $5.71 (list price $7.49)

Wahl Color Pro Complete Hair Clipper Kit with Extended Accessories & cape (# 79300-1001) for $30.45 (list price $30.45)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Black, 12-Count for $7.99 (list price $9.36)

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

Gelmushta Gel Pens 120 Unique Colors (No Duplicates) Set for Adult Coloring Books Drawing with Case for $18.00 (list price $129.99)

Rubbermaid Regeneration Plastic Letter Tray 6 Pack (86028) for $12.79 (list price $15.99)

Ohuhu 80 Colors Dual Tips Art Sketch Twin Marker Pens Highlighters with Carrying Case for Painting Coloring Highlighting and Underlining for $34.99 (list price $80.00)

Rolodex Mesh Collection Drawer Organizer, Black (22131) for $8.84 (list price $13.74)

Paper Mate InkJoy 300RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Black, 24 Count for $7.96 (list price $14.31)

Westcott iPoint Orbit Battery Pencil Sharpener, Black (16244-003) for $9.34 (list price $14.89)

eBoot 2 Sets Page Marker Page Index Tabs Fluorescent Sticky Note for Page Markers, 250 Pieces for $5.57 (list price $10.57)

Samsill Fashion Color 3 Ring Presentation Binder, 1 Inch Round Rings, Customizable, Clear View Binder, 6 Pack Assorted - Electric Pink, Deep Purple, Fern Green for $14.49 (list price $18.29)

Paper Mate Clearpoint Color Lead Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, Assorted Colors, 6 Count for $12.70 (list price $23.23)

eBoot 6 Inches Clear Plastic Ruler Straight Ruler Plastic Measuring Tool for Student School Office, 2 Pack for $5.69 (list price $8.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Fitness Tracker, Ronten R2 Smart Bluetooth Wristband Pedometer Smart Bracelet Sleep Monitor, Waterproof Activity Tracker Watch with Replacement Band for Android & IOS (Black+blue(band)) for $23.79 (list price $75.00)

G4Free 12x25 Waterproof Binoculars(BAK4,Green Lens),Large Eyepiece Super High-Powered Field Surveillance Binoculars for $25.98 (list price $39.99)

Ironman Gravity 1000 Inversion Table for $99.00 (list price $199.00)

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

MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Set of 10 Telescoping Rotating Smores Skewers & Hot Dog Fork 30 Inch Kids Camping Campfire Fire Pit Accessories | FREE Pouch, 10 Bamboo & Marshmallow Sticks Ebook for $14.49 (list price $49.99)

Suncast HSE10 10ft. Extension Hose for All Suncast Hose Reels for $10.87 (list price $14.99)

G4Free Portable Ultralight Outdoor Picnic Fishing Folding Camping Chairs Sports Backpacking Chairs Ground Chair(Adjustable Red) for $29.99 (list price $65.99)

G4Free Outdoor Automatic Pop up Instant Portable Cabana Beach Tent 2-3 Person Camping Fishing Hiking Picnicing Anti UV Beach Tent Beach Shelter, Sets up in Seconds(Light Blue) for $31.99 (list price $59.99)

4 in 1 Camping Cookware Mess Kit 5 Piece, Lightweight Aluminum Cookware Cooking Pan Pot Set For Outdoor Backpacking Camping Hiking Picnic (5 sets) for $24.98 (list price $80.00)

Gonex Travel Camping Hammock, Lightweight Nylon Portable Hammock for Backpacking, Camping, Travel, Beach, Yard(Black+Brown) for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

SUNVP Ski Helmet Integrally Windproof Lightweight Breathable Outdoors Snowboards Adult Snow Sports Helmet (Dark green/Black, L) for $42.99 (list price $128.04)

Razor A Kick Scooter, Blue for $24.94 (list price $44.99)

TOOLS

SHINE HAI Professional Hand Pruner Bypass Pruning Shears with Safety Lock, Tree Trimmers Secateurs, Garden Shears, Clippers for the Garden for $6.99 (list price $39.99)

Rockbirds Flashlights, LED Flashlight Water Resistant 5 Modes Tactical Flashlight for Camping, Hiking, Hunting for $5.99 (list price $14.99)

Cymas Screwdriver Set, 58 in 1 with 54 Bits Magnetic Driver Kit,Precise Screwdriver Set Repair &Disassemble Tool Kit for Cell Phone, Tablet, Clock, Game Console ,etc. for $9.99 (list price $20.99)

Neolight LED Headlamp Headlight, Waterproof Super Bright 8000 Lumen Headlamp Rechargeable 6 Modes Headlights for Climbing, Camping, Walking, Caving, Fishing, Cycling for $19.99 (list price $24.99)

INTEY Multi Plier Stainless Steel 11 in 1 Multitool Knife Foldable Needlenose Pliers With Carry Case for $15.29 (list price $39.99)

Kershaw 1730SS Stainless Steel Zing Knife with SpeedSafe for $22.75 (list price $22.75)

Damaged Screw Extractor and Remover Set by Aisxle,Easily Remove Stripped or Damaged Screws. Made From H.S.S. 4341#, the Hardness Is 62-63hrc,Set of 4 Stripped Screw Removers for $11.88 (list price $39.99)

YARNA Multi-Angle Template Tool - the Original Angle Ruler - Distance Finder Adjustable Best Aid Kit for Measuring and Marking - Construction Pencil Included for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

URPOWER Solar Lights 8 LED Wireless Waterproof Motion Sensor Outdoor Light for Patio, Deck, Yard, Garden with Motion Activated Auto On/Off (4-Pack) for $32.99 (list price $49.99)

Oria Combination Lock, 4 Digit Anti Rust Padlock Set, Metal & Plated Steel and Weather Proof Design for School, Employee, Gym & Sports Locker, Case, Toolbox, Fence, Hasp Cabinet & Storage - Pack of 2 for $6.00 (list price $25.99)

Magic Hue Bluetooth Smart Light Bulb - Dimmable Multicolored Disco Light - Wake Up LED Lights & Sleeping Night Light - Dimmable Multicolored Color Changing Seasonal Celebration Lighting for $12.74 (list price $35.95)

Tensun Travel Plug Adapter International Travel Charger Power AC Socket with Worldwide UK/US/AU/EU/JP Plugs + Detachable Dual USB Ports Max 3.2A for Business Trip for $15.99 (list price $42.99)

MVPOWER 95-piece Home Mechanics Repair Tool Kit - General Household Hand Tool Set with Plastic Toolbox Storage Case for $44.99 (list price $105.99)

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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