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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, August 3.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Codenames for $14.99 (list price $19.95)

Bluedio T3 (Turbine 3rd) Extra Bass Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Stereo Headphones (Black) for $39.99 (list price $79.99)

DSSY Stress Spinner Fidget Finger Dice Anti-Stress Release Toys for Children/Adults for $2.40 (list price $11.99)

AUKEY CC-S1 Car Charger, Flush Fit Dual Port 4.8A Output for iPhone iPad Samsung & other - Black for $8.99 (list price $12.99)

TrackR bravo - Bluetooth Tracking Device. Key Tracker. Phone Finder. Wallet Locator. Generation 2, Silver for $26.64 (list price $29.99)

Petcube Play: Pet Camera with 1080p Video, 2-Way Audio, Night Vision, and Laser Toy for $155.66 (list price $199.00)

Wemo Mini Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Works with Amazon Alexa for $34.99 (list price $34.99)

VicTsing MM057 2.4G Wireless Portable Mobile Mouse Optical Mice with USB Receiver, 5 Adjustable DPI Levels, 6 Buttons for Notebook, PC, Laptop, Computer, Macbook - Black for $9.49 (list price $19.99)

SanDisk Cruzer Glide CZ60 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ60-032G-B35) for $9.99 (list price $17.99)

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive 32GB for iPhone and iPad, Black/Silver, (SDIX30C-032G-GN6NN) for $35.41 (list price $59.99)

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones, Best Wireless Sports Earphones w/ Mic IPX7 Waterproof HD Stereo Sweatproof Earbuds for Gym Running Workout 8 Hour Battery Noise Cancelling Headsets for $36.97 (list price $169.99)

DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker with HD Sound and Bass (Black) for $32.99 (list price $89.99)

Pebble 2 se for $55.97 (list price $99.99)

Celestron EclipSmart ISO Certified, 2017 North American Total Solar Eclipse Refracting Telescope, White (22060) for $89.95 (list price $99.95)

KITCHEN

AmazonBasics Coffee Storage Carousel for K-Cup Pods - 32 Pod Capacity for $12.99 (list price $26.99)

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker with Digital Timer, Stainless Steel , SCCPVL610-S for $31.98 (list price $59.99)

Oster Pro 1200 Blender 3-in-1 with Food Processor Attachment and XL Personal Blending Cup for $56.98 (list price $89.99)

BLACK+DECKER TR1278B 2-Slice Toaster, Bagel Toaster, Black for $15.99 (list price $21.48)

Royal Air-Tight Food Storage Container Set - 5-Piece Set - Durable Plastic - BPA Free - Clear Plastic with Black Lids for $28.97 (list price $69.99)

Oster Large Capacity Countertop 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven, Black/Polished Stainless, TSSTTVMNDG for $63.98 (list price $102.44)

1byone Digital Kitchen Scale Precise Cooking Scale and Baking Scale, Multifunction with Range From 0.04oz (1g) to 11lbs, Elegant Black for $9.34 (list price $23.99)

LauKingdom Cast Iron Cleaner - XXL 8x8 More Efficient Stainless Steel Chainmail Scrubber for $14.99 (list price $49.99)

Utopia Kitchen Premium Class Stainless-Steel 12 Knife Set with Acrylic Stand for $33.99 (list price $299.91)

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

1Easylife 18/8 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons, Set of 6 for Measuring Dry and Liquid Ingredients for $8.99 (list price $19.99)

Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel for $14.98 (list price $23.99)

HOME

Homemory Realistic and Bright Flickering Bulb Battery Operated Flameless LED Tea Light for Seasonal & Festival Celebration, Pack of 12, Electric Fake Candle in Warm White and Wave Open for $8.99 (list price $17.99)

NICETOWN Thermal Insulated Grommet Blackout Curtains for Bedroom (2 Panels, W42 x L63 -Inch,Grey) for $20.95 (list price $53.72)

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) Warm White for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Mesqool AM/FM Digital Dimmable Projection Alarm Clock Radio with 1.8" LED Display,USB Charging,Dual Alarm,Battery Backup for $24.99 (list price $46.99)

ThermoPro TP50 Hygrometer Thermometer Indoor Humidity Monitor with Temperature Gauge Humidity Meter for $8.99 (list price $19.99)

ComfiLife Coccyx Orthopedic Memory Foam Office Chair and Car Seat Cushion for Back Pain and Sciatica Relief (Gray) for $32.94 (list price $59.95)

Lipper 8833 Bamboo Collection 7-Piece Coaster Set for $5.89 (list price $12.99)

The Original GORILLA GRIP Non-Slip Area Rug Pad, Made In USA (5' x 7') for $13.49 (list price $26.79)

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)

BEST BABY HAND & FOOTPRINT PICTURE FRAME KIT for Boys and Girls, Cool & Unique Baby Shower Gifts for Registry, Memorable Keepsakes Decorations for Room Wall or Table Decor, Premium Clay & Wood Frame for $25.97 (list price $40.00)

Wundermax Decorative Door Stopper With Free Bonus Holders, Door Stop Works on All Floor Surfaces, Premium Rubber Door Stops, The Original (3, gray) for $12.99 (list price $24.99)

Avalon Twin Window Fan with 9 Inch Blades, High Velocity Reversible AirFlow Fan, LED Indicator Lights Adjustable Thermostat & Max Cool Technology, ETL Certified for $39.99 (list price $49.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Nail Lamp, 36W UV LED Nail Dryer Eye&Skin Friendly White Light- Portable Quickly Dry Gel Nail Polish Lamp- Automatic Sensor, 3 Timers for $39.99 (list price $59.99)

Baby Thermometer Forehead Accurate Digital Infrared Thermometers for Children and Adults with Fever Indicator for $28.99 (list price $69.99)

Miserwe Hair clippers Professional Hair Clipper with Hairdressing Cape USB Charger Quiet Barber Clippers for Adult and Baby Cordless Rechargeable haircut clippers with hair comb scissors Haircut Kit for $28.98 (list price $74.94)

Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Dental Teeth Whitening Strips Kit, Glamorous White, 21 Treatments + BONUS Crest 3D White Radiant Mint Toothpaste for $27.30 (list price $39.99)

Slant Tweezers - TweezerGuru Professional Stainless Steel Slant Tip Tweezer - The Best Precision Eyebrow Tweezers For Your Daily Beauty Routine! for $9.97 (list price $15.00)

HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron hair straightener, with Glove, Pouch and Travel Size Argan Oil Leave-in Hair Treatment (Packaging May Vary) for $39.99 (list price $49.99)

Goody Hand Mirror #27847 (Pack of 1), 11 Inch for $6.58 (list price $14.99)

Nexcare Waterproof Clear Bandages Assorted Sizes, 100 Bandages for $8.99 (list price $12.48)

Colgate Slim Soft Charcoal Toothbrush (Pack of 3) 17x Slimmer Soft Tip Bristles for $4.89 (list price $4.89)

GEL Sports Orthotic Insoles for Shock Absorption, Heel Protection and Foot Arch Support - Unisex Inserts - Relieve Foot Pain, Heel Pain and Against Plantar Fasciitis (US Men's 7.5-14) for $13.99 (list price $39.99)

Pampers Baby Wipes Sensitive 7X Refill, 448 Diaper Wipes for $11.64 (list price $15.99)

Dry Skin Body Brush - Improves Skin's Health And Beauty - Natural Bristle - Remove Dead Skin And Toxins, Cellulite Treatment , Improves Lymphatic Functions, Exfoliates, Stimulates Blood Circulation for $9.98 (list price $18.95)

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioning Treatment, Detangler, 8 Fluid Ounces (Pack of 3) for $7.41 (list price $10.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

MyLifeUNIT Fineliner Color Pen Set, 0.4mm Colored Fine Liner Sketch Drawing Pen, Pack of 10 Assorted Colors for $5.95 (list price $7.99)

Sharpie Pocket Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count for $4.97 (list price $12.86)

Washi Tape Set ( Exclusive set of 16 ) - New 2017 Designs - Decorative Washi Paper Tape With Colorful Designs and Patterns - Perfect For Planners, Decorating, Scrapbooking and More for $16.97 (list price $21.99)

Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Clear, Washable, 4 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks for $1.99 (list price $3.29)

Pencil Sharpener UrBen Electric Pencil Sharpener with Double Holes/Auto-Stop Feature and Replaceable Blades for School Classroom Office Home Artists Students (No Cord)-Blue for $15.99 (list price $39.99)

Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar White Board Monthly Weekly Planner 2017 for Refrigerator With Markers Magnets Set (15.7" x 11.8") for $13.99 (list price $56.39)

RamPro 3pc World's Most Efficient 3” Letter Opener Envelope Slitter Set for $5.89 (list price $12.99)

LED Desk Lamp, Holan 8W Eye-Care Desk Light ( Ultrathin Aluminum Alloy, Dimmable Lighting Mode, Touch Control Pannel, Memory Function,1 Hour Auto Timer) for Reading/Study/Relaxation/Sleeping for $19.99 (list price $38.99)

GoldStar Craft No Shedding 13pcs Paint Brush Set - Acrylic Face Painting & Watercolor Brushes that Hold their Shape! Best Artist Paintbrushes with Balanced Long Handle - Included Elegant Travel Case for $25.98 (list price $80.00)

STYLIO Padfolio/ Resume Portfolio Folder - Interview/ Legal Document Organizer & Business Card Holder - With Letter-Sized Writing Pad - Handsome Piano Noir Faux Leather Matte Finish & Accent Stitching for $17.95 (list price $39.90)

50 x PowerPins - Push-Pin Magnets Perfect For Home & Office [#1 Magnet For Fridges, Calendars, Whiteboards & Maps!] Handy Storage Container Included Free! for $15.99 (list price $29.99)

Calculator,KDT Handheld Standard Function Desktop Calculator,12 Digit Dual Power for $8.99 (list price $15.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Time Marked Fruit Infuser Water Bottle AQUATIME Large 32 oz – Free Brush For Easy Clean – Convenient To Carry - Leak Proof - FDA Approval BPA Free & Eco – Friendly Tritan Copolyester Plastic for $17.99 (list price $19.99)

Vivero Home Multi-Purpose Japanese Hori Hori Garden Knife + Garden Gloves + Leather Sheath. Stainless Steel Blade with Handguard. Garden Tool for Gardening, Landscaping, Digging, Weeding, Camping for $25.95 (list price $39.95)

Shantihi Hot Yoga Towel – The Best Yoga Mat Towel. Non Slip, Skidless Microfiber. Improve Your Grip and Protect Your Yoga Mat (72” x 24”). FREE Bonus eBook. for $20.97 (list price $34.97)

Nature's Hangout Window Bird Feeder with Removable Tray, Drain Holes and 3 Suction Cups, Large, Clear for $24.95 (list price $35.95)

Camping Hammock, Coofel Portable Double Hammock Nylon Parachute Hammock for Travel Camping with Hammock Straps And Solid Steel Carabiners(Blue & Sky blue) for $25.99 (list price $58.99)

Vivii Solar lights, Bright LED Security Lighting Outdoor Motion Sensor Solar Spotlight flood Lighting for Garden, Patio, Fencing, and Pathway for $32.99 (list price $99.99)

FYLINA Beach Blanket Huge Picnic Blanket Water Resistant Sand Free 7'x9' Oversized Nylon Outdoor Blankets with 4 Stakes Lightweight Portable Picnic Mat Machine Washable for $27.99 (list price $37.99)

Kids Swim Goggles || Swimming Goggles for Kids (Age 2-8 years old) with Fun Car Hardcase for Easy Transportation || Cushioned Frames || Anti Fog Lenses || UV Protection || for $14.95 (list price $25.95)

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 $15.57 (list price $29.99)

Compact First Aid Survival Kit (95 Piece) by Ready First | Travel, Outdoor, Hiking, Emergency, Camping, Hunting, Fishing | Water Resistant, Tactical Molle Straps on Back for $25.95 (list price $32.99)

The Fitness Room Premium Muscle Roller Massage Stick (18") - The Perfect Tool for Sore and Tight Muscles, Relieving Muscle Pain/Soreness, Exercise and Sports Performance, and Increased Flexibility for $15.99 (list price $21.95)

Kinzi Resistance Band Set with Extra Door Anchor, Extra Ankle Strap, and Carrying Case for $22.99 (list price $49.99)

Cool-Shop Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Extending Roaster Set of 8 32 Inch Extendable Forks For Perfect Smores & Hot Dogs At The Campfire for $16.49 (list price $35.99)

TOOLS

CUXUS 2 Pack Car Safety Hammer, Window Breaker Seatbelt Cutter Auto Bus Emergency Escape Tool, Vehicle Window Punch Glass Breaker Auto Rescue Kit Life Saving Hammer with Holder for $9.49 (list price $11.97)

GlowGeek 120 to 3000 Grit Sandpaper Assortment, Dry/Wet, 9 x 3.6 Inch, 42 Pieces,Sand Paper for Automotive Sanding, Wood Furniture Finishing, Wood Turing Finishing for $9.96 (list price $24.99)

25 in 1 Precision Screwdrivers Set,Phillips Torx Flat Screwdriver Tool Set with Black Bag for Macbook,Mobile Phone,PC Laptop,Tablet,iPad,Watch,Car Keys for $10.01 (list price $25.99)

Premium Knife Sharpening Stone 2 Side Grit 1000/6000 Whetstone | Best Kitchen Knife Sharpener Waterstone | NonSlip Bamboo Base & Angle Guide for $35.99 (list price $59.99)

Rose Pruning Gloves for Men and Women. Thorn Proof Goatskin Leather Gardening Gloves with Long Cowhide Gauntlet to Protect Your Arms Until the Elbow (Medium) for $25.95 (list price $49.99)

Flashlight, Tonicstar Waterproof LED Flashlight with Adjustable Focus Black for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

Active Kyds Safety Glasses for Kids Construction Costumes or Protective Eyewear with Microfiber Pouch for $7.99 (list price $8.99)

UBANTE Measuring Tape Measure 1-Inch x 25-Foot(7.5m) Retractable Heavy Duty with Magnetic Hook, Metric and Inches Measurement - Professional Ruler For Carpenter, Construction, DIY Measurement for $14.99 (list price $29.99)

ANY-ANGLE Multi-Angle Measuring Ruler: FULL-METAL Angle-izer Template Tool Made Of Premium Aluminum Alloy – Perfect For Handymen, Builders, Craftsmen, Carpenters, Roofers, Tilers, DIY-ers & GREAT GIFT for $17.95 (list price $39.99)

UBANTE Quality Electronic Digital Caliper Inch/Metric/Fractions Conversion 0-6 Inch/150 mm Stainless Steel Body Orange/Black Extra Large LCD Screen Auto Off Featured Measuring Tool for $23.99 (list price $69.99)

Knipex 7401250SBA 10-Inch High Leverage Diagonal Cutters for $36.29 (list price $51.37)

Pruning Shears Casfuy SK-5 Steel Blade Bypass Pruner with PTFE Coating and Safety Lock for Garden for $17.95 (list price $79.99)

Vaughan B215 15-Inch Long Original SuperBar for $11.99 (list price $13.06)

Lite-Aid Rechargeable LED Headlamp Flashlight - Convenient Headlight for Camping, Hiking, Walking, and Home Improvement Needs - 5 Functions (Red/White) - 300 Feet Distance - 30 Hours of Light for $19.99 (list price $26.99)

Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Kodak

Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on 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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