These Are Thursday's Best Amazon Deals

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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 30.

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

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Black for $44.99 (list price $49.99)

Mpow Selfie Stick Bluetooth, iSnap X Extendable Monopod with Built-in Bluetooth Remote Shutter for iPhone 7/7P/6s/6P/5S, Galaxy S5/S6/S7/S8, Google, LG V20, Huawei and More(Black) for $9.99 (list price $18.99)

Jelly Comb 2.4G Slim Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver, Less Noise, Portable Mobile Optical Mice for Notebook, PC, Laptop, Computer, Macbook - White and Gold for $9.95 (list price $19.99)

Lamicall Universal Phone Stand For Desk (Black,Silver,Red) for (list price )

iPhone 6s Plus Screen Protector, JETech 2-Pack Premium Tempered Glass Screen Protector Film for Apple iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus Newest Model 5.5 - 0813 for $6.99 (list price $19.99)

Quirky Cordies Desktop Cable Management for power cords and charging accessory cables (Black) for $12.99 (list price $14.39)

APIE Portable Wireless Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker IPX6 Waterproof Dual 10W Drivers, Enhanced Bass, Built in Mic,water Resistant,Beach, Shower & Home for $39.99 (list price $159.99)

GMYLE Matte Rubber Coated Soft Touch Plastic Hard Case Print Frosted for MacBook Air 13 inch (Model: A1369 and A1466) - White Marble Pattern Shell Cover for $12.98 (list price $34.98)

Google Wifi system (set of 3) - Router replacement for whole home coverage for $264.00 (list price $299.00)

Digital Voice Recorder by Yemenren, 8GB 3072Kbps Sound Audio Recorder Dictaphone, Double Microphone, Metal Casing, Voice Activated for $29.99 (list price $99.98)

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 $25.99 (list price $35.99)

PodSkinz AirPods Case Protective Silicone Cover and Skin for Apple Airpods Charging Case (Diamond Blue) for $9.95 (list price $21.95)

Arlo Pro Security Camera – Add-on Rechargeable Wire-Free HD Camera with Audio (Base Station not included), Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMC4030) for $179.99 (list price $189.99)

Roku Streaming Stick (3600R) | Portable HD Streaming Player, Quad-Core Processor, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, Point Anywhere Remote (Certified Refurbished) for $31.99 (list price $49.99)

Anker PowerPort 6 60W Wall Charger, 6 USB Ports, High-Speed Charging with PowerIQ and VoltageBoost for $27.99 (list price $79.99)

KITCHEN

Planetary Glass Set by ThinkGeek for $59.00 (list price $64.79)

Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker for $39.40 (list price $65.25)

Professional Bib Apron (Set of 2, Black, 32 x 28 inches) - Durable, String Adjustable, Machine Washable, Comfortable, Easy Care - by Utopia Wear for $10.99 (list price $19.99)

Ninja Professional Blender (BL610) for $82.97 (list price $125.99)

Oenophilia Bali Wine Rack, Natural - 10 Bottle for $56.96 (list price $68.00)

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

Canister Set Stainless Steel - Beautiful Canisters for Kitchen Counter - 8-Piece Medium Sized with Glass Lids and Measuring Cups - Tea Coffee Sugar Flour Canisters by SilverOnyx - 8pc Glass Lids for $54.92 (list price $139.99)

Kitchen Oven Mitts With Non-Slip Silicone Printed - 1 Pair of Heat Resistant Oven Gloves for Cooking,Baking,Grilling,Barbecue Potholders,Tan/Khaki,Honla for $12.97 (list price $21.98)

Vera Wang Wedgwood Polish Noir Flatware 5-Piece Place Setting Set, Black for $89.74 (list price $125.00)

Baker's Edge Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan for $35.95 (list price $39.95)

Neoflam 4pc Mystique Covered Ceramic Stovetop Cookware Set for $60.16 (list price $72.61)

Estilo Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Bar 15 3/4 Inch for $12.79 (list price $15.99)

MAIRICO Ultra Sharp Premium Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears and Multi Purpose Scissors for $12.95 (list price $35.99)

 

HOME

Soap dispenser, Touchless Stainless Steel Automatic Soap Dispenser, IR Infrared Motion Sensor Hand Free Dish Soap for Kitchen and Bathroom for $26.99 (list price $71.99)

Essential Oil Diffuser Aiho 500ml Aromatherapy Diffuser Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier with 7 Color LED Lights, 4 Timer Settings and Auto Shut-Off for Office Home Living Room for $20.99 (list price $28.99)

EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale with Extra Large Lighted Display for $17.95 (list price $29.95)

iRobot Roomba 650 Robot Vacuum with Manufacturer's Warranty for $299.99 (list price $374.00)

LIHAO 12 Piece Set Rustproof Stainless Steel Shower Curtain Rings Hooks for Bathroom Shower Rod for $6.29 (list price $16.99)

Mr. Clean 440436 Turbo Plunger and Bowl Brush Caddy Set for $14.07 (list price $17.41)

LexMod C24 Wishbone Chair in Walnut for $144.99 (list price $154.64)

Lava the Original 14.5-Inch Silver Base Lamp with White Wax in Blue Liquid for $11.87 (list price $16.99)

Honey-Can-Do HMP-03770 Bamboo Laundry Hamper with Natural Liner, 16 by 13 by 25-Inch for $24.33 (list price $44.82)

DII Indoor/Outdoor Natural Coir Easy Clean Rubber Back Entry Way Doormat For Patio, Front Door, All Weather Exterior Doors, 18 x 30" - Cactus for $15.95 (list price $19.99)

WOLTU Shoe Rack 8-Tiers 24 Pairs Tower Shelves Storage Organizer Stand Cabinet Easy to Assemble ACSR1005blk for $23.99 (list price $46.99)

Zuo Modern Park West Coffee Table, Walnut for $237.14 (list price $309.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Brightech - Maxwell Shelf Floor Lamp - Modern Mood Lighting for your Living Room and Bedroom - Shade Diffused Light Source with Open-Box Shelves - Walnut Brown for $59.99 (list price $120.00)

Simple Designs Home LD1036-BLK Bronson Antique Style Industrial Iron Lantern Desk Lamp with Glass Shade, Black for $37.84 (list price $49.99)

Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3 in x 3 in, Marrakesh Collection, 5 Pads/Pack (654-5SSAN) for $5.69 (list price $6.94)

Accuteck All-In-One Series W-8250-50BS A-PT 50 Digital with AC Adapter (Silver) for $16.99 (list price $49.99)

Scotch 2 Roller System, Fast Warm-up, Quick Laminating Thermal Laminator (TL901C-T ) for $29.99 (list price $34.96)

Fred FLYING COLORS Rainbow Tape Dispenser for $10.08 (list price $12.00)

Desk Organizer , Pen and Pencil Holder with Picture Frame By Pensali - Office Supplies Space Saver - Made of Premium Suede Base Faux Leather - Strong Magnetic Clasp - Attractive Design for $21.99 (list price $49.99)

Tech Tools Hand Pen Holder with Magnetic Back - Desktop Madness Series (HS-8040) for $18.29 (list price $19.95)

Epson Expression Home XP-340 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier for $44.99 (list price $54.99)

Casio Inc. HR-100TM mini desktop printing Calculator for $20.83 (list price $23.58)

Evelots 6 Magazine/File Holders & Labels,Assorted Colors & Styles,Multi-Colored for $11.99 (list price $30.00)

Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers, Fine and Chisel Tip, 72-Count for $128.97 (list price $268.00)

Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers, Medium Point, Assorted Fashion Colors, 5-Count for $11.51 (list price $20.00)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Listerine Total Care Zero Anticavity Mouthwash, Fresh Mint, 1 L (Pack of 2) for $11.94 (list price $18.45)

Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Travel Toothbrush, Peppermint - 24 Count for $2.90 (list price $7.99)

Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap - Peppermint 32oz for $15.99 (list price $17.99)

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Very Dry/Sensitive Skin, Fragrance Free 16 oz for $8.78 (list price $15.99)

Bevel Trimmer for $189.00 (list price $199.95)

B.I.G. Natural Pre Shave Oil, 60 ml for $12.95 (list price $25.00)

Gentleman Jon Complete Wet Shave Kit | Includes 6 Items: One Safety Razor, One Badger Hair Brush, One Alum Block, One Shave Soap, One Stainless Steel Bowl and Five Razor Blades for $55.00 (list price $75.00)

Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun for $39.99 (list price $69.99)

Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant, Unscented 2.5oz for $1.88 (list price $4.00)

Goody Hand Mirror #27847 (Pack of 1), 11 Inch, Colors may vary for $5.87 (list price $14.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

LUENX Aviator Sunglasses Polarized for Men Women with Sun Glasses Case - UV 400 for (list price )

Fitbit Alta Band, BeneStellar Silicone Replacement Band for Fitbit Alta HR and Alta Band With Metal Clasp (Classic) for (list price )

Spalding NBA Street Basketball for (list price )

MiiR Insulated Growler Bottle, Blue, 64-Ounce for $43.76 (list price $54.95)

Salton SP1503 Electric S'More Maker, Stainless Steel for $45.99 (list price $49.99)

Gonicc 8" Professional Premium Titanium Bypass Pruning Shears (GPPS-1003), Hand Pruners, Garden Clippers. for $18.95 (list price $39.99)

BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose 1/2-Inch Extra Thick High Density Anti-Tear Exercise Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap for (list price )

YETI Rambler 20 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler with Lid for $15.99 (list price $29.99)

HYSEAS Water Resistant All Purpose, Extra Large Outdoor Blanket, 73 by 80-Inch for (list price )

Coleman Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler for $24.95 (list price $36.99)

Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE for $124.36 (list price $189.99)

Penn Championship Regular Duty Tennis Balls, 12 Can Case, 36 Balls (Packaging May Vary) for $39.99 (list price $52.05)

TOOLS

Power Strip Tower JACKYLED Surge Protector Electric Charging Station 3000W 13A 16AWG 10 Outlet Plugs with 4 USB Slot + 6ft Cord Wire Extension Universal Socket for PC Laptops Mobile for $27.99 (list price $89.99)

WEN 6321 7-Amp 3 in. x 21 in. Corded Belt Sander with Dust Bag for $39.28 (list price $43.64)

Bosch GLM 35 Laser Measure, 120-Feet for $69.00 (list price $79.99)

WEN 4210 Drill Press with Crosshair Laser, 10-Inch for $117.67 (list price $146.82)

Epica Digital Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Radio, Flashlight, Smartphone Charger with NOAA Certified Weather Alert & Cable-ONE CABLE DOES ALL for $21.95 (list price $39.95)

Klein Tools 5139L 12-1/2-Inch Top-Grain Leather Zipper Bag,Tan for $30.40 (list price $39.14)

RAK Magnetic Wristband (1 Pack) with Strong Magnets for Holding Screws, Nails, Drill Bits - Best Unique Tool Gift for DIY Handyman, Father/Dad, Husband, Boyfriend, Men, Women (Black) for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

Carhartt Legacy Tool Bag 14-Inch, Carhartt Brown for $46.10 (list price $54.99)

SZHOWORLD® Portable Brass Screw Lock D-shape Key Holder Creative EDC Keychain tool for $8.99 (list price $29.99)

Armor All 2.5 Gallon, 2 Peak HP, Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, AA255 for $38.79 (list price $49.99)

Black & Decker 71-912 Drill and Screw Bit Set, 45-Piece for $7.88 (list price $13.64)

DEWALT DW4856 Metal/Woodcutting Reciprocating Saw Blade Set, 6-Piece for $9.99 (list price $21.23)

Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier [22-01471] for $24.49 (list price $26.84)

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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