Open roadIf you live in the city, road trips offer an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle and breathe some fresh air.  If you live in the country, a road trip represents a chance to go somewhere exciting and experience something new.   You could opt to venture off the beaten track and pack nothing but a sleeping bag, ice chest, and a map.  Or you could get fancy and buy an RV to have all the comforts of your own home. 

No matter where you are from or what you are trying to get out of your road trip, there are a multitude of accessories out there to make your adventure more comfortable and exciting without having to break the bank.   

Some items have been, and will always be essential for any adventure.   Make sure to bring an atlas along, just in case Google Maps doesn't work when you are hundreds of miles from civilization.  Good atlases will also include nearby landmarks and points of interest.   Another must-have is a first aid kit.  Accidents happen, unfortunately, and it is always nice to be prepared.   Another good thing to have on hand at all times is a roll of duct tape.  If MacGyver can use it to make a hang glider, just imagine how adventurous your road trip can be!

If you are toting the entire family along, or trying to fill up every seat available to save on gas costs, the Sherpak Go! is a must.   Unless the people in the back seat want to cram in like Tetris pieces, a lot of the luggage and amenities are going to have to go on a roof rack.  Unfortunately, roof racks need a host of attachments and locks and end up costing a few hundred dollars for something you'll use sparingly, and which will most likely find a permanent home in the garage or on the side of the house.  The Sherpak Go! is great because you can use it with or without the racks that run along the roofs of some cars.   Essentially a backpack for your car, it is spacious, waterproof, lightweight, and foldable so you can tuck it away neatly into a closet until your next trip.  

Long drives result in sore backs.  Commuters have sat on couch pillows and a score of different car cushions have been on the market for years.  Luckily for us, Tempur-pedic has joined the fray, and now makes their own SeatCushion.  Their mattresses might be out of a lot of people's price range, but the affordable SeatCushion will relieve a lot of stress from the lower back that results from sitting for an extended period of time.

A lot of people go on road trips to get away from technology, but for music, navigation, local search, communication, camera, and diversion, an iPhone is a must.  How else can you check Yelp reviews to see which restaurant to eat at, get directions, keep in contact with loved ones at home, and have all your music with you for the journey?  Thanks to our friends at Octa for writing this great article about road trip apps.  

If you want to make the trip even better, bring an iNAV wireless remote.  Instead of having to reach for your iPhone or iPod to change songs and risk getting a hands-free ticket, tuck it away in a secure spot and control it with the touch of a button.  The iNav will work with any iPod or iPhone, and will allow you to pause or play, change tracks, and adjust volume with convenience and ease.  It can even clip to your steering wheel for unparalleled accessibility.

Whether you are heading out for a weekend adventure, or hitting the road for good, there are a number of ways to get the most out of your trip.


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