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    31 Road Trip Essentials Now That We've Been Let Out Of Our Isolation Quarters

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    In some brilliant news for Aussies, lockdown restrictions are slowly loosening all over the country.

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    Let's not get ahead of ourselves though — full details on travel guidelines can be found here.

    Slowly but surely, our feeds are less banana bread and more local getaways. If you're hoping to get in on the escapism — whether on a long drive or overnight camping trip — everything you need is here:

    1. This magnetic phone holder for your car, because you need to keep your eyes on the road — and not on the floor when your inevitably falls out of yet another phone cradle.

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    This phone holder comes with a magnetic disk that you can either stick to your phone or your phone case, for instant 360° GPS viewing ability.

    Promising review: "I have been through so many phone cradles. Time after time, phones will just fall after driving over a speed bump and not provide the security they promise. This magnetic device is brilliant — I never have to worry about my phone falling and can view the screen in both landscape and portrait mode with a single rotation. The base of the holder extends and tilts in any direction, making it perfect to use in either the driver or passenger front seat."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $16.99.

    2. And this Bluetooth receiver, which makes it possible to listen to your favourite tunes, should your car have an AUX cord but no Bluetooth capabilities.

    Round Bluetooth receiver attached to car centre console.
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    Promising review: "We recently bought this old school car with none of the usual Bluetooth pairing capabilities. I thought I'd forever have to be at the mercy of whatever was playing on the radio (shock horror), but then my husband bought me this handy device. You simply connect to the device using Bluetooth, which in turn is linked up to car speakers using the auxiliary port. Now, I can play as much Carly Rae Jepson as my heart desires."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $35.99.

    3. An Audible subscription, for when you need a break from talking over each other.

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    Not only will you get through your to-read list faster, but a subscription entitles you to monthly credits to use towards whichever book you want. Among the many titles are Where The Crawdads Sing, The Giver Of Stars, and Celeste Barber's memoir, Challenge Accepted!, which she narrates herself.

    You can buy a one-month, three-month or 12-month membership.

    Buy a one month membership from Audible for $16.45.

    4. This electric hand warmer, for ill-advised hikes in the mountains in the middle of winter.


    You can adjust this ~handy~ gadget's temperature all the way up to 45°C — perfect for warming cold fingers! Plus, it charges USB-compatible devices, should your portable charger run out of juice. Its rechargeable battery lasts for up to three hours — though if you need one with longer life, there is also a model that lasts six hours!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $52.96.

    5. This boot organiser, which will sort out all the gear your friends have insisted on hauling along with them for the trip.


    Unlike other boxes or whatnot that you might currently be using to store things in your car, this sturdy boot organiser is designed with a non-slip, waterproof bottom — no sliding around on your seats or around your boot! A collapsible design means you can bring it with you on grocery trips and the side pockets keep handy any receipts or manuals you don't want cluttering your glove compartment.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $39.99.

    6. This car charger, because you fell asleep before plugging your phone in last night (again) and you need its GPS.


    This compact and powerful car charger is fitted with two USB ports and an LED light for visibility at night. Pushing out a combined 24 watts of power, you'll be able to charge two devices quickly and simultaneously.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.99.

    7. This car essential oil diffuser and humidifier, which is ideal for calming that road rage you really should work on.


    Whisper-quiet, you needn't worry about this brilliant addition to your car breaking your concentration when driving. Both an essential oil and humidifier, it's advised you add a drop of eucalyptus oil to the water tank to kill bacteria and allergens in the air.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $24.99.

    8. This inflatable back seat gap filler, for just an extra bit of surface when you need to take a rest on long road trips.


    This inflatable seat gap filler can hold up to 300g (!) and is suitable for most household sedans and some SUVs. Don't worry about having to use your lungs for inflation — it takes only two to three minutes with an electric pump connected to the car lighter socket. The flocked material on the surface is comfy, while the rear is of a waterproof, anti-dust, easy-to-clean fabric.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia now for $31.99.

    9. This Maglite torch, because we've all arrived at a camping ground later than we expected and still had to erect our tents.

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    So, I own this bad boy and can whole-heartedly recommend it. A rotating head takes it from full power (really bright, you don't want to accidentally flash this in someone's eyes) to low or eco modes. You can create a flood or spotlight, making it the perfect tool to use when camping or to avoid stumbling around in the dark after a blackout.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $69.20+.

    10. This car seat cover, should your fur baby be coming along for the trip.


    The designers of this back seat cover have thought of absolutely everything to keep your pet calm and happy on car trips. It is waterproof, scratch-resistant, padded for comfort, has a fine mesh window so you remain in their line of vision — plus, pockets for snacks and toys!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $45.27.

    11. This medical grade first aid kit, which is a much better use of your glove compartment than the manuals and receipts currently filling it.


    God forbid you ever need it, but you know the saying — hope for the best, plan for the worst. Packed with 210 essential items — including an instant cold pack, various shapes of bandages, disposable gloves and an emergency blanket — this first aid kit definitely deserves to take up permanent residence in your car.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $26.99.

    12. This uKeg, which keeps beer fresh and carbonated for up to two weeks, because you should always have access to a frothy, cold one — no matter where in the wilderness you are.


    Whatever it is — beer, cider, cocktail — this mini keg will keep it carbonated for up to a fortnight and cold for a day. An adjustable cap with pressure gauge maintains your desired level of carbonation. Other than lugging an esky around everywhere, I'm not sure of an alternative to beer on the go, so...

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $270+ (available in two colours).

    13. This two-person camping tent, which only takes the one person to set up.


    Thanks to its waterproof nylon construction, this two-person tent is suitable for all seasons. Lightweight and compact, it's easily carried on backs during walks to the camping ground.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $119.

    14. This inflatable mat, which takes only 10-15 breaths(!) to construct.


    Forget lugging along an air pump to your campsite and never worry about feeling small rocks under your sleeping bag again. Plus, thick air cells minimise the movement of air, which eliminates the risk of air leaking.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $41.99.

    15. This electric mosquito swatter, which also works for the pesky flies we have to deal with the vast majority of the year.


    You think that the weather cooling would have an effect on these pests, but no — venture but a moment from my front door and I'm instantly harassed by mozzies. This number one best-selling item in insect and pest control on Amazon, it is an effective (and kinda fun) alternative to trying to squish these bugs between your hands.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.99.

    16. This brilliant drink peg, ideal for pit stops when you want to lie in the grass and need somewhere to put your bevvie.


    This simple, but brilliant invention holds a variety of glasses and bottles when stuck into the ground. You get four with your purchase, so if you're not travelling with a group, feel free to use for a glass of red, white, pink and orange.

    Buy a pack of four from Myer for $7.47.

    17. This brilliant book, Normal People by Sally Rooney, should you be in the passenger seat and looking for a way to fill the hours ahead.

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    No doubt everyone from your best friend to your aunty has told you to read this book — and in case you've been dragging your feet, here's yet another person. Intimate (almost excruciatingly so), frustrating and beautifully written, it follows Connell and Marianne — two wildly different individuals — who are hopelessly drawn to each other despite their personal traumas and miscommunications.

    Buy it in paperback for $12 or on Kindle for $8.79 from Amazon Australia.

    18. This Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2, which will withstand anything you throw at it — including water! Perfect for long hikes with mates.

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    I'd write an essay about why you should get this portable speaker, but no doubt you've been lusting after one for a while now. 360° sound (that infamously deep bass!) and 13 hours battery life, it is seriously waterproof and drop proof. Like, it actually floats, so you needn't worry about it getting damaged if you accidentally drop it in a stream somewhere.

    Buy it from The Good Guys for $129.

    19. This SPF15 moisturiser, because you're kidding yourself if you think that cloud cover and grey skies means less UV rays.

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    So, chances are you already cleanse, tone and moisturise (and about a dozen other things if you follow a Korean skincare routine), but if you live in Australia, you should definitely be working sunscreen in there somewhere. Enter: The Essano Rosehip SP15 Moisturiser.

    Honestly, I love everything about this range (I keep the toner on my desk for whenever I need a pep) — the signature rosehip oil and vitamin E keeps skin hydrated, while the mineral SPF protection protects from the harsh Aussie sun.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $16.95.

    20. And this Hawaiian Tropic Duo Defence Sunscreen Lotion, for everywhere else on your body.

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    If you've reached the end of your sunscreen lotion and are looking for an alternative to that primary-school-swimming-carnival scent, do I have the thing for you. Hawaiian Tropic products feature a lightweight moisturising formula (none of that cakey feeling!) and best of all — they smell divine.

    This one is called the Duo Defence Lotion and it's my favourite. It has your essential layer of protection against UV rays, but also an anti-pollution layer, designed to prevent premature ageing effects from sun and pollution.

    Buy it from Woolworths for $8.75.

    21. This sun visor-attached, sunnies holder, because stuffing a car with people is a good way to get your sunnies broken — keep them up and out of the way.


    Where have these been all my life?! Honestly, whenever I open a glasses case — whether it be at home, in the car or elsewhere — my sunnies are never anywhere to be found. This sunnies holder not only holds up to two pairs of glasses, but can also be used to hold cards you always want within reaching grasp in the car — like parking tickets or your debit card for Maccas runs.

    Buy a pack of two from Amazon Australia for $12.99.

    22. This car sunshade, because there's nothing worse than returning to an oven of a car.


    I know I'm not the only one who sits down in their car sometimes, only to immediately stand up again for fear of heat stroke. You could pump the air-con for 15 minutes before getting in, but that's not too energy efficient. Instead, invest in this foldable sunshade – made to fit most windscreens – and reduce the inner temperature by 10ºC and the dashboard temperature by more than 20ºC.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $18.90.

    23. This Timberland 6-Inch Premium Waterproof Boot, which is perfect for keeping your toes snug and blister-free on your hikes.

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    The design everyone thinks of when you say "Timberlands". This — the original of the iconic brand's boots — it is constructed of premium, seam-sealed, waterproof leather (ie. lasts forever) and offers support to your ankles and hardworking soles with all of the padding.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $59.87+.

    24. This Coleman Quad Cooler Armchair for kids, which quite frankly, is maybe more luxe than my offspring need, but whatever gets them outdoors.

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    At the risk of sounding like an old lady, my parents always just had me sit on the grass. However, after months of being stuck in the house, I'd happily use the purchase of this chair as a way to keep my kids engaged in the outdoors for as long as possible. Fitted with an insulated cooler on one arm (!), a mesh drink holder and a padded back rest, your kid will have no complaints being torn from their screen with this seat fit for royalty, giving you more precious minutes with Mother Nature.

    Buy it now from Amazon Australia for $22.90.

    25. This Coleman Stadium Seat, which is a compact, easily transported alternative to folding chairs in the boot.


    This water-resistant seat can be used to provide back support — or unfolded, as cushioning for both you and a mate. It's easily rolled up, comes in three different colours (blue, red, black) and even has a mesh pocket to keep your cold ones close at hand.

    Buy it now from Amazon Australia for $11.50.

    26. This portable charger, which will come handy, should your phone die in the middle of the bush and ages away from your car.

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    Dual USB-A ports allow you to charge two devices at the same time and it is designed to avoid over-current, over-voltage, overheating and short-circuiting.

    Promising review: "I like this portable charger because it actually looks and feels nice. Its something that I’m happy to chuck in my backpack or take on walks and not feel like a tech nerd. It has a huge battery and actually displays how much juice is left, compared to coloured light indicators."

    Tom Scott

    Buy it from Kogan for $55.

    27. This insulated drink bottle, which will keep your water cold and grip to surfaces (no spills!).

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    Okay, I'm not sure if it's normal to be loyal to a bottle, but loyal I am. This double-walled, vacuum-insulated, stainless steel bottle keeps my water chilled for the duration of any car ride (and longer) and grips to any surface, avoiding spills. Plus, a handy loop makes for a comfortable hold.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $47.44.

    28. This waterproof bag, which will keep your belongings safe and dry near bodies of water.


    Shoes and socks, phone and camera — there are many essentials that we need take with us on boats and the like, that run the risk of getting wet. This sturdy, waterproof bag is closed by simply rolling down the opening and closing a buckle.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.99.

    29. This compact lantern, which will protect your candle and push it upwards as it burns.


    This lightweight and compact lantern is designed so that its glass is protected when not in use. As your candle burns, a spring pushes it upwards, keeping light consistent for hours. Plus, a side reflector enables you to direct the light where you please.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $40.47+.

    30. These car bag hooks, which will make room for your mates' legs and snacks in the back.


    Easily snapped onto headrest poles, these sturdy, rotating hooks will clear up floor and seat space of bags or umbrellas. Lined with silicone rubber, they won't damage your car and will remain snugly in place. When not in use, you can simply rotate them for effective space saving.

    Buy a pack of four from Amazon Australia for $13.99.

    31. And finally, this keychain car escape tool, which will enable you to cut through your seatbelt and break windows in an emergency.


    Rather than that keyring from the Grand Canyon and gym pass you never use, may I suggest this life-saving tool to hang from your keys? Compact yet bright (so easily spotted in the dark), this car escape tool was originally developed for first responders and now can be carried by every driver. A protected blade cuts through jammed seat belts and a small but effective steel spike shatters glass when needed.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $32.72.

    My reaction when my mates tell me plans for the weekend.


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