Road trip gift baskets are a fun way to surprise and send off someone you know who is taking a big trip. Think, a big bag of stuff personalized to their tastes, style, and destination. A good road trip gift basket will contain a variety of different items that fill different needs: something to plan, something to use, something to wear, something to entertain, and something to eat. Here are some ideas for the best things to include.
Road Trip Gift Basket Ideas
Road Trip Planning Gifts
One of the essential categories to fulfill when filling a road trip gift basket are gifts that will help the recipient plan their road trip. Whether you include guidebook for the destination or route, a map to get them there, or a road trip journal for them to plan and write in, these books are a welcome addition to any road trip gift basket.
Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways
The ultimate road trip guide for inspiration and education on all of the best road trip routes in the US.
Road Trip Journal for a USA Road Trip
Keep the memory or your road trip alive. Use this road trip journal as a keepsake to document your vacation or plan your travel itinerary! The book can be used as a travel diary, logbook, or road trip planner for your car, van, or motorcycle adventure.
Rand McNally Road Atlas
Friends don’t let friends get lost on the road. Even though many of us rely on on our smartphones and Google maps nowadays to get us to our destination, sometimes a good old fashioned paper atlas is a necessity. Atlases allow you to see the big picture when driving across the country and, if technology fails or you’re out of a cell phone service zone, it can come in handy for reference.
Useful Road Trip Gift Basket Ideas
The best things to include in a road trip gift basket are useful things, things that will be helpful to the road tripper on the road.
Magnetic Car Mount
While driving the interstate, you want to keep your eyes on the road. You also, often, need to check your phone quickly for directions or to pick up a hand-free call. This magnetic car mount locks to your air vent keeping your smartphone in place while not blocking any essential car functions. When shopping for gifts for car trips, a magnetic car mount makes for a great addition to your cart.
S’well Stainless Steel Travel Mug
S’well travel mugs keep cold beverages cold for 24 hours and hot beverages hot for 26. Your gift recipient will thank you for the money and time (and environment) she or he will save when filling this stylish vessel up with refreshing water or pick-me-up coffee at the hotel.
Saucemoto Dip Clip
The perfect road trip stocking stuffer for anyone who likes to eat in the car…and that’s everyone! Clip this ketchup/condiment holder into your car’s vent and never eat sauceless drive-through fries again! learn why you need a dipping sauce holder for cars on your road trip here.
Fast Food Gift Cards
Gift cards are a great choice to add to your gift basket. Think of any place you might stop on a road trip and add a gift card for there. This Starbucks for coffee, Burger King for lunch, or a favorite gas station to fuel up.
Things to Wear on a Road Trip
It’s always good to throw in something to wear on your road trip. It doesn’t have to be a whole outfit, but something small like a pair of sunglasses, a scarf, or a pair of socks will really be appreciated.
Sunglasses are a road trip must have. No one wants the sun in their eyes as they are driving down Route 66 or staring at the world’s largest ball of twine.
Infinity Loop Scarf with Hidden Zipper Pocket
A scarf is a great road trip accessory. Throw it on if you’re a bit chilly or wear it to liven up your travel selfies. An infinity scarf with a hidden pocket is great for car travel because you can throw in your wallet and car keys to have them hands free but close by.
These Are My Road Trip Socks
Fun socks always make great stocking stuffers, so a pair of road-trip themed socks are a great addition to any road trip themed gift box.
Road Trip Entertainment Gifts
Road trip games and activity books provide countless opportunities for entertainment in the car.
Shotgun! The Road Trip Game
Shotgun! is a fun card game and car game. Designate a reader and then take turns answering road trip related questions and doing activities.
Travel Bingo Set
Reusable bingo cards provide hours of entertainment for families or friends at home or on the road.
Roadside Attractions Adult Coloring Book
If you know someone who loves roadside attractions as much as I do and are looking for gift ideas for road trippers who love the weird and wacky, this roadside attractions coloring book will allow the recipient to unleash their inner child to color between the lines of some of America’s best world’s largest things.
Road Trip Snacks
You can’t have a road trip gift basket without snacks. Be sure to pack yours up with tasty car-friendly treats!
There are so many options for road trip snacks: chips, pretzels, cookies, crackers… this list is endless! No matter what the recipient’s snacking preference is, there are plenty of choices, so include their known favorite or a variety!
A bottle of a favorite soda, juice, water or other (non-alcoholic) beverage is always a good choice.
Road Trip Gift Bags
No matter what you choose to go in it, no road trip gift basket is complete without the basket itself! You could get any old wicker basket, but a better option is to instead choose a bag that would also serve a purpose on the road.
Road Trip Tote Bag
A tote bag is a great vehicle for containing all of the things in your road trip gift bag. On the road it can serve as a catch-all for things to take in the car, beachwear, or camping supplies. Bonus for gift giving, you can stuff this bag with all kinds of other road trip gifts and stocking stuffers!
Coleman SPORTFLEX Soft Cooler
A cooler also makes a great container for everything in your road trip gift bag. It serves a useful purpose for keeping road trip sandwiches, drinks, and more cool in the trunk.
A backpack is another solid choice for containing the contents of your gift basket. Backpacks are very useful on road trips, whether you’re using them to pack your clothes, as a day pack for out-of-car- excursions, or to pack up extra supplies. It’s a solid, and useful, choice