Do you know someone who loves nothing more than traveling the open road? Who prefers long car rides to short plane trips? Who keeps a National Parks passport in their glovebox and the Roadside America app on their phone? Who will drive anywhere at any time for any reason? If you’re looking for some road trip gift ideas for road trip travelers you know, look no further. We’ve compiled fifty of the best road trip gift ideas that any roadtripper would love!
Whether you need a Christmas present for your road trip loving husband or wife, need birthday gifts for travelers in your family, or just want a special bon voyage present for a loved one taking off on a cross-country adventure, we’ve got you covered. From classic essentials and newfangled gadgets to indispensable books and unique experiences, our recommendations for the best gifts for road trip travelers will have your friends or family thanking you from the road.
- Best Road Trip Gift Ideas for Road Trip Travelers:
- Road Trip Essentials Gift Ideas
- Must-Have Electronic Road Trip Gifts
- Just for Fun Road Trip Gifts
- Road Trip Gift Ideas: Road Trip Books
- Experiential Road Trip Gifts
- Pin This List of the Best Road Trip Gift Ideas for Road Trip Travelers to Save for Your Next Adventure!
- The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book
Best Road Trip Gift Ideas for Road Trip Travelers:
Road Trip Essentials Gift Ideas
There are certain things that every road trip traveler needs: things that keep them safe, on track, and comfortable when traversing their route. Any road trip essential would make the best gift for a cross country road trip from New York to California or a cross-city day trip that ends before midnight. Any one of these road trip gifts would become a must-have item fo the recipient to keep in their car!
1. YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler
Every road trip lover needs a good cooler. They are essential for keeping sodas, waters, snacks, and picnic lunches cool and fresh while on the road.
Good quality coolers like the YETI Hopper make great gifts for long car rides or short day trips.
Bonus: they also make the perfect vessel to stuff with other fun road trip gifts for a Road Trip Gift Basket.
2. Rumpl The Original Puffy Outdoor Camping Blanket (National Parks Collection)
A cozy blanket is always a welcome gift no matter who the recipient. Road trippers know that a warm indoor and outdoor blanket is an indispensable item to keep in the car.
A puffy but lightweight blanket like the Rumpl Camping Blanket can provide an intimate shield while sleeping under the stars, a comfortable layer for backseat passengers, and in-case-of emergency warmth for snow storms and blistery nights.
Bonus: this camping blanket comes in a variety of fun national park themed prints, making it one of the best gifts for road trippers who love exploring the outdoors.
3. Osprey Daylite Hiking Daypack
Whether hiking up a mountain or hiking up to the bar, every road tripper needs a good quality day pack. A smaller-sized hiking backpack allows you to keep your luggage in the trunk and only bring the basics when taking a stroll down a trail or hopping in and out of the car.
Bonus: look for one like this Osprey Daylite Hiking Daypack that has a built-in hydration pocket, making this road trip gift idea into a multi-purpose backpack that is suitable for any adventure.
4. 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. Every road trip lover should have an atlas in his or her car, so it makes a perfect road trip essentials gift.
Bonus: This atlas has expanded coverage of Canada and Mexico, making it one of the best road trip gifts for anyone driving across North America!
5. Lonely Planet USA Planning Map
This durable, folded, road trip planning map contains information about the top country attractions, itinerary suggestions, a transport guide, road trip planning information, and travel tips. It’s a great reference for on the road and a perfect addition to any road tripper’s glove box or Christmas stocking.
Bonus: This USA map is durable and waterproof so you won’t have to worry about it tearing apart as you plan your road trip route!
6. MagSafe Car Mount Magnetic Vent Phone Holder
While driving the interstate, you want to keep your eyes on the road. You also, often, need to check your phone quickly for directions, to change your Spotify playlist, or to pick up a hands-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.
Bonus: Get one that has multiple mounts (this one has both an adhesive and a magnetic vent mounting base) for the most flexible placement.
7. Comrad Compression Socks
Chances are, you’ve given socks for a present once or twice in your life. This holiday, skip the novelty socks with Santa’s face or smiling schnauzers and give some socks road trippers can really put to use.
Compression socks like these from Comrad increase circulation and blood flow, provide a great remedy for tired legs and cramped calves after being confined in a car all day. They should top any list of travel essentials gift ideas.
Bonus: Just because these socks are beneficial doesn’t mean they have to be boring! Look for fun patters like stripes or ombre!
8. Car Back Seat Organizer
No one likes a messy car. Back seat organizers make good road trip gifts because they keep all of those essentials, like road trip games, snacks, and maps, in one place.
Bonus: Be sure to get one with an iPad holder to turn a boring back seat into an entertaining TV and movie station for kids or other passengers.
9. Samsonite Winfield 3 Expandable Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels
Luxurious luggage sets make the best road trip gift ideas. If you’re looking to splurge, a hardside luggage set like the Samsonite Winfield will be a present to impress. No road trip traveler should be without a nice set of baggage.
Bonus: Wheeled luggage makes getting from the trunk to the hotel room easy and the tough exterior means nothing gets crushed along the way.
Must-Have Electronic Road Trip Gifts
Electronics and techy gadgets make for some of the best gifts for road trips. Road trip cameras and camera accessories are imperative for capturing memories perfect for sharing on Instagram or framing on your living room gallery wall. Portable gaming systems and tablets keep your passengers happy on long stretches of highway. And electronic car accessories will keep them safe, on track, and charged up all the way to the end of the road.
10. Canon Content Creator Kit
The best gift ideas for travelers are ones that they will use over and over again. And nothing (besides the car) will get as much use on a road trip as a camera.
Take road trip photos and videos go beyond the smartphone. With a content creator kit you have everything you need to get started in creating fun road trip videos and take killer photos of National Parks and world’s largest things! A content creator kit like this one has a mirrorless camera and accessories to take killer photos and 4K vlogs and videos.
Bonus: there is a wide-range of cameras to choose for for photographers with various levels of skills and budgets. Check out our list of the best road trip cameras to find the perfect one to gift!
11. GoPro HERO11 Black
For those looking to step up their road trip captures, GoPro cameras make excellent road trip cameras and excellent gifts for roadtrippers.
Bonus: Designed for action, the best unique feature of the GoPro is TimeWarp, which allows you to take a super fast hyperlapse of the road trip journey. How cool would that be?
12. Tripod and Selfie Stick with LED Light
We’ve all been there: you’ve trying to take a selfie in front of the world’s largest cow and all you can get in frame if half your face and half her udder. As much as selfie sticks get a bad rap, they can be life savers when trying to take photos of yourself at road trip pit stops. They are definitely one of those fun things to buy for a road trip!
Bonus: Selfie Sticks like this one, that doubles as a tripod and includes a light, make great gifts for roadtrippers to ensure they can always get the perfect road trip selfie.
13. Nintendo Switch Portable Gaming System
Play all your favorite games on the go. Keep your family entertained and never hear, “are we there yet?” again. The portable design of the Nintendo Switch makes it the perfect gaming system for road trips and back seat play and the perfect road trip gift for children and adult passengers alike.
Bonus: While a Nintendo Switch makes a good gift for travelers it can also be enjoyed all year long from the comfort of their own home!
14. WONNIE Dual Screen DVD Player
A duel car DVD player that clips to a car’s headrests can provide hours of entertainment for road trip passengers. With a dedicated screen you won’t have to give up your phone to your backseat passengers, especially if you need it for directions! This portable DVD player even comes with headphones to keep the kids and TV quiet in the backseat.
Bonus: This one plays DVDs or, for those who haven’t seen a DVD since the 90s, digital files stored on a USB or card reader.
15. Fire HD 8 Plus Tablet
For long car trips, nothing beats an e-reader or tablet for keeping people entertained. Individual tablets like the Fire HD allow car passengers or a driver on break to watch movies, listen to music, read, or play games and make great gifts for long car trips and the families taking them.
Bonus: this is one of the best gifts for long car rides but will also entertain the recipient at home!
16. Carpool Karaoke Wireless Car Karaoke Microphone
Allow your passengers to have even more fun singing along in the car! This Carpool Karaoke car karaoke microphone wirelessly connects to your car’s FM tuner and provides endless opportunities for do-it-yourself tunes.
Bonus: For an extra special gift idea for someone traveling, consider putting together a special playlist of the best road trip songs to accompany this car karaoke mic!
17. Tile Pro Key Finder
Attach a Tile Pro Key Finder to your keychain and never lose your keys. It’s the best gift for road trippers who are going back and forth from their car to gas stations, roadside attractions, hotels, and more. Moving around so much there’s always the possibility of losing your keys or dropping them between the seats. Pinging the tile from your phone helps you locate just where your keys are no matter where you left them.
Bonus: Get a 2-pack of Tiles that also contains a card that slips into a wallet to make sure your gift recipient never misplaces heir keys or wallet on the road again!
18. USB Car Charger
You never want your phone to go dead when on a road trip. It’s essential for GPS directions, looking up roadside attractions, booking hotels on the go, making emergency calls, and taking photos of every Welcome to State sign. Every road trip lover needs a USB charger for their car, especially if you’re renting a car and are not sure how modern the dashboard will be.
Bonus: Be sure to get one with multiple ports so everyone in the car can keep charged at once.
19. DJI Mini 3 Drone
Imagine being able to follow your car with a camera as it winds down an abandoned road or being able to capture all of Carhenge from above. The only way to get epic aerial road trip videos and photos is with a drone.
Drones, like the DJI Mini 3, make the best gifts for road trippers who want to take their road trip videography and photography to the next level.
Bonus: Make sure to get a kit that includes extra batteries, a charger, and case so the person you buy this road trip gift for has everything they need!
20. DJI Osmo Mobile 6 Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer
Many road trip videos are unwatchable. Trying to take a video of that epic waterfall or breathtaking National Park view with a handheld iPhone will often result in a shaky movie that no one wants to watch. How do fix it? With a gimbal.
Gimbals suspend your phone for smooth stabilization that will take any road trip video from disastrous to delightful.
Bonus: This gimbal doubles as a tripod making it perfect for filming TikTok POVs or Instagram Lives.
21. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
For fun road trip photos that make retro souvenirs, an instant camera is a must have gift for road trip lovers. The Fujifilm Instax Mini is a cute camera that is compact enough to fit in the glove box to make memories on the go.
Bonus: Be sure to include a couple of packs of Instax Mini Film to make this one of the best gifts for a road trip!
Just for Fun Road Trip Gifts
Not all road trip gift ideas have to be entirely practical. Sometimes the best gifts for road trip lovers are just fun. These presents will add a smile on the face of any recipient who loves car travel and seeing the world and will make their adventures (or returns from adventures) that much more fun.
22. The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book
Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation. The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book features fun and engaging journal prompts. plus 100 activities and games to play in the car, at your hotel, or at stops along your route.
Bonus: This book not only serves as an activity book to keep everyone entertained in the car but with fun journal prompts and a trip log it will serve as a road trip memento for years to come!
23. Scratch Off USA Map Poster
Help your favorite road tripper keep track of his or her travels with a scratch-off map of the United States. Complete with stickers and place markers this map will commemorate everywhere a road tripper has traveled and help them plan where to head to next.
Bonus: You can also find scratch off posters for favorite road trip destinations like National Parks and ballparks!
24. Homesick Scented Candle, Road Trip
For the road trip lover stuck at home, this road trip scented candle is a perfect stocking stuffer. With scents of amber, musk, leather, paper, and jasmine, it will remind the recipient of sight seeing on the open road (minus the stuffy car and air freshener smell).
Bonus: Speaking of air fresheners, Homesick also makes a Road Trip car air freshener!
25. Stanley Quencher Insulated Tumbler
The reusable cup du jour is always a good gift to give someone. But a reusable cup also makes one of the best gifts for car travelers. The Stanley cup is double wall vacuum insulated and keeps your water cold or your coffee hot for hours on the road. 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.
Bonus: The Stanley cup comes in a variety of colors so you can find one in your gift recipient’s favorite hue!
26. Pendleton National Park Blanket, Yellowstone
Pendleton blankets offer the cozy comfort of a thick wool cover alongside style and history. Their National Park collection pays homage to your favorite road trip destinations that feature distinctive colors, the park name, and an image of an important natural feature. Pendleton National Park Blankets make fantastic gifts for road travelers who want to commemorate a special trip to their new favorite park.
Bonus: If the blanket is out of your budget, Pendleton also makes a more budget-friendly gift set of National Park socks!
27. National Parks Playing Cards
National Parks playing cards make double duty gifts for road trips. Featuring iconic scenery from parks around the United States they serve as both a memento and inspiration while giving travelers entertaining opportunities for game play whether at home, in an AirBNB, or at a campsite.
Bonus: This deck features images of 12 different national parks: Acadia, Arches, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky, Joshua Tree, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion so they make great gifts for someone going on a road trip to any of these parks!
28. Sunflora Picnic Backpack for 2
For anyone planning on packing their own food, camping, or picnicking on a road trip, a picnic backpack complete with plates, glasses, and utensils would make a great road trip gift. It’s better for the environment than using disposable plastic plates and forks, and will have everything needed to enjoy meals on the go.
Bonus: If you gift a picnic basket consider filling out your road trip gift with some favorite road trip snacks or sparkling apple cider (they are driving after all!).
29. State Love Necklace
When trying to find road trip gifts for her, whether she is your girlfriend, wife, sister, mother, or best friend, jewelry probably will cross your mind. And a state-shaped necklace is the way to go.
Bonus: Gift the state she lives in so she never feels far from home or a particularly memorable road trip destination so she’s never forget the fun you had there.
30. Road Trip Money Coin Pouch
Not many people keep change on hand nowadays. But it’s always good to have a few coins on hand for a road trip. You never know when you’ll need some for a toll booth, an older parking meter, an old school soda machine, or a pressed penny maker! This road trip money coin pouch is the perfect place to keep your loose road trip change.
Bonus: this coin pouch makes the perfect vessel for delivering Christmas or birthday money for someone planning a big road trip!
31. Car Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
After a few days in the car, it sometimes will start smelling less than fresh. A portable essential oil diffuser makes a great stocking stuffer and will bring a fresh scent to any long car ride. This one plugs into the car’s USB port and fits right in the cup holder for a fresh car the whole journey long.
Bonus: to make this best gift for road trip travel complete, include a set of essential oils!
32. Ray-Ban Classic Polarized Aviator Sunglasses
Every road trip lover needs a good pair of sunglasses. These lenses feature offer UV protection and blue blocking lenses— essential features when driving on a sunny highway. They also offer a classic design that will have you feeling like you’re driving a Top Gun F-14 Tomcat instead of your Corolla.
Bonus: This classic style comes in a variety of lens and frame colors, including pink, green, and blue.
33. 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 blank lined book can be used as a travel diary, logbook, or road trip planner for your car, van, or motorcycle adventure.
Bonus: For a complete roadtrip gift add a set of gel pens or road trip themed pencils.
34. TableTopics to GO Road Trip
Get the whole family excited and talking on your next car trip by gifting this TableTopics to GO Road Trip game. With travel-specific questions you’ll have fun while learning a lot about your fellow passengers.
Bonus: There are plenty of road trip games that make the best gifts for a road trip! Pick up a travel bingo set, a variety pack of travel-sized games, or a copy of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book!
35. 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!
Bonus: You can buy these car condiment containers in a variety of colors, like red, gray, or black, to match the road trip car!
36. Vintage Motel Keychain
An homage to vintage motel key chains you’d have on a retro road trip, modern versions with catchy phrases make fun road trip gifts for adults.
Bonus: You can find many varieties that both capture the nostalgia of the road and fit your gift recipient’s personality. Find ones for their favorite TV show hotel, an inspirational affirmation, a fun saying, a zodiac sign, a favorite attraction, or a favorite road trip activity.
37. Road Trip Tote Bag
A tote bag is a must-have road trip gift that everyone will love. On the road it can serve as a cute catch-all for all the 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!
38. Hidden Pocket Infinity Scarf by Speakeasy Supply Co.
A scarf that’s both pretty and functional? Sign me up! The hidden pocket infinity scarves by Speakeasy Supply Co. are stylish wraps with a secret twist: inside is a pocket to keep your ID, credit card, keys, or whatever you want to conceal. These scarves are perfect for all types of travelers but especially helpful to roadtrippers who might be hopping in and out of the car all day and don’t want to carry a bag around or leave their essentials behind.
Bonus: these scarves come in a variety of colors and patterns for any tatse!
Road Trip Gift Ideas: Road Trip Books
Books make fantastic gifts for roadtrip fanatics. They’re fun to flip through to enjoy photos of destinations near and far and provide inspiration for anyone planning a trip for the first time or not sure where they want to go next. These gifts for road trip lovers can also be useful on the road to help figure out what to see and where to go next!
39. 50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do
Find the best things to do and see in every state in America with this illustrated book from National Geographic. From national parks to beaches, war memorials to museums, this guidebook has it all and will ignite your imagination and kick start your trip planning. It should top any road trip gift wish list!
40. 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do
Like the previous book suggestion, but for national parks alone, this sequel is full of breathtaking photography and travel tips for getting the most of the country’s national parks. These books make good gifts for car travelers, whether they are a national park novice or have every page stamped in their park passport.
41. The Road Trip Book: 1001 Drives of a Lifetime
This book let’s you explore all the possibilities road trips have to offer. It presents a variety of road trips of all lengths and levels of challenge, including a transglobal route inspired by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Round documentary series. This book will inspire you to hit the road and take a trip you couldn’t even imagine possible.
42. Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways
With route recommendations, off-the-road highlights, driving maps, colorful photography, and expert advice, Road Trip USA would be a fun gift for someone going on a road trip for the first time or the fiftieth!
43. She Explores: Stories of Life-Changing Adventures on the Road and in the Wild
She Explores celebrates women on the road. With photography, narrative, and practical tips this book is an essential read for any woman who wants to take off on an outdoor adventure. Engage with the stories of 40 women who have taken unforgettable trips into nature: women who live in vans, hike, road trip, or backpack.
44. Unique America – Strange, Unusual, and Just Plain Fun: A Trip Through America
I can’t have a guide of road trip gift ideas without a book all about my favorite thing: roadside attractions.
Unique America celebrates the unusual sights you’ll find while road tripping the country with full-color highlights that will have anyone enthusiastically asking, “are we there yet?”
45. Subpar Parks: America’s Most Extraordinary National Parks and Their Least Impressed Visitors
Take a hilarious journey through the National Parks with this illustrated book that celebrates their beauty and the one star reviews people leave of them online. One of the best gifts for road trippers and a good laugh for anyone who loves traveling to national parks!
46. 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.
Experiential Road Trip Gifts
Not all gifts for a road trip have to be physical things. Sometimes the best road trip gift ideas are for those things you can’t hold in your hands but can experience instead. Consider gifting a tour, a gift certificate, an attraction pass, or a whole road trip experience!
47. America the Beautiful – National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass
America the Beautiful passes make excellent gifts for car travelers. The annual pass allows the recipient to skip the entrance fee on over 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and grasslands. For the serious road tripper, this pass is gold.
48. Audible Gift Membership
Looking for unique gift ideas for car travelers? Give the gift of audio books! An Audible Gift Membership allows the recipient to download their favorite books along with new originals to listen to from anywhere, even their car. Audio books provide relief from the same Spotify playlists and double your productivity level allowing you to “read” while you drive.
49. Go City Pass
A prepaid Go City Pass will save the recipient time and money at great road trip destinations across the US. If a big city excursion is on the list for the new year, this will help take their trip from ordinary to extraordinary. The passes will allow the holder to visit bucket list attractions, enjoy top tours, and discover handpicked hidden gems with the convenience of having one price and one pass on their phone.
50. Get Your Guide Gift Card
For the ultimate gift idea for someone going on a trip, why not book them an excursion? Tour companies like Get Your Guide offer tours, day trips, sightseeing, museum entrances, and more. Help your friend or loved one out by gifting them an experience to experience on their next road trip.
Bonus: Buy a Get Your Guide Gift Card so the recipient can choose for themselves! With thousands of excursions to choose from they will definitely find the perfect adventure to take on their next road trip!
The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book
Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!
Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.