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The Road Tripping Essentials of 2016

(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)

As the country begins to reopen, we'll keep publishing news to help you navigate the state of travel today (like whether travel insurance covers the coronavirus), as well as stories about places for you to put on your bucket list once it's safe to start going more far-flung.

Anything can happen on the open road. Be ready.

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Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler 

Lots of very cold beer, securely stowed—that’s why we like the Tundra 75. Essentially a portable fridge for your car (it’s 18 inches tall and 33 inches wide), this super-tough cooler holds 50 cans. And with nearly three inches of pressure-injected insulation in the walls and lid, it kept a bag of ice frozen for five days.

Price $450

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Thule Force L Cargo Box 

When it comes to rooftop storage, the holy grail is lots of room in a low-profile design. Thule pulls it off with the 16-cubic-foot Force L, which is just 16.5 inches tall at its peak but swallows three snowboards. At only 39 pounds, it’s easy to install, but the impact-resistant shell and sturdy joints are built to last.

Price $500

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Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket 

This is our new always-have-it-in-the-trunk insulator. It’s perfect for warming up after a dawn-patrol surf session or keeping cozy by the campfire. Constructed with 20-denier ripstop nylon and 600-fill down, it repels water and odor but is machine washable when it’s time for a deep clean. 

Price $199

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Bowers and Wilkins T7 Portable Speaker 

The honeycomb-like structure in this hi-fi Bluetooth speaker absorbs vibration and delivers vastly superior audio clarity over your blaring smartphone. Packing a punch for its size, the two-pound box had the best bass of any portable system we tested, and the battery is good for 18 hours of jamming on a single charge.

Price $350

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Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator 

When you’re setting up base camp for more than a couple of days, you need a power source other than your car. The 12- pound, toaster-size Yeti 150 offers USB, 12-volt, and AC ports. Wall-charge it before your trip, and connect Goal Zero’s Nomad 20 solar panel ($200) to keep it humming for days on end.

Price $230

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RinseKit Portable Shower 

This two-gallon hose in a box builds water pressure while filling from a garden spigot and maintains it for up to a month without the need for batteries or pumping. It’s great for rinsing off the dog after a muddy forest run. Dying for a warm shower? An adapter ($10) lets you fill it with hot water from a bathroom faucet.

Price $90

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Filed To: Summer Buyer's GuideRoad Trips
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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