Sleeping on the shoulder isn't ideal, but these items can help the z's come easy.
Sleeping on the shoulder isn't ideal, but these items can help the z's come easy. (Photo: Dan Gold/Unsplash)

The Best Gear for Taking a Nap on the Road

Just remember to pull over first

Sleeping at on the shoulder isn't ideal, but these items can help the z's come easy.
Dan Gold/Unsplash(Photo)

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There are still a few hundred miles between you and adventure, but your head is nodding and you feel yawns coming on every few minutes. Looks like it’s time to hop shotgun or find a rest stop. With these road-nap essentials, you’ll be comfortably on your way to hot-pavement dreamland in no time.

Birdwhere Bird Sleeve ($14)

(Courtesy Birdwhere)

Eye masks are guaranteed to lose you cool points with your fellow road warriors, but a little darkness can go a long way when you’re trying to get some shut-eye. Enter the Birdwhere Bird Sleeve, an organic hemp and cotton headband inspired by a T-shirt sleeve. Pull this bad boy over your eyelids for a catnap, or push it up to keep hair at bay on the trail.

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Mahabis Classic Slipper ($110)

(Courtesy Mahabis)

Comfy slippers might not have been on your road-trip radar, but they will be after checking out the Mahabis Slipper. It features a crazy-comfortable sheep’s wool liner to keep feet happy and dry, but the real kicker is the slipper’s durable snap-on, snap-off sole, making mid-trip pee breaks a relieving reality.

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Bose QuietControl 30 Headphones ($250)

(Courtesy Bose)

Noise-canceling headphones are great, but have you ever tried to get comfortable with two massive coconut shells attached to your dome? Yeah, it isn’t pleasant. The Bose QuietControl 30 wireless headphones still do a number keeping sound out but feature wireless earbuds that work much better with a pillow. Plus, without wires, there are no jolting wire snags while you chase the deep sleep. Admittedly, this comfort comes at a price.

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Therm-a-Rest Down Pillow ($40)

(Courtesy Thermarest)

Taking up far less space than a household pillow, Therm-a-Rest’s model offers a little taste of home comfort pressed up against the side of the passenger window. If the 650-fill Nikwax hydrophobic down isn’t enough support, a sleeve along the back of the pillow lets you throw in some clothing to provide a little extra loft.

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Enovoe Comfy Ride Sun Shade ($15)

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Sure, sun shades are meant for the infantile crowd, but we all know a few passengers who turn into big babies when they get drowsy, right? Let them cool off with a UV-protected window shade, and turn the back of the Subaru into the ultimate traveling nap cave.

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