9 Gifts to Elevate the Road Trip
Comfort and convenience are key when settling in behind the wheel
North St. Bags Davis Custom Pack ($130 and up)
The commuter in your life will feel special sporting this waterproof rucksack. For the fabric, choose from almost 30 different colors and pattern combinations, then pick various internal accessories from the brand’s line of attachable pockets and sleeves. The slim profile feels great while riding a bike.
Vans Ultrarange Exo Mte Shoes ($100)
When you need a resilient shoe with moderate warmth, the Exo does it all in a fashion-forward package. A weather-treated upper, warm lining, and reverse-lugged outsole keep feet toasty and dry, while the Vans signature stripe, contrast stitching, and detailed laces keep it stylish.
Ruffwear Artist Series Quencher Dog Bowl ($20)
For the friend who never leaves home without their pooch, the Quencher is easily packable in a pocket or backpack. The Artist Series depicts beloved outdoor destinations like Oregon’s Mount Bailey, and a portion of proceeds go to a nonprofit of the artist’s choosing.
Arc'teryx Women's Atom LT Hoody ($259)
Lightweight and warm, this mid layer has been a favorite of ourdoorists for over 10 years. Vegan material provides a high degree of weather resistance, making this jacket ideal for a variety of activities, and it has the quality and durability you expect from Arc’teryx. Available instore and online.
Yeti Roadie 24 Hard Cooler ($200)
Designed specifically for car trips, the new Roadie fits behind the driver’s seat. The tall, elongated shape can stash a couple wine bottles or as many as 18 beers. We loved the quick-latch system, which is easy to use with one hand.
Sierra Nevada Dankful IPA Beer ($11)
You’ll have lots to be thankful for after a day exploring. Wind down with a Dankful, a resinous West Coast IPA (7.4 percent ABV) with hints of pine and tropical fruit. Sales of this special release support Sierra Nevada’s commitment to donate at least $1 million to charities this year.
Wagwear WagWellies Dog Boots ($49)
Throw on your rain boots, get Fido some WagWellies, and go splash puddles with your best friend. They have open-vent slits for easy on and off, and a velcro cuff to keep them snug while you’re romping.
L.L.Bean Maine Canvas Zip Pouch ($17)
Made in Maine from the same classic canvas as the brand’s signature totes, this pouch keeps cords, keys, or toiletries organized inside your bag. The structured and durable fabric stands up on its own, making it easier to find essential items in a hurry.
Surf Shacks Volume 2 (Indoek) ($60)
Surf Shacks Volume 2 is an encore presentation of some of the most funky, creative, and design-centric abodes of people whose lives revolve around the waves. From Australian container homes to backyard half-pipes in Canada, there’s plenty to be inspired by.
Fossil Nate Chronograph Brown Leather Watch ($159)
Tell time quickly with the Nate’s 50-millimeter case. The watch has a depth rating of 50 meters and a tough stainless-steel housing. The dark blue plating and brown leather strap transition beautifully from the open road to the meeting room.