20+ travel essentials for the perfect summer getaway

For camping and other outdoor adventures, you’ll need to see clearly in the dark. This smart lantern, which produces 350 lumens, can shed plenty of light and has a 300-hour run time before it needs to be recharged. The waterproof lantern also has three lighting modes: variable dimming, strobe, and color, and it can also wirelessly charge your phone or other Qi wireless-enabled device.
Boulder Smart Lantern + Charging Hub, $120 at Lander When staying in a strange place, you’re really not sure how clean your room is. However, this sanitizing device/charger provides several functions. In one eight-minute cycle, it can clean your smartphone, keys, sunglasses, jewelry, and other items, killing viruses and bacteria. The device also provides a place to keep your items together in one place so you won’t lose them. In addition, it has two Qi-certified fast wireless charging ports and one USB-A quick charge port.
Mundus Pro Sanitizing Device and Charger, $129.99 at Einova It’s important to maintain your hygienic health when on vacation, and this electric toothbrush makes it easier than ever. First of all, it’s waterproof so you can brush your teeth in the shower. The toothbrush also has a color-coded interface that will highlight areas of your mouth that are not fully cleaned. It has three modes and 32 intensities, so you can find the perfect setting. The smart toothbrush has a 30-day battery life and a 2-in-1 magnetic USB charge base and holder.
Oclean X Pro Electric Toothbrush, $99.99 at Amazon If traveling by car, you can avoid spending outrageous amounts of money on the road by bringing your own food and beverages. This portable appliance can serve as either a refrigerator or freezer for drinks, ice cream, meat, veggies, and other food items. You can actually charge it using your vehicle’s cigarette lighter or a portable generator, and also use the USB charging port for your phone. The digital panel lets you see and switch modes, and also view and adjust the temperature.
AstroAI 12 Volt Car Refrigerator, $229.99/ sale $199.99 at Amazon Another option for keeping beverages cold is this cooler, which is lighter and thinner than it looks but is still durable enough to be carried anywhere. The permafrost insulation keeps ice frozen for days, and the internal height (13 inches) is tall enough to keep wine bottles upright. The cooler can hold 24 pounds of ice, and 18 cans, and has nonslip feet so it won’t slide out of place. In addition, the handle is designed to make it comfortable to carry the cooler. There are almost a dozen colors to choose from, including navy, aquifer blue, Nordic purple, and tan.
Yeti Roadie 24 Cooler, $250 at Amazon Don’t lose your precious vacation memories. This portable solid-state drive can be used to back up all of your pictures and videos – and it can also back up your music libraries, etc. The device only weighs 1.62 ounces, so it’s easy to transport, but has a 500GB memory storage capacity, as well as password protection. It’s also shock and vibration resistant with hardware encryption.
WD My Passport SSD Portable External Drive, $119.99/ sale $99.99 at Amazon Whether you’re camping or just eating meals on the go, this collapsible, insulated, one-quart camp bowl is perfect for both hot and cold meals. It has an insulation sleeve on the sides and bottom to keep food warm while protecting your hands. The bowl has a stainless-steel rim and spill-resistant resealable lid. When not in use, the bowl collapses to 1.25 inches high, and it’s available in several colors.
Hydaway Collapsible Insulated Bowl, $29.95 at Amazon If your vehicle doesn’t have a GPS, and you’d rather not fumble with your phone, this 6-inch GPS navigator has a high-resolution touchscreen that lets you easily see both map details and other pertinent information. It also provides alerts for school zones, changes in speed, railroad crossings, and sharp curves ahead to provide situational awareness. The GPS navigator also lets you sync your smartphone so you can make hands-free calls, and the Garmin voice assist lets you issue spoken requests.
Garmin Drivesmart GPS Navigator, $224 at Amazon Mount this camera on the top of your vehicle’s rear license plate, connect it to your vehicle’s reverse lights, and it can let you clearly see what’s behind you when you put the vehicle in reverse – even providing a 160-degree wide field of view in 720p. And at night, the camera also uses NightGlo technology to illuminate the area behind you. The backup camera is rugged and has an IPX7 rating, so it also works in the rain. It comes with a license plate mount and bracket mount. (Note: it’s only compatible with Garmin devices)
Garmin BC 50 Vehicle Backup Camera with Night Vision, $299 at Amazon Good luck finding gas stations with free – and working – air pumps. However, with your own air compressor, you can conveniently put air in your own tires. Just connect the air compressor to your vehicle’s cigarette lighter (or portable generator) and it will quickly inflate your vehicle’s tire. The lightweight tire pump, which only weighs 2.2 pounds, also has an LCD display screen, and an emergency LED light to provide safety when using it at night. In addition, it has different nozzles to use with bicycles, balls, and other items.
Astro AI Air Compressor, $32.99 at Amazon This power bank can be used in an airport, vehicle, at a coffee house, picnic, or wherever you are when you need to recharge your tech devices. It can charge up to three devices at the same time, including a laptop, camera, tablet, and anything else you have that can be charged via USB-C and USB-A Quick Charge.
Ultra Fast Power Bank, $69.99 at Einova If you want to go off the grid, this portable power station can go with you and provide several hours of power for all of your needs. It has an 882Wh capacity and a 1400W AC output. With 12 total outlets, it can charge a portable air conditioner, TV, air fryer, hair dryer, drone, coffee maker, electric grill, etc., and also recharge smartphones, laptops, etc. The fast-charging power station can recharge from 0 to 80 percent in just one hour using a wall outlet and can be recharged with solar panels or your car’s cigarette lighter as well. You can also use the app on your smartphone to control and monitor the power station.
ECOFLOW Delta Mini Portable Power Station, $999/sale $749 at Amazon In case your car’s battery stops – or you encounter someone else with a dead battery – having a jump starter can be a lifesaver. And this one actually has several different functions. In addition to being a jump starter, it has a portable power bank, compass, flashlight, strobe light, SOS light, and red warning light. The two-inch LCD actually provides instructions on the screen every step of the way, as well as displays the jump start ready status in percentages.
Astro AI Car Jump Starter, $99.59/ sale $59.99 at Amazon

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