10 Gifts for the Road Tripper on Your Holiday Shopping List

For when they’re on the road or back at home.

By Alexia Partouche Edited by Geneva Diaz Published in the Winter 2022 issue of Houstonia Magazine

The products listed here were independently selected by a member of the editorial staff. Should you choose to purchase a product through a link on this page, we may receive an affiliate commission.

The holiday season is the perfect time to settle down at home with family and friends, but every year, there are a brave few who pack up their things and take to the roads instead. These road-tripping explorers don’t mind hours in a cramped car, as long as the scenery is nice and the destination is worthwhile. So if you have a friend who is constantly looking for their next great adventure, always keeps their gas tank full, and prefers to take the scenic route, you’ll want to equip them for their next big trek.

From maps and journals to plan the next trip, to car essentials like trunk organizers and trash cans, this gift guide has everything a chronic road tripper needs to take on their next adventure. Then it’ll be time to hit the road!

Personalized Bucket List Ideas Journal


Keep track of every item on your bucket list with this bucket list journal from MagnitudeGifts on Etsy. The stylish design includes pages dedicated to planning out every big thing you want to do before you kick the bucket.

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GOODR Strange Things Are A Foot Sunglasses Local


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Protect your eyes from the sun while you drive with GOODR sunglasses from Magpies gifts. The pink reflective lenses and white frames will keep your vision clear while also giving you a stylish edge.

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Y'all Need Whataburger T-Shirt Local


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Rep your Texas pride no matter where your travels take you with this “Y’all Need Whataburger” T-shirt from Jubilee. This soft, 100 percent cotton shirt is decorated with the chain’s iconic fonts and colors, so even when there’s no Whataburger in sight, you’ll still have something to remind you of home.

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Car Trash Can Round


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Spending hours in your car as you drive cross country can get a little messy. Make sure your car stays clean with this 2.5 gallon car trash can from Lusso Gear. With a leak proof liner and a flip lid, it’s the perfect way to ensure your road trip goes off without a nasty hitch.

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Joby GripTight ONE GorillaPod Stand


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Pics or it didn’t happen, right? Chronicle every stop on your road trip with a Joby GripTight tripod stand for your phone. The lightweight design and flexible tripod legs will let you take the coolest pictures no matter where you end up.

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“The Road Trip” Book  Local


Plan your next epic road trip with Favor The Kind’s “The Road Trip” book. With 960 pages of the best road trips in the country, it promises to keep you entertained and bubbling with ideas for your next automotive adventure.

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Puffy Lunch Bag by Baggu Local


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Stave off hunger on your journeys by keeping an insulated Baggu lunch bag from All The Feels close by. No matter how hot or cold it gets outside, or how bumpy the roads are, your food will stay cool and secure.

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ISFC Expandable Large Capacity Car Trunk Organizer


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Pack away all of your road-tripping equipment with this ISFC Car Trunk Organizer sold at Target. The velcro strip, adjustable straps, and rubber bottom will make sure your items stay in place even on the bumpiest of roads.

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World Travels Map


Commemorate all of your greatest adventures with a world travels map from Pin Adventure Map. These durable, handmade maps are geographically accurate and come with a set of pins, so you can easily mark every location you’ve visited during your travels.

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Travel Napper


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Nights on the road can get long, so when you’re stuck in the passenger seat, bundle up with this travel napper from Bearaby. The 10-pound blanket will help you get some stress-free sleep, so you’ll be ready to take on the day’s excitement when you wake up.

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