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Father’s Day Gift Guide: Best Road Trip Gear

Jul 30, 2023

Road trip gear makes a perfect Father's Day gift.

Know a Dad who longs for the open road? Celebrate his passion for exploring the country on four wheels with some road trip gear for Father's Day. Gifts like polarized sunglasses and a car-friendly cooler can keep him comfortable in the driver's seat, while a portable movie projector and travel-friendly versions of classic board games can help make his down time all the more memorable.

Here are 10 pieces of road trip gear to give Dad for Father's Day.

Nebula Capsule 3 Laser Projector

Dad can get a cinema-worthy experience anywhere he goes with the Nebula Capsule 3 Laser Projector. At just 2.1 pounds, this petite projector is about 90% smaller than similar products, making it easy to tuck into a trunk that's fully packed with road trip gear. You can start your movie before the sun even sets, thanks to the projector's laser-powered brightness. Expect crisp images with deep blacks and bright whites and 1080p HD clarity. Dad can set it up in a courtyard, hotel room, or even on a wall near a pool to bring some movie magic on his next road trip. $799.99 at

Scrabble Deluxe Travel Edition

Dad can keep his Scrabble skills sharp on his next road trip with this travel-friendly edition of the game. Perfect for winding down after a day of driving, this Scrabble board has a raised tile grid to keep all the letter tiles where they belong (so you can even play while you’re in the backseat!). When the game's over, simply pop the tiles back into the storage compartments, fold up the board, and toss it in the car. $39 at

iKamper Skycamp 3.0

Dad won't have to worry about accommodations on his next road trip if he gets the iKamper Skycamp 3.0 as a Father's Day gift. The award-winning rooftop tent offers a private space with an insulated mattress for a good night's sleep in the great outdoors in all four seasons. It also comes with the brand's signature Skyview window for extra sunshine during the day and incredible stargazing opportunities after dark. $4,199 at

R. Riveter x Jeep Duffle Bag

On a weekend road trip, Dad can store all his essentials in style with this black nylon and leather duffle from R. Riveter. Made in collaboration with Jeep, the bag takes a cross-country road trip as it's being created. Its components are first crafted by the spouses of military members in their own homes, then shipped to the brand's FabShop near Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to be assembled. It finally arrives on your doorstep with a 23-inch zipper closure, detachable strap, interior and exterior slip pockets, and a trolly sleeve that can attach the bag to a suitcase handle. $248 at

Costa Paunch Sunglasses

Every road-tripping Dad needs a great set of shades—like these sunglasses from Costa—when he's behind the wheel. A great Father's Day gift, these sunglasses feature gray gradient lenses that were inspired by the changing colors of the sky. The polarized lenses filter glare and offer a boost of contrast to help you see your best when driving. The sunglasses also absorb 100% of UV light, making them a must-have accessory for driving on a sunny day. $250 at

Autio Subscription

Take Dad's road trips to the next level by giving him a one-year subscription to Autio for Father's Day. The app offers more than 10,000 location-based stories you can stream from your car's stereo as you take the open roads. Expect to hear immersive audio vignettes narrated by familiar voices (like Kevin Costner and John Lithgow, to name a couple) that help enrich the experience at every stop on your next road trip. $35.99 for one-year subscription at

Thinkware F200 Dash Cam Bundle

Dad can capture every moment of his next road trip with the F200 Dash Cam Bundle from Thinkware. It includes a dash cam and a rearview cam, plus mounting gear, to record wide angle views of the car and its surroundings in 1080p. It's also embedded with driver assistance tools, including super night vision and parking surveillance, to give you more confidence anywhere you drive. $199.99 at

Pura Car Diffuser

Given the close connections between scent and memory, this car diffuser from Pura is a Father's Day gift that promises to make future road trips unforgettable. This USB-powered smart diffuser, which fits inside a cupholder, can detect motion and automatically turn on when you’re on the move. The fragrance pods last for 30 days and come in a variety of travel-inspired scents, including coastal palm, red rock and amber, and fairway morning. $34.99+ at

Ace Marks Travel Sneaker

Every road warrior needs solid driving kicks, like these travel sneakers from Ace Marks. Practical and comfortable, these ultralight lace-ups come in three classic colors of supple buffalo leather to fit any Dad's style. Their shock-absorbing insoles offer extra comfort when Dad's walking in between long drives. These sneakers also collapse to just 2 inches without creasing, saving space in a travel bag. $235 at

Camelbak ChillBak Soft Cooler

This Camelbak Chillbak Soft Cooler will keep Dad's car stocked with his favorite beverages chilled to perfection throughout his next road trip. With room for up 24 drinks and six liters of cold water, the cooler will minimize the need to stop for supplies and give Dad the satisfaction of making good time. If he's into the outdoors, he’ll love that this roll-top cooler can be carried like a backpack—perfect for hiking, camping, or tailgating. $325 at