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Road Trip Gear

Ten hot items to make your next road trip the coolest trip ever.

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HitchSafe trailer hitch mini-safe: Turn your truck’s 2″ trailer hitch insert into a tiny safe. After a 1-minute, tool-free installation, set the 4-digit combo lock. Drop in ID and a car key and go. A rubber cover keeps grit out. $70, hitchsafe.com

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Kelty Large Carport Deluxe: Takes just a few minutes to assemble, and hooks to the roof rack. Sides roll up, 3 windows let you cross-ventilate. Included twin poles flip the tent up to be a canopy. Interior space suitable for a small army. $329, kelty.com

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Advanced Elements 3 Gallon Summer Shower: Feel grubby? Grab this 3 gal. bag, fill with water, and set in the sun with the clear side up. After a couple hours, the temp will rise to 100 degrees or so. Velcro loops hold essentials. $25, advancedelements.com

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Eureka Catskill Table: This 4-seater snaps together in a jif. The slatted steel top and frame are bombproof, and the side pockets provide loads of storage for essentials. Toss wet bathing suits in the mesh belly pocket. $129, eurekatent.com

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GSI Glacier Stainless Javapress/Aladdin Recycled & Recyclable Mug: Pack this insulated 33 oz. French press and forget about icky motel joe. The 16 oz. Mug fits in any car’s cupholders. Press, $42, gsioutdoors.com; cups, $9/ea. aladdin-pmi.com

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Camp Where app For ios ipad/phone: Camp Where app for Apple iOS helps you find all drive-in public campgrounds in the US and Canada at a swipe of the hand. Location, coordinates, weather, and directions are all there. $5, bignerdranch.com

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Road Warrior Sports Atlas 8: For the ultimate road trip tow this fiberglass trailer. 73-cubic foot storage capacity and an optional roof rack for bikes/boats. At only 550lbs. (empty) it’s compatible with most cars. $5,695, roadwarriorsport.com

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Industrial Revolution Grilliput & FireBowl: No fire ring? No prob. The collapsible footed FireBowl’s reflector puts out insane heat. The Grilliput assembles fast for a clean, portable grill. Grilliput, 20 oz., $30; FireBowl, 9 oz., $15, industrialrev.com

Text and photos by Allison Woods