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Prime Auto Equipment for a Lengthy Highway-Journey

When it comes to a fun trip or vacation, a good old-fashioned road trip is hard to beat. But the success or failure of your next road trip depends on many factors. Some factors such as weather and traffic are largely beyond your control. But other factors, like having the right equipment for the road, are completely under your control. In this list we show you the top equipment to make your next road trip as good as possible.

Roof rack

One of the most important accessories to install before your next road trip is a roof rack. By freeing up space in your vehicle, you will have a more pleasant and comfortable time on the road, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave anything behind! All the equipment you need for a camping trip or hiking expedition can be stowed upstairs. There are tons of options to choose from. Basic carrier systems simply provide you with the basis for lashing the load and adjusting it as you wish. Other options like roof bags and hard shell luggage racks give you the framework to fully load a pre-portioned storage container that simply mounts to your existing roof rack or attaches to your car on your open roof. You can even opt for more specialized roof racks designed specifically for your skis, snowboards or surfboards. For kayakers, a roof top kayak rack is the perfect solution for taking a kayak or two on a trip without sacrificing all of the interior storage space that a kayak would otherwise take up. And if you have exhausted the storage space on the roof and still need more space, a luggage rack mounted on the trailer hitch can be combined with a receiver hitch to gain even more valuable cargo space.

Bicycle stand

Another great thing to keep on your roof or on your receiver hitch is your bike. In some bike racks, you can even transport up to five bikes at the same time so that the whole family can take their bikes with you. There is nothing better than having your bikes available during a camping trip. A nice bike ride is one of the best ways to get to know a new area or city. You don’t have a receiver attachment and your roof area is taken? No problem! You can also find bike racks that attach to your trunk or screw into your cargo bed. Car bike racks are designed to keep your vehicle and bike completely safe and free from scratches and scuffs. Rubberized mounts and seat belts keep your bike safe and secure, even at motorway speeds or bumpy country roads. Because your bikes are kept away from your vehicle, you don’t risk the permanent scratches that could be caused by throwing the bikes in your cargo bed, or the cracks and tears that may appear when trying to fit them into your trunk or hold . Once on a road trip or camping with a bike in tow, you’ll never want to come back without a bike.

Storage space in the interior and under the seat

No matter how big your vehicle is and how many storage space solutions you have, there is never enough space. And if you think you run out of space before heading out on your road trip, just wait until the car is full of souvenirs and other items you might find along the way. With storage space under the seat, you optimize the space in your interior and find reliable storage space that will help you again and again. You can also mount a sleek storage compartment next to your visors to stow the essentials you need on the go, like phone chargers and street maps.

Doormats and liners

For most people, a road trip means coffee in the morning, burger and fries in the afternoon, with beef jerky, fries and lemonade in between. Eating junk food in the car can be fun, but not so fun if the stains and stains from your weekend road trip are still visible years later. Precisely fitting floor mats and floor mats are therefore practical on a road trip. They protect the long-term integrity of the interior of your vehicle from anything that could happen while you are driving. From spilled drinks and dropped french fries to muddy shoes and more, all-weather floor mats protect the floor of your car. When you get back from your road trip, you can simply hose down the all-weather floor mats in your yard and let them air dry. The wear and tear from daily driving can also wear out your vehicle over time, which is why car floor mats are a good idea, especially for your next road trip. Since custom-made floor mats are measured by laser according to the exact specifications of the make and model of your vehicle, they fall directly into the correct position and may be removed if necessary.

Travel accessories for pets

Whenever you bring the pooch for the ride, you always want to be sure of two things. First of all, you need to make sure that your pet is comfortable. Second, you need to make sure that your vehicle is protected. You can keep the dog happy and your interior clean with pet travel accessories like barriers and seat protectors. Pet pads are not only there to keep your OE upholstery free of fur, pet hair and permanent damage such as scratches or stains, but also give Rover a nice place to sit, nap or just enjoy the ride. For SUV owners, you can also create your dog’s own space in the hold with comfortable cargo liners. A pet batier is another great way to ensure your dog stays in the hold. You can make sure that your dog is comfortable, but also safe and unable to jump around and climb onto your lap while driving. With the right equipment, you can make your next road trip an unforgettable experience for you and your dog.

Seat covers

Seat covers are another must-have for road trips. They protect your factory-fitted upholstery from damage and can also be more comfortable. In everyday life, the comfort of the seat covers may not make that much difference. But if you want to spend hours in your vehicle, the convenience at the end of the day can be enormous. With aftermarket seat covers, you get a tailor-made seat cover that follows the curves and contours of your specific vehicle make and model. The result not only looks like a professionally carried out new upholstery, but also protects your vehicle from the many dangers in the interior of a road trip. If kids are eating fast food in the back seats, you’d better hope that you’ve got seat covers in place. As an added bonus, you can further enhance the style of your vehicle by choosing from a variety of sporty colors or patterns and a variety of different materials.

Towing & Hitching Devices

No matter where your next road trip takes you, a receiver coupling expands the capabilities of your vehicle. If you want to tow a trailer with a boat or ATV, a receiver hitch is essential, but not just for towing. You can also attach other luggage accessories such as bike racks or luggage racks to a standard receiver coupling. A towbar is the first step towards so much functionality, it is a shame that it is not standard on all vehicles. While you’re more likely to see towbars on large trucks, jeeps, and SUVs, even small cars and sedans can have a towbar. Something relatively light like a bike rack doesn’t need really heavy suspension, but there are limits when it comes to pulling things like trailers and heavy machinery. But as long as you know what your rig is capable of and how heavy the items you are pulling are, you should be good to go.

Window deflector

Nothing beats the fresh air on the street. But a sudden rain shower can put an end to that very quickly. Also, the fast moving air can sometimes be a little too loud and choppy on the freeway. This is why window deflectors are such a great thing to install before heading out on your next road trip. With window shades, you can keep the windows crisp and enjoy a steady stream of fresh air without all the street noise. You can also keep your interior dry when it rains while you smell the wonderful rain air. You can even leave your windows cracked on a hot summer day while entering a store without worrying about thieves opening your door with a coat hanger. Window deflectors are tailored precisely to your vehicle and are easy to install. Depending on the type of visor, you can install them by taping the visor directly into your open window channel or by pressing it right over your window with automotive grade 3M tape. Whether your road trip takes you to the mountains, the countryside or the beach, you will want to smell the fresh air as you drive through!

Air mattresses

When it comes to accommodation on your road trip, sometimes the easiest, most affordable plan is simply to rush to a campsite in the car. But sleeping on the back of the car or truck doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. If you bring an air mattress for travel, you can blow up a comfortable sleeping place anywhere. Some are inflatable mattresses that are designed to fit in your back seat by including an extra piece that goes all the way down to the floorboards. And when you drive a pickup, there are tons of air mattresses that will fit snugly in your truck bed. With an air mattress that fits like a glove in your cargo area, sleeping under the stars has never felt so good. Even if you do decide to pitch a tent, an air mattress that fits in your tent can ensure that you sleep well even on the dusty path.

We hope you found this list helpful. With a little advance planning and the right accessories, your next road trip can be one for the records or for the road maps.

Jake McKenzie is Content Manager at Auto Accessories Garage, a rapidly growing, family-owned, online retailer of auto parts and accessories. He manages all of the written content for the website, including research guides, product descriptions, and other informative articles.

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