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10 Must-Have Travel Items to Pack for your Next Road Trip

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Pack your bags and grab the map, it’s road trip time!

Whether you’re a camper, a glamper, an adrenaline-seeker or a back-seater, nothing beats that feeling of jumping in a car and driving off to explore. Whether that’s with friends, family or just you and your special someone, it’s time to arrive at your next adventure.

So, to feed your feeling of wanderlust, we’ve put together a guide of the 10 most essential travel items you need to pack for your next road trip. The only thing left is the snacks!

<strong>Belkin</strong> Boost Charge Power Bank
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Belkin Boost Charge Power Bank

Love to stay connected even when you’ve planned to switch-off? For camping grounds, long drives and everything in between, meet your newest saviour: the Belkin Boost Charge Power Bank. Featuring three ports that allow you to charge everything while you’re on the go – from your headphones to your smartwatch and your smartphone; this nifty Belkin accessory is the missing must-have of your life. Plus, thanks to its 10,000 mAh of power onboard, you will get an additional 36 hours of battery life to your smartphone. Just think of all of the extra photos you can take!

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<strong>Burton</strong> Honey Baked Hammock
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Burton Honey Baked Hammock

Sometimes when we’re travelling (and especially when we’re road tripping) it can be hard to find time to relax; between pitching a tent to ensuring your fire pit is marshmallow-worthy. But, thanks to Burton, your next camping adventure will quench your thirst for relaxation and comfort thanks to their Honey Baked Hammock. Made from durable polyester, the Burton Honey Baked Hammock is equipped with built-in cords for a quick setup, holds up to 113-kilograms and even features an attached stuff sack and hidden stash pocket for your treats – all you need is two trees and the rest will be a breeze! Tent, check. Torch, check. Snacks, check and check. Hammock? Sorted.

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<strong>Kiehl's</strong> Facial Fuel
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Kiehl's Facial Fuel

Available in two handy sizes, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel is the one product you certainly won’t want to forget for your next trip away. Made with a refreshing blend of chestnut extract, Vitamin C and Vitamin E that helps improve texture, boost radiance and moisturise your skin; this non-oily facial moisturiser is the ignition your face needs for your next road trip. Able to be used day or night, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel awakens fatigued and dull skin to create an energised and healthy appearance – all residue-free!

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<strong>Kora Organics</strong> Heart Chakra Aromatherapy Oil
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Kora Organics Heart Chakra Aromatherapy Oil

Formulated by Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics, this nifty roll-on helps nurture both your mind and body, thanks to its blend of vegan and therapeutic essential oils. Perfect for those on the go, the Kora Organics Heart Chakra Aromatherapy Oil uses a combination of jojoba, cedarwood, sandalwood, rose and ylang ylang to keep your mind and body relaxed whilst refreshing and enhancing your mood. Doubling as an alternative to perfume, simply apply the oil to your inner wrists, base of your neck and behind your ears; in no time, you’ll be feeling (and smelling) better than ever.

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<strong>Lonely Planet</strong> Australia's Best Trips
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Lonely Planet Australia's Best Trips

So you’ve packed the car and now you’re stuck on where to go? Cue Lonely Planet’s Australia’s Best Trips book! Over 456 pages, Lonely Planet’s nifty guide will help you discover everything Australia has to offer with their curated list of 38 amazing road trips. It’s perfect whether you want to explore local secrets or stretch your legs somewhere new. This book will be your next road trip saviour thanks to its extensive list of itineraries, insider tips, essential information, honest reviews and useful features on where to have a quick pit-stop. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Ocean Road, let the Lonely Planet Australia’s Best Trips book take you there.

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<strong>Monopoly</strong> Road Trip Series
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Monopoly Road Trip Series

Whether you’re a back-seat bandit or pulling an all-nighter by the campfire, no road trip or travelling adventure is complete without a family-friendly, overly competitive game or two. And, what better option than Monopoly’s Road Trip Series board game! Ideal for two to four players, think a classic Monopoly gameplay tucked conveniently inside a sleek and portable case. Travel-themed, this version will have you buying up road trip attractions, amusement parks and more. Plus, if you need to make a pit-stop and come back later, simply close the case and you can pick up where you left off by simply reopening the case later.

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<strong>The North Face</strong> Arrowood Triclimate Jacket
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The North Face Arrowood Triclimate Jacket

Just think of it as a three-in-one jacket. Made from 100% windproof fabric and using The North Face’s DryVent technology; whether you’re a hiker, an adrenaline-seeker or a simple explorer, The North Face’s Arrowood Triclimate Jacket will have you covered. Featuring a breathable and water-resistant outer shell as well as a customisable inner-fleece-lined layer, your North Face jacket will have you staying dry, warm, stylish and comfortable when you’re on the go. What more could you need from a jacket?

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<strong>Peta and Jain</strong> Reagan Weekender Bag
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Peta and Jain Reagan Weekender Bag

Whether your car is overloaded with snacks, or you’re struggling to find room for that extra map, card game or camera, somehow one of the easiest things to misjudge can be how to pack all the good bits. Thanks to Peta and Jain, packing for your road trip will seem effortless with to this versatile overnight bag. Available in eight colours, this weekender bag combines street cool with efficiency – perfect for your next weekend away or a trip to the office. Featuring a zip-fastening, twin fixed handles, an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap as well as an internal pocket, you’ll have everything you need in the one place!

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<strong>Sukin</strong> SPF30 Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen
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Sukin SPF30 Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen

Australia’s leading natural skin and beauty product brand, Sukin, have their very own chemical-free, 100% naturally derived sunscreen – the SPF30 Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen. Mineral-based and vegan friendly, this sunscreen is perfect for preventing sun damage whilst also protecting marine life from bleaching attributed to many chemicals found in regular sunscreens. Thanks to its non-greasy formula, the Sukin SPF30 Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen is perfect for those constantly on the move or for regular daily wear.

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<strong>T2</strong> Stainless Steel Flask
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T2 Stainless Steel Flask

If you cannot go an afternoon without a cup of tea, T2’s Stainless Steel Flask will have adventure-lovers brewing into this nifty number. Made from stainless steel with T2’s reputable thermal insulation, your next tea time on the go will be your favourite, thanks to the sleekness and practicality of this flask. It boasts a screw top to prevent leakages and a removable tea infuser for your favourite tea blend (we recommend the T2 Gorgeous Geisha). Plus, thanks to the thermal qualities, the T2 Stainless Steel Flask will keep your tea warm for up to six hours!

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If you love to travel but you’re not too sure on where to head to next, keep up to date here with all of the best things to see and do around you! Or, if you think you’ve seen it all, can you name where all of these big Australian icons are found in this quiz?

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