“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Accessories You’ll Want for Road-tripping in a Rental Car

Here’s another good resource I found while preparing for my upcoming road trip around the Southeastern United States. 

We determined that my little Audi convertible – great as it is for tooling around town – wouldn’t work for a two-week road trip, so we decided to rent an SUV. Then I stumbled across this SmarterTravel.com article by Christine Sarkis about how to equip your rented ride for a long trip. I think you’ll find it worth reading whether you’re renting a car for a road trip or using your own vehicle.

The items on Christine’s list that I’ll be sure to take along include:

Car Seat Cushion

“If you’re sitting for hours in the no-frills bucket seat of a base-model rental car, it’s a wise idea to BYOP—bring your own padding.” This is especially helpful for us older road-trippers.

Air Vent Phone Car Mount

“Keep your phone secure and within reach.” I already have one, but this reminded me to be sure I take it along.


“You’ve got gear, and after hours on the road, that gear is going to need juice.” I’ll definitely be taking a compact multi-charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter AND a fast charger.

Paper Map

“Map apps can’t always keep up…In places where service is spotty, map apps sometimes lose their way.” I’ll definitely have my Triple-A maps and tour books for just such occasions. Besides, paper maps remind me of my early adventures.


“Passengers don’t always agree on the optimal temperature inside a car…Stay cozy and pack light with a fleece throw.” I think this is a must-have.

Safety Hammer Escape Tool

“You can prioritize road-trip safety… with a multi-purpose car emergency tool.” Hope I never need it, but always glad I have it.

Check out all of Christine’s suggestions. You may find a couple more essentials that I skipped. Safe travels!