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Planning any road trip is as time-consuming as any full-time job—including the most important parts like planning where to stop, where to eat and what to do. If it is just you or the entire family, there are a set of essentials that you might think about adding to your trip to make it better.

Pickle Juice

This energy drink-looking bottle from The Pickle Juice® Company has been used by athletes as a secret weapon to prevent muscle cramps. But what about adding these to your travel bag to have a smooth muscle cramp free road tripSounds intriguing right? I did put it to the test on a recent 5-hour trip to Louisville from Chicago. When I was reaching just about the third hour of the trip, I took a sip of pickle juice and like magic a few minutes later cramp gone. So I got a couple bottles left and for sure I’ll make sure there one of them this summer for a couple hiking trips I’m doing.

 

Space Saver Towel

Packing the right essentials is key for any trip, but what about the bulky puffy towel we always hate carrying around? Dock & Bay have some amazing quick-dry microfiber towels that are easy to carry around, made of 80 percent polyester and 20 percent polyamide, making them soft to the touch, and extremely absorbent with quick-dry

 

 

The Ultimate Hawaiian Shirt

There is no summer trip without wearing a Hawaiian shirt on the beach. But no shirts are made the same, especially here at California Cowboy’s. Their updated shirts come with a dry pocket for any important electronic devices, a built-in towel to keep you dry after a beach day and a bottle pocket keeping you hydrated while partying by the pool. 

 

 

Keep Mosquitoes Away With This Shirt

A repellent shield doesn’t sound too bad when you’re  an adventurous traveler seeking to explore the deep jungle or just exploring one of the many national parks. The Men’s Talisman Plaid shirt will keep those mighty bugs awaythink mosquitoes, ticks, and flies.  This shirt has an odorless repellent, will stay off your skin and last up to 70 washes.

 

 

Picture Perfect with Super Light Weight Tripod/Selfie Stick

This super lightweight tripod is easy to be carried in any bag during your trip. Be ready to take some of the best dark sky pictures or best city time lapses. With an easy lock-in system, you can secure your tripod legs fast and easy, not to mention that they come in seven colors to pick. Another feature is that you can transform this tripod into a selfie stick by detaching the center column.  

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Henrique Kerch

I’m a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light.

Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.