The 10 Best road-trip gadgets

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If you're planning a car or bike journey of any duration this summer, make sure you enjoy the ride with these picks.

1. Thule Excellence

Thule is the market leader in car storage and this slick and stylish, aerodynamic roof box is its flagship, top-of-the-range model. The elegant piece of kit has a capacity of 470l, seriously boosting the amount of gear you can take on drives.


2. Garmin Nuvi 52LM

An entry-level model from a well trusted brand for in-car GPS. The 5in display shows your driving speed, speed limits and arrival time and the innovative lane-assist function with junction view indicates the proper lane for a turn or exit. It can also be loaded up with a wide range of extra maps.


3. Saris Bones 3-Bike Rack

A simple, rear-mounted bike rack with a bright, funky design that comes in a range of colours. It is designed to fit the majority of vehicles and be compatible with most bikes, which are stabilised with integrated ratchet straps. The arc-based design fits over most spoilers and separates the bikes on different levels.


4. Mio Cyclo 300 Europe

A simple, user-friendly, bicycle navigation device that also keeps track of your performance. The integrated car-navigation mode can even give you turn-by-turn directions to the nearest, or starting point, of a selected bicycle route This particular model includes maps for all of western Europe making it a must-have gadget for summer touring.


5. Campingaz Powerbox

Designed for longer camping or road trips, this coolbox can be used as a chest-style cooler or an upright fridge. It can be hooked up to the car battery or a mains connection, has a 36l capacity and when upright can store three 1.5l bottles vertically.


6. Rice Food Containers

Perfect for picnics or lunch on the road, these eye-catching, stylish block-colour food containers stack together with a cleverly designed carrier strap that clips to all three. They're also very robust and easy to clean.


7. Worldwide Travel Adaptor

It may not be the most glamorous piece of kit, but it's certainly one of the most useful things to have with you on a trip abroad. This adaptor also features twin USB sockets; perfect for keeping all your gadgets in action.


8. Lifeventure Thermal Mug

A high-quality, stainless steel thermal mug, ideal for camping, or sipping coffee on the road. Designed to be the same size as a large cup of tea, the vacuum insulated mug has as screw-on lid that should make sure that you don't spill your hot drink.


9. Coleman LED Flashlight

A handy, compact, yet ultra-bright torch that can be tucked away in the glove compartment in case of emergency. It is weather-resistant, with durable aluminium casing and weighs in at just 144g.


10. Supertooth Crystal

The ultimate Bluetooth accessory for a road trip, the Crystal is a zero-installation in-car speakerphone. It not only allows for hands-free driving, but can also sync with your GPS and stream music directly from compatible phones like a mini-soundsystem.


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