- 1 Key finding with just one click
- 2 Baby car seats that install with ease
- 3 Easy behind-the-wheel hydration
- 4 Car mounts to park your phone
- 5 Cute headphones for kids’ quiet time
- 6 Silicone snack bags for food on the go
- 7 A USB charger to power up faster
- 8 Tools and Emergency Supplies to Keep in the Car for Winter Driving
- 9 The Best Car Stereos With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 10 How to Prep Your Car for Winter Driving—and Navigate Snowy Roads Like You Know What You’re Doing
- 11 Road-Trip Essentials
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More than perhaps ever before, our cars became extensions of ourselves in 2020. They’re what we sat in (or on) to enjoy drive-in movies and concerts, or drive-by graduation ceremonies and birthday parties. If you’ve been feeling particularly cabin-feverish over the past year, maybe you even embarked on a road trip or went car camping to shake things up, or maybe you just resurrected the bygone tradition of the Sunday drive. No matter the reason you’re spending more time in your vehicle, if you’re on the hunt for new ways to outfit your ride (or upgrade the car gear you’ve already got), here are the best deals we’re found on the accessories that will make your next auto outing as smooth and comfortable as can be.
Key finding with just one click
No excursion can begin until you know where you left your car keys. If finding yours is a recurring problem, the solution could be a Tile Mate. This Bluetooth-equipped tracker attaches to your key ring and emits a sound with a simple tap of the “find” button on your phone’s corresponding app. This latest iteration of the Tile Mate nabbed the top spot in our guide to the best Bluetooth trackers earlier this year because of its rechargeable battery’s long lifespan, its extensive range (we found the tracker works up to 152 feet), and its loud alarm—all of which will help you locate your keys easily even if, let’s say, they’ve been stuffed into a puffy coat pocket behind a closed closet door for days on end. The Tile Mate (2020) is currently down to $18 when you opt for store pickup from Home Depot and also makes a great, last-minute holiday gift for the forgetful loved one in your life—including yourself.
Read our review of the best Bluetooth trackers.
Baby car seats that install with ease
If you’ve got small kids, car seats are another obvious essential—and right now, you can purchase two of our most recommended seats for less. There’s currently a rare deal on the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, our top pick in our infant car seat guide, that brings it down to $150. We found that the KeyFit 30 offers better overall safety than the competition, as well as easier installation (a must-have when you’re trying to set up a seat for the first time in the dead of winter). Meanwhile, our runner-up pick in our guide to the best convertible car seats, the Graco Extend2Fit, is similarly discounted to a price almost as low as the best we’ve seen. Our testers love that it’s lighter than similarly sized car seats and that it comes with an extra cup holder (a much-needed amenity during lengthier car rides). Plus, it boasts one of the highest rear-facing weight limits among the seats we tried.
Read our reviews of the best infant car seats and the best convertible car seats.
Easy behind-the-wheel hydration
Bathroom stops can be the bane of car trips, but then again, staying hydrated is important when you’re trying to stay alert on the road (and ward off winter’s chapped lips). The Takeya Actives Water Bottle was a standout in our best water bottles roundup because of its versatility, as it’s equally suitable for use at the gym, at work, or even during a public-transit commute. For drivers, though, its best feature may be its spout lid, which will ensure spill-free sips behind the wheel even when passing over bumpy terrain. The Takeya is also cup holder-compatible, another advantageous perk for drivers. Choose among several colorways for the 22-ounce Takeya and use the code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to buy this bottle at nearly half off.
Read our review of the best water bottles.
Car mounts to park your phone
Unless your car comes equipped with CarPlay or Android Auto, you probably need a car phone mount to use your navigation system safely. The best car mounts make following your GPS directions safer and easier—
—and now, you can choose from two Wirecutter picks that are currently on sale. The iOttie iTap Magnetic 2 is being offered at about a third less than its street price in a pair of different models: one that mounts to your car stereo’s CD slot and another that attaches to your front vent slats. Both rely on a magnetic mount that our testers found offer the most convenience and ease of use, ultimately providing the best overall experience.
Read our review of the best smartphone car mounts.
Cute headphones for kids’ quiet time
If you’re traveling with kids, you may be hoping that your drive can double as a long winter’s nap for your little one—or perhaps you just want to be able jam out to your favorite hardcore death-metal punk playlist without corrupting your children’s naive worldviews. Either way, consider these noise-cancelling Muted Earmuffs, which can (at the very least) drown out road sounds to help your backseat passenger nod off for a bit. The headband on these over-ear headphones are so comfortable and adjustable that they can stay with your kid through tweendom (our testers found they stay put on just as well on 18-month-olds as they do on12-year-olds), and they come in a bunch of fun, kid-appropriate (unlike your music) colors and patterns. They’re currently available in the Rainbow Hearts and Geometric Leaf patterns for just $14 when you clip the on-page coupon, and in many other looks for just $1 more.
Read our review of the best earplugs for concerts.
Silicone snack bags for food on the go
What’s a road trip without snacks? We like Stasher bags for all sorts of reasons: They’re reusable; they can withstand the freezer, the oven, and the dishwasher; they don’t retain stains or odors; they come in cute colors. Another reason? The snack-sized Stashers, about the size of half a typical sandwich bag, are perfect for portioning out goodies ahead of time. Ahead of the holidays, Stasher is selling two of their multi-pack bundles at 30% off the regular price. Each bundle is available in either pastel or neon colors and contains four Stashers in an array of sizes (including the aforementioned snack), so you could also use the larger Stashers for a big bag of munchies to pass around during the drive.
Read our review of the best reusable produce bags, beeswax wraps, and other ways to reduce plastic waste.
A USB charger to power up faster
Forgot to power up before you left home? Fast-charge all your in-car devices more quickly than the port that came with your car by dropping just a few dollars on a USB car charger. And right now, you can get the Scosche ReVolt Car Charger, a competition pick that didn’t make the cut because of its normally pricey sticker tag, for less than our recommended budget pick. In our testing, this dual-port USB-A charger performed just as well as our upgrade pick—plus, it comes with glowing ports that allow for easy plug-in even when driving at night.
Read our review of the best USB car chargers.
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