For, I share essential road trip items on Let’s Talk Live in DC.

If you’re traveling with kids ages 4-12, space is in short supply and booster seats can be so bulky! The mifold portable booster seat is 10X smaller than the standard booster but it’s just as safe and comfortable. It’s even small enough to fit in your purse! Great for flights, too.


Avoid the “are we there yet’s” and “mom, I need my’s” with a seatback organizer that gives the kids access to everything they need, from drinks to tissues to toys and crayons. I like the Lassig Car Wrap to Go at, which comes in several cute designs.


Whether you are driving your own car or renting one, you need to be prepared just in case something goes wrong. I make sure I have a portable jump starter, like the Eco X Gear Emergency Jump Starter at on every road trip. It will not only jumpstart your car or truck (or even a boat), it will charge multiple smart devices and function as a flashlight or hazard light.


If you have a bad back or tense neck, you’re not looking forward to those hours in the car. If you have some time to be the passenger, a massage to keep things loose may alleviate those back issues. The M-Cushion at provides a shiatsu-style massage (with or without heat) and comes in a variety of stylish patterns. It looks great on your couch, but you can also order a car adapter and take it on the road with you.

A cooler for snacks and drinks will help save you money – and eat healthier – on the road. If you bring a soft-sided one, like the Clever Made Snap Basket Collapsible Cooler $29.95 from The Grommet, you can easily bring it along to the beach, park or on short hikes. And this one collapses flat so it’s great to travel with!  36hrs