Katherine Ly and Lisa Gaspar

This summer, the spontaneity and freedom of car travel beckons. Turn up the tunes, roll down the window and hit the blacktop for a fabulous road trip vacation. Here are our to-pack picks, so that all you have to worry about are the stops along the way.

Mini Instax Polaroid Camera – Fujifilm

Capture each moment of your vacation with the Mini 8 Instax Polaroid Camera. Film is included and you can create designs on the photo borders for the ultimate customizing. Available in white, sky and black. $87. urbanoutfitters.ca

Wood Print Insulated Water Bottle – S’WELL

Hydration is a must while travelling.  Consider the Wood Print S’WELL water bottle as a travel accessory. Water stays cool for up to 24 hours and the half litre size fits nicely into your car’s cup-holder. $45. thebay.com

Qilalla Sunglasses – Aldo Accessories

Soak in the sunshine with sunnies from Aldo Accessories. The cat-eye lenses with pink reflective wash are sure to turn heads.  Wear to the beach or pool and protect your eyes from harsh rays while looking like the cat’s meow. $16. aldoshoes.com

HC800 Headphones – Panasonic

Get connected to the latest tunes while on vacay with Panasonic HC800 headphones.  You can pick up all the high notes on your playlist since these headphones provide a clear, clean sound. $200. shopping.panasonic.ca

Rim Runner 22 Backpack – Camelbak

Get your travel on with the Rim Runner backpack on your next trip.  The unique design holds up to 2.5 litres in the water compartment. Comes with a hip belt and cargo pockets, so travellers can carry everything from lunch, water and other gear. $150. canada.camelbak.com

Antioxidant Hydramist – Dermalogica

Stay cool with a spritz of Dermalogica’s refreshing peptide toner. The hydrating, antioxidant face shield helps reduce fine lines and signs of aging. Mist onto skin throughout the day for a refreshing boost. $16. 30mL. dermalogica.ca

Canadiana 50cm Carry-on Suitcase – Atlantic Luggage

This Atlantic Luggage, Canadian inspired carry-on is also easy to hoist into car trunks. Features include an interior tie-down that keeps items secure, a privacy pocket inside of the main compartment, and “Spin 360°,” a 4-wheeled system that allows you to move easily in all directions. $110. thebay.com

Annapurna Trail Mix – Prana

Bring along this sweet, salty mix for a shot of wholesome energy. All organic, it includes crunchy almonds, nutrient dense goji berries and naturally sweet, tangy cranberries. $25. prana.bio