July 22, 2017

6 Least Essential Road Trip Products in My Inbox

A few weeks ago, I put out a request for anything that might fall into the “road trip essentials” category. I was looking for travel games, car snacks, electronics, travel gear, mobile apps, anything that we might find useful on our cross-country road trip this summer.

I plan to share the most useful picks in a few weeks, but for now, I wanted to share some of the more random products that were shared with me, or what I would refer to as the least essential road trip products. Take a look. Which do you consider the least essential of all the least essential products?

I know, I’d never heard of it either. Apparently, Pocky is a Japanese “cookie biscuit stick covered in delicious chocolate cream.” Essential? Not so much. Messy? Definitely. I can already see us driving through Arizona in July with melted Pocky sticks all over the minivan. I’ll pass on this one.

It’s a lollipop that helps prevent tooth decay. It cleans your teeth after meals. I could possibly see a use for this after stopping for lunch on the road, but a travel toothbrush and toothpaste (and floss, of course) would work just fine too. Another pass.


Foot Cardigan
Now this is one of the more random products that reached my inbox. According to the PR girl, our road trip “would definitely not be complete without warm, funky socks.” Who knew, but apparently a subscription to the Foot Cardigan sock-of-the-month club is a necessity. So there you go.

Foot Cardigan

EZ-Roll Holder
I can see the uses, but I’m still not buying that an EZ-Roll Holder, which can hold paper towels or toilet paper, is a total necessity. Apparently, I can attach it to a wagon, a wheelchair, my backpack or the back of the passenger seat for easy access and so the roll doesn’t fall and get dirty. Okay, I guess.

ez-roll holder

Sand Gone
Sand Gone is a fine powder that removes sand that gets stuck to your body when you’re at the beach. Good idea. It’s $14.95 plus $2.95 shipping. But, guess what, baby powder does the same thing and it will cost you less than a buck.

sand gone

I’m listing the Hoboroll, a “compartmentalized stuff-sack,” not because of anything about the product, but because the PR girl or guy (the name was “Chez”) offered me a demo product for 50% off the retail price. That’s really not how you do it, but okay.


I also got an email addressed to “Allison” pitching me on a beautiful beach resort in Miami along with hi-res images. I’m guessing (hoping) she meant to respond to another media query on the same listing.

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