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How to Stay Comfortable on a Road Trip (10 Accessories)

RVs are designed for long hauls, but people aren’t! These driving accessories will help you stay comfortable on a road trip, whether you’re the driver or passenger…

There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination after a long, uncomfortable drive that leaves you irritable even before setup begins. 

While RV designers put a lot of work into making the cab comfortable, they can’t cater to all of our individual needs. Some of us need more lumbar or tushy support. Some need heat or to be cooled down. 

And we all need little nifty accessories to make the drive more enjoyable.

Here are ten products that will help you and your passenger stay comfortable on a road trip…

10 Driving Comfort Accessories for Drivers & Passengers

I tried to include something for everyone on this list. Granted, some of these items are only for the passenger, but as I like to say, “Happy passenger, happy driver.” 

We start off the list with physical comforts and then move into what I think are must-have travel accessories that help you stay comfortable on a road trip.

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Everlasting Comfort Seat Cushion

When sitting for hours on end, your tuchus suffers the brunt of the discomfort. Your cheeks get sore, your tailbone starts to ache, and you’re surprised your built-in padding isn’t doing the trick!

If your RV seat cushion isn’t cutting it, then I recommend this Everlasting Comfort seat cushion. It’s made to be used anywhere but works well in an RV. 

You might be skeptical of its odd shape, but the reviewers swear by it and how it relieves both buttocks and back pain.

Everlasting Comfort Lumbar Support Pillow

If your tush is just fine, but you find yourself arching and stretching your back repeatedly, you probably need more lumbar support.

This lumbar support pillow is the same brand as the seat cushion, and you’ll actually see this brand a couple of more times on this list. They really live up to their name of “everlasting comfort.”

Again, it’s designed to be used anywhere. So, once you arrive at your destination, you can move it to your dining chair, couch, or even camping chair.

If you need both lumbar and bottom support to stay comfortable on a road trip, then the next bundle is for you…

Everlasting Comfort Cushion & Lumbar Support (Combo)

This bundles the last two recommended products together. So, if you need full back and bottom support, then this combo is for you.

As mentioned, Everlasting Comfort is a highly regarded brand when it comes to seated comfort. These supports are made with a breathable mesh cover that allows air to flow through and high-quality memory foam.

The adjustable straps keep the back cushion secure on any chair and the non-slip rubber bottom keeps the seat cushion in place even when you shift in your seat.

Everlasting Comfort Foot Rest

Now, this product is a comfortable foot rest for the passenger. It’s something that most people don’t think about but can help you stay comfortable on a road trip.

It’s designed to go under a desk but works great in an RV as well. It is undoubtedly a much safer option than putting your feet on the dash or even curling them up in your seat.

Like the other Everlasting Comfort products, it’s made of high-quality memory foam and is a tear-dropped shape for ergonomic support. It promotes circulation and keeps your feet from falling asleep while you’re on the road.

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HealthMate 12 Heated Seat Cushion

There are some snazzy-looking heated seat covers with massagers and all the bells and whistles. But, none of them are very reliable or well-reviewed. 

From my research, it seems like the more straightforward (and more affordable) option is actually the best if you’re looking for heated seats for your RV. 

This seat cushion offers lumbar support, but more importantly, it’s a 12v heated seat with low and high-temperature control. It’s great for cold days or simply for relaxing your muscles on a long drive.

Zone Tech Cooling Car Seat Cushion

Where one person likes heated seats, another likes cooling seats. Or, perhaps you like both but during different seasons!

I wanted to include a cooling car seat cushion on this list, but it was pretty hard to find a good one. This Zone Tech model has consistently high reviews. 

One particular reviewer sold me on the product with “People with sweaty butts and backs all over the world need this… Never again will I arrive to my destination with a sweaty butt. Never again.”

If that doesn’t say it all, then I don’t know what would.

BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow

I’m hesitant to recommend this for drivers because it’s so comfy I’d be scared you’d fall asleep at the wheel. So, I’m going to limit this recommendation to passengers.

This travel pillow offers 3 ways to support your head, neck, and chin. Yep, you’re chin, too! That’s what sets this travel pillow aside from all of the others. 

It comes in a bunch of colors and designs, but even if it was ugly, I’d still recommend it. 

Vekkia/LuminoLite Rechargeable Book Light

There are a lot of book lights available, but I like this one for a few good reasons. For one, it has 3 brightness settings. For two, the battery lasts a long time (up to 70 hours!). 

For three and most importantly, it’s rechargeable! No scrounging for batteries or adding to battery waste in our landfills.

TOZO Wireless Earbuds

I recommend these wireless earbuds for both drivers and passengers. However, my recommendation only applies to drivers if and only if you only wear one while driving, not both! 

Driving while listening to two earbuds is dangerous, and wearing headphones while driving is even illegal in several states

You always want to make sure the volume doesn’t supersede the road noise, as we use our ears to drive nearly as much as our eyes.

But, I also know that an audiobook, podcasts, or music can help keep us awake and alert while driving. That’s when these earbuds come in handy if safely used.

Kastking Skidaway Polarized Sunglasses

Driving into the sunset is a romantic notion until you realize the sun is blinding you as you drive down the road. These polarized sunglasses will help keep it a romantic notion.

This classic sporty design works well for both men and women. They’re great for driving and are also excellent fishing sunglasses.

Best of all, they’re affordable. No worries if you lose or break them during your travels!

Stay Entertained While on a Road Trip

Now that you have everything you need to stay comfortable on a road trip, you need some things to keep you entertained! You should check out these 5 Best Road Trip Games for Adults and this Amazon shopping list of books, movies, and games for RVers.

New ebook from Mike and Jennifer Wendland – the Natchez Trace

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The Natchez Trace Parkway will capture your imagination, soothe your jangled travel nerves, open your mind and inspire you with the history that unfolded along its 444 miles.

Each of the 7 Days of the ebook has:

  • Suggested Mileposts to explore
  • Places to Eat in each area of the 7 sections
  • Campground descriptions and links
  • Links to all the special places and information
  • Links to videos that show more in detail
  • and a lot of highlighted information for each section

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a printed, hard copy guide.

Whether you want to follow the footsteps of explorers, discover natural beauty, or visit historic sites, the Trace has something to grab your attention and leave you eager to see what’s at the next milepost.

You can see why this is one of our favorite US routes to explore. We’ve traveled it a half dozen times!

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2022-05-09

Mike Wendland is an Emmy award-winning journalist, traveler, and producer of RV Podcast, the RV Lifestyle travel blog, and the RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube. Mike, traveling with his wife Jennifer and their Norwegian Elkhound, Bo, has vast experience and a great passion for exploring North America, previously working as a long-time NBC-TV News Channel Technology Correspondent and now sharing his love for the RV lifestyle with millions. Mike is not only an adept RV life enthusiast but also a skillful storyteller, bringing to his channels stories from the road that perfectly capture the magic and hardships of this lifestyle.

2 Responses to “How to Stay Comfortable on a Road Trip (10 Accessories)”

May 09, 2022at9:37 am, Mary Privett said:

Congratulations on your 5th wheel. I have a suggestion for you. We had a back up camera installed on the back of the 5th wheel at Camper World. It helps with backing up and seeing whats behind you when driving. Also we had a small back up camera set up behind the truck aimed at the hitch that way my husband can see the hook up and has no problem putting it in the right place every time. He only uses it for that and then disconnects it and plugs in the rear camera on the back of the rig. I hope this helps you.


May 09, 2022at4:08 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Thank you for sharing this tip. Mike is, actually, researching this now! Happy Trails – Team RV Lifestyle


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