Driving somewhere for Thanksgiving? Make the journey more enjoyable.
Snack: Why not warm up rice and vegetables for the kids, or that leftover apple pie, in a portable stove? The RoadPro 12-Volt Portable Stove plugs into your car’s power outlet and can be used to heat (up to 300 degrees) all kinds of precooked food, from soup to frozen dinners. ($33.06; www.amazon.com)
Relax: For those who are always colder than everyone else in the car, there’s no need to shiver. This fleece Plaid Electric Blanket is large (59 by 43 inches) and has an 8-foot-long cord that plugs into the 12-volt outlet. ($22.99; www.wayfair.com)
When you want to block out light, not to mention your fellow passengers, there’s the Grand Trunk Travel Pillow. A black, memory-foam neck pillow with an adjustable hood attached, it’s covered in microfleece. And the pillow rolls up into the hood when you arrive and want to stash it away. ($39.95; www.llbean.com)
Play: Those who enjoy classic games like Hangman, Memory and, of course, the USA License Plate Game may appreciate travel gameboard versions with no loose pieces from Melissa & Doug. $12.99 to $19.99 each; www.melissaanddoug.com)
Headphones are a must for those times when you want to sleep, watch a movie, listen to your own music or take a phone call over Bluetooth. If you’re going to invest in a pair that lasts and blocks ambient noise, check out the latest SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II, from Bose, offer up to 15 hours of play time with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. ($279.95; www.bose.com)
Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times