The Road Trip Checklist
Insider tips to prepare you (and your car) for the open road and its possibilities.
Flying might be faster, but everyone knows that when it's good, traveling is about the journey, not the destination. So whether you're skipping town for a quick weekend trip or packing up your car for a cross-county journey, these six essentials are guaranteed to get you where you're going in style.
This one's a small detail, but an important one. You need something to organize your keys, so it might as well be ruggedly handsome and functional. This one is well designed and remarkably durable. And capable of cracking open a beer with the built-in bottle opener.
$38.95 by Handgrey
Music is essential for any great road trip. If your car's lacking wireless connectivity, this easy Bluetooth kit is the solution. It boasts crystal clear sound quality, plus active noise-suppression technology means no road noise or echoes. And it works with any car stereo's AUX input.
$39.99 / $19.99 by Anker
These sunglasses are perfect for driving. First off, they look badass. But more importantly, the lenses are polarized and tuned for the perfect optical clarity. Meaning it gives you high-def vision. Plus, they're treated with a scratch-proof thermal hardcoat for maximum durability.
$55 by Sunski
Miles of roadway in the United States.
(Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics)
Don't miss any of the beauty of the open road with this sturdy rig. Affix the camera to the hood of your car and record all the twists and turns or set it to time-lapse mode and let it make a day's worth of driving all the more dramatic.
If you're in search of the shortest or the fastest route, tap the maps app on your phone. When you're looking to enjoy the ride and live a little, crack open a paper atlas. This handy spiral-bound book offers detailed maps of all 50 states with such helpful details as where to find popular attractions, points-of-interest and hiking spots.
$14.36 by National Geographic
Toss a pack of sanitizing wipes into the glove box and marvel at how much you end up using them. These contain organic ethanol which is a natural disinfectant and plant-derived moisturizers along with pure essential oils.
$2.52 by EO Products