Everything You Need to Plan a Road Trip

Planning a Road Trip?

The road trip is a quintessential American experience. Organizing a cross-country journey, a family vacation, or a solo trek takes a lot of thought and preparation. From gear roundups and the best routes to nifty services and entertainment that will help you survive (literally and figuratively), here’s a comprehensive list of everything you need to plan a road trip.

• Tunes ✔
• Snacks ✔
• Emergency kit ✔
• GPS app ✔
• Extra map ✔
• Sense of adventure ✔

Gear, Guides, Destinations, and Rides
Travel

Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State

A multi-day drive around the state of New York could have you behold famed Niagara Falls, pass through multiple mountain ranges, skirt deep glacial lakes, and visit multiple New York cities that are not New York City.
Auto

Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66

What better proving grounds for America's most iconic sports car than on America's most iconic road?
Travel

The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America

From Alaska to Pennsylvania to Hawaii, these roads will take you far, far away from it all.
Travel

5 Ways to Rent an RV for Your Next Road Trip

Owning an RV is more difficult and costly than you might think. The solution? Drive someone else's.
Outdoors

The Best Car Camping Gear for Any Season

Long nights, coolers full of beer, and comfortable beds are a good recipe for year-round car camping adventures. Here's what you need to bring.
Travel

Bowlus Road Chief’s Luxurious Endless Highways Is the Original Silver Bullet Camper

Airstream popularized the iconic silver bullet design, but Bowlus Road Chief did it first.
Podcast

The Ultimate Road Trip Prep Guide from The Manual Podcast Crew

The Manual podcast crew breaks down the essentials for a good road trip. From accessories to great routes, here is everything you need to hit the road.
Outdoors

Dispersed Camping Is Your Way to Camp for Free All Over the U.S.

Over a quarter of the United States is federally owned land and it’s free to camp on most of it.
Travel

Airstream Brings Back 2 of Its Most Popular and Affordable Travel Trailers

These two Kennedy-era Airstream trailers are among the most popular of all time. Even better? They're price tags aren't too steep.
Outdoors

The Most Jaw-Dropping Natural Swimming Holes in the United States

You don't need to trek to Thailand or South America to find sparkling depths and crystal-clear waters.
Auto

The Airy Carapate Teardrop Trailer Is Your Window to the Natural World

The unique, playful aesthetic would feel perfectly at home in a Wes Anderson flick.
Auto

The Best Motorcycle Tents for Camping on Two Wheels

When you’re ready to overnight along the way and an ordinary roadside motel won’t do, you need a proper motorcycle tent.
Travel

Best Road Trips in the World: 12 Drives Worth Flying For

There’s no shortage of stunning road trips here in the U.S., but some of the world's most beautiful drives are worthy flying for.
Travel

12 Best Road Trip Routes in the USA

The U.S. was blessed with some truly stunning drives -- check out the best of the best here.
Auto

14 Best Road Trip Cars, From the Practical to the Drool-Worthy

You want a car that can go the distance — maybe even cross-country. But you also need to balance practicality with style.
Travel

12 Best Audiobooks for Road Trips

We've included enthralling stories about American pop culture, the scenic land, its history, and, yes, even the darkness buried beneath all these topics.
Travel

The List of Must-Have Gear, Gadgets, and Services for Your Next Road Trip

Because you can't survive a road trip on gas station snacks and Google Maps alone.
Travel

Everything You Need to Know About Van Life (and Some Cool Gear to Take Along for Ride)

Contemplating a modern nomadic lifestyle? We interviewed four van life experts for tips on surviving and thriving on the road.