Everything You Need to Plan 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, which is why we’ve rounded up everything you might need to plan a road trip, whether it be a cross-country journey, a family vacation, or a solo trek. From gear roundups to the best routes to nifty services and entertainment to help you survive (literally and figuratively), here’s a comprehensive USA road trip planner. Keep coming back throughout the month of June 2018 as we add more to our guide.

To get you started on your adventure, here is a quick rundown of the road trip essentials:

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Fashion & Style

Clothes for the Road: 10 Essentials to Pack for Every Road Trip

Because you've gotta get outta the car at some point.
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.
Outdoors

Packable (and Fun) Outdoor Gear That Will Actually Fit In Your Car

How do you bring all your food, friends, and camp gear on a road trip and still have space for the toys?
Food & Drink

The Best Road Trip Snacks to Bring Along for the Ride

When preparing your snack pack for a road trip, you’re going to want a balance of things.
Travel

9 Road Trip Apps That’ll Make Your Next Journey More Epic

And the best part? They're all free.
Travel

The Ultimate New Mexico Road Trip Itinerary

Road trips across New Mexico should consist of breakfast burritos, vintage Americana, stunning desert backdrops, and a little relaxation.
Music

Best Road Trip Songs: Hit Play Then Hit the Gas

Ah, the open road! It beckons us to cast aside responsibility, embrace the unknown, jump in the car, and just go. Take this mixtape with you.
Travel

Best Road Trips in the World: 8 Drives Worth Flying For

There’s no shortage of stunning road trips here in the United States, but some of the most beautiful drives can be found after a short (or long) flight.
Podcast

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Road Trip Episode

The long stretch of pavement, the open sky, and the unexplored sections of your map are calling. Here are a few things to consider before your next road trip.
Travel

3 Simple Tips for Staying Fit and Healthy on the Road

With a bit of advance planning, wellness while traveling can be (almost) as simple as it is back home.
Travel

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

Weird and Wonderful: 10 Most Bizarre Roadside Attractions in the U.S.

From Cadillac Ranch to Salvation Mountain to Lucy the Elephant, American's highways are lined with some picture-worthy pit stops.
Auto

Let In Just the Right Amount of Nature with the Airstream Basecamp

Light campers like the new Airstream Basecamp are a way to socialize and stay comfortable, so you can indulge in nature for longer.
Auto

13 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.
Culture

Fast-Lane Listening: The Best Podcasts for Road Trips in 2018

Sometimes during a long drive, you just need to sit and be quiet so you don't kill your car companions. That's where podcasts come in.
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.
Outdoors

Escape in Style With the Best Ultra-light Travel Trailers of 2018

It doesn't matter what kind of traveler you are — weekender, hardcore explorer, gear hauler, etc. — there's a camper for you.
Outdoors

Sleep Off-Grid and Off-the-Ground with the Best Rooftop Tents

They're not cheap, but what's a lifetime of adventure cost?