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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Travel

The Perfect North Carolina Road Trip: What to Eat, Drink, and Do

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This Camper Wants to Be Whatever Type of Travel Trailer You Need It to Be

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Road Trip! DriveShare is the Airbnb of Vintage, Exotic, and Collectible Cars

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Culture

Fast-Lane Listening: The Best Podcasts for Road Trips

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The Ultimate Guide to a Road Trip Across Newfoundland

One of Canada’s most remote provinces is also one of the most spectacular places to visit within the massive country.
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This Map Will Take You on the Same Road Trip in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’

Mescaline, high-powered blotter acid, and cocaine saltshaker not included.
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The View of an American Road Trip from the Back of a Motorcycle

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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.
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.