The destination is chosen, oil changed, and a quick check of the tire pressure. You are ready for the open road; the world is yours for an EPIC road trip. But have you packed effectively? What have you forgotten that you will need down the road? There is nothing worse than finding yourself far from home and not having a useful tool or essential that will make your road trip ride smoother.

Below is a list of key road essentials to toss in your pack or trunk—some obvious and others not so much. With these times along for the ride, you will be able to stay focused on experiencing the country and the beauty the way it is meant to be seen, from coast to coast and all that’s in between. Safe driving, folks!


Shades – Sunski Treeline Glacier Goggles

Multipurpose Tool – Leatherman P2 – Multipurpose Plier

Pack – Speck Travel Backpack

First Aid Kit – Best Made Small First Aid Kit

Flashlight – Fenix PD36R 1600 rechargeable CREE LED


There you have it, everything you need to get you on the road and leaving your day-to-day worries behind. Grab the car ride games, download your kick-ass playlist (put a road atlas in the car to keep dad happy) and hit the road in search of adventure.


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