10 Essentials for Summer Road Trips

Hit the Road, but Only After You Read This

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We understand you might not be traveling right now, but if you choose to hit the road, we hope this helps.

If the road is calling your name, you should listen to it.

Because piling in the car and then driving somewhere that's not your own home is a time-honored tradition, and one that occurs with frequency in this season called summer.

With that in mind, we've rounded up 10 of the best, most helpful items to make your road trip better and easier than it has any right to be. So toss the following items in the backseat, buckle up, and head west. Or whichever direction will take you where you want to go.

First up, you need something to carry all your stuff. Something like this waterproof, waxed canvas weekender bag with harness leather straps. Boarding Pass, $275

Nothing derails a road trip quicker than uncomfortable legs. Keep things soft, breezy and functional with some easygoing cotton shorts. Outerknown, $78

These ready-for-anything go-bags are stocked with whatever your situation may require, assuming your situation requires things like flashlights, batteries, first-aid kits, hand sanitizer and multi-tools. Judy, $60-250

This insulated 36-ounce thermos keeps cold things cold and hot things hot. It also has a controlled spout, so you won't spill water all over your shirt while you drive. Stanley, $30

You did say you wanted to look impossibly handsome and badass during this trip, didn’t you? Pretty sure you said that. Warby Parker, $145

Here's a handwoven blanket for sitting on, should your excursion include a picnic stop or a visit to the beach. Steven Alan, $86 

If your trip takes you off the beaten path, you'll want a reliable navigator beyond whoever's in your passenger seat. That's where this off-road GPS app comes in, with its 400,000 miles of trails, open roads and public lands. OnX Offroad, $30/year

Feeling snacky? You'll want something high in protein to stay alert and curb your hunger. Enter jerky, or in this case, biltong, which is South Africa's answer to dried meat. Brooklyn Biltong, $11

You want to make sure your steering wheel is in constant contact with fine North American deerskin—just like Gosling’s in "Drive." Though ideally without the ensuing murder and mayhem. Pratt and Hart, $46

Whether you're taking a long weekend on the lake or will be holed up in an isolated cabin, you're going to want a cooler stocked full of beer and other provisions. But certainly beer. Yeti, $200-400

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