There is no secret formula to planning the perfect road trip, but if you've been on enough of them you know that it basically comes down to having the right people in your car, the right playlists ready to go, and a sense of adventure to keep things loose and fun. That said, every successful long-haul drive requires a bit of planning to ensure you're ready for any potential hairy situations (or harried and hangry passengers) along the way.
To help you pack up your car like a seasoned pro next time you head out on a long trip, we've pulled together the 11 things to bring on every road trip to make sure you get where you're going as safely, conveniently, and comfortably as possible. Just don't rely on us to keep the peace when it comes to the playlists. That's all on you.