If there’s one thing that the Land of the Free does best after doughnuts and bulk sizes, it’s road trips. From the world’s largest ketchup bottle to french toast at a roadside diner – the authentic American experience begins with a journey across its highways. But don’t start your engine without these five essentials:
There’s nothing more liberating than rolling down the windows and getting jiggy to a good playlist. JT’s Summer Love and all things Taylor Swift are some personal favorites.
2. Junk food
No road trip is complete without a Slim Jim, Peanut Butter M&M’s and a Blue Raspberry Slushie. For the best treats, make your pit stop at a gas station.
Let’s face it, eventually the boredom will take over and you’ll want to ask Are we there yet?! Before you do, crack open a good read. Your driver will love you forever.
4. Maps (the old-fashioned kind)
Every road trip pro knows that technology will probably fail – especially if you’re in the middle of nowhere. But fear not, that Road Atlas crumpled under the seat wants to be your best friend.
5. A blanket
First of all, you don’t ever want to miss a good picnicking opportunity. And it’s inevitable that there will be differing opinions regarding the car’s air temperature – come prepared.
Now pump up the jams and pass the Cheetos. You’re ready for the rubber to meet the road!