Our Guide to the Perfect Summertime Road Trip

It’s Saturday morning. The smell of coffee fills the kitchen, and as you look out the window, the sun is just starting to rise over the hills. You have no plans for the day, and suddenly your desire to hit the road, put on your favorite playlist and see where the day takes you is overwhelming. Like many, taking a planned or even unplanned road trip can be an enjoyable summer pastime. Whether you decide to take on the road alone and invite company along, there are certain things you don’t want to leave the house without. We are sharing our favorite road trip essentials—complete with a killer playlist—to ensure you have everything to need for a safe and enjoyable journey.

Road Trip Essentials

  • Sunglasses
  • Phone charger
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Water/Beverages
  • Blanket
  • Book
  • Travel games
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash


1. “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5

2. “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts

3. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

4. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

5. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire

6. “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi

7. “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke

8. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

9. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

10. “Little Red Corvette” by Prince