You will get hungry and you will want to eat drive through French fries. It will be fun and tasty the first time, and maybe the second, but by the third stop you will start to hate yourself and long for a vegetable. Save yourself the trouble. Put a cooler in the trunk and fill it with GOOD snacks. Hummus and crackers, bread, cheese, fruit, whatever. You will save money and time and make everyone else jealous when you pull out your sandwich supplies at Tunnel View in Yosemite.
Music is the OG road trip necessity. The two were made for each other. Modern technology makes it easier than ever to have good music at your fingertips. Try to have a combination of tunes that will fit the mood, wake you up if you get sleepy, and inspire CAReoke sessions. For me, Spotify works the best.
Drives can get boring. They can be long. They can last forrrrevvvverrr, and there is only so much music you can listen to, no matter how much you love it. That is where podcasts come in. Podcasts are like TV for your ears. You can listen to anything, from comedies, to mystery’s, to my personal favorite, shows that are nerdy and educational. They break up a drive, entertain and inform you, and can stimulate conversation with you and whoever else is in the car. Download a podcasting app and find ones that fit your interests. Long drives will never feel the same.
Not that kind of juice, battery juice. Assuming you are using your phone for the above things, you will need a way to charge it. Luckily, we are living in the future and you can charge anything you want from the comfort of your car. Invest in a spare battery pack, a car power converter, or solar panels, and you will never have a dead battery again.
Hydrate. Even if it means stopping to pee more than you would like. It will keep you from feeling the long hours in the car and your body will thank you. For extra goodness, invest in an insulated waterbottle like this one from Hydroflask and you will never have to take a room temp drink again.