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In many ways, road trips are one of the most easy-going, stress free ways to travel—no security lines, middle seats or even armrests to wrestle over. But even the most easygoing, veteran road tripper knows some pre-planning is in order. So, if you’re thinking about hitting the road, here’s a quick packing list to make your next road trip go from pretty nice to legendary.

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1. Versatile layers

You’ve heard it over and over. Pack layers. One minute you might be soaking in some sun, and the next a cold breeze picks up and you’re second-guessing that decision to wear a T-shirt and shorts. This is especially true in mountain and desert environments. But the good news is that it’s not too late to purchase some gear before packing for the road. The North Face Women’s Canyonlands Hoodie is designed for hiking and climbing, delivering warmth without the weight. Kari Traa Alelam Base Layer Pants are cozy and keep you warm and dry. Guys, check out Patagonia’s R1® Air Crew. They’re light, breathable and perfect for warmth and versatility. And don’t forget your gloves and rain jacket. You never know if it’ll rain or snow, especially if you pull over to explore higher altitude trails along the way.

2. Solar-powered light-speaker-charger

The MPOWERD Luci Explore will become the best travel companion during your road trip (no offense to your significant other). This lightweight, solar-powered and water-resistant device is your alarm clock, light, speaker and phone charger in one. Just pair your phone with it or use the MPOWERD app and you’re ready to go.

3. Earth-friendly, refillable propane tank

Propane bottles are often single-use products. Millions end up in landfills every year because most places won’t recycle them. So, for all of you car campers and van-lifers, you can keep it green this fall with the Ignik Gas Growler Deluxe. This easy to set up, 5-pound and refillable canister is cradled by an insulated case that keeps the tank warmer and therefore more efficient. It also connects to any propane appliance or stove, holds the equivalent of five bottles, and lasts five times longer. With this, you’ll be cooking camp dinners without polluting our world.

4. A portable coffeemaker

Grabbing coffee from a local shop comes with any good road trip, especially now that it’s pumpkin-spiced latte season. But what about those times you’re at camp or on the porch swing of a cozy rented cabin, cuddled together and waiting for the sun to peek up over the horizon? That’s where the Wacaco Minipresso GR comes in handy. Just boil some water and let this compact travel gadget brew up any variety of coffee bean or roast. If you’re driving and feel like a cup of tea while watching the colorful landscape roll by, the SUNSBELL Car Kettle Boiler will be your go-to. Simply plug it into your vehicle’s lighter outlet to boil some water and you’re good to go.

5. A car-sized air mattress

As the miles tick away and the hum of the tires on the road lull you into a comfy spell, chances are someone might get a little tired. So, if you’re the driver needing a break or just a sleepy passenger nodding off, take a nap in the backseat on the HAITRAL Portable Air Mattress. It fits most car models, comes with two pillows and when you wake up, you’ll be refreshed and ready to hit some trails or stroll the next town’s main drag.

6. A dual cellphone mount and charger

Keep your hands safely on the wheel during your journey with this cool device. The iOttie Dash and Windshield Mount supports all smartphone sizes, securely holding it in place and charging at the same time. Need to take it off when you stop? The one-touch release system allows you to do it with one finger. Be sure to also download those necessary apps before you leave: Waze for real-time traffic updates, Gasbuddy for cheap fuel, and SkyView Lite for those crisp nights staring up at the brilliant night sky.

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