10 Essentials to Bring on a Road Trip

It's summertime, and the open road beckons.
It's summertime, and the open road beckons.
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There's something about summer, the lure of the open road and the promise of a change of scenery that makes us want to load up the car and just go someplace. The possibilities are endless: the beach, the mountains, the big city, Disney World or grandmother's house -- or anywhere else you'd want to visit.

Whether you're starting with a full tank of gas and letting the road be your guide, or embarking on a carefully routed cross-country trip you've been planning for weeks, it's smart to take a few essentials along to make the trip safer and more enjoyable.

Read on to discover 10 things you must bring on your next road trip.