3 Simple Must-Haves for a Smoother Summer Road Trip

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As we swing into summer, nothing welcomes the sunniest season better than a road trip. Whether you're heading to the beach, packing for a camping trip or heading down to your old roommate's wedding, lots us will be loading up the car for a road trip this summer. These days I'm so used to relying on my smartphone for everything from directions to entertainment, but there are a few other non-tech items you should be sure to pack up before you head out.

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1. Road atlas. Sure, your phone or car's GPS system is fantastic and works almost all the time, but I've learned the hard way that it's worth it to have a paper backup on hand, just in case.

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2. First-Aid kit. Throw this under the front seat for easy access. Most of us travel with an emergency kit for the car (Fix-A-Flat, blankets, flashlights, etc), but we don't have the odds and ends in the car for those minor human injuries.

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3. Healthy snacks (and local junk food). OK, so this isn't a photo of amazingly healthy snacks you should pack with you, but it was fun junk food I picked up during a recent road trip through Panama. I usually pack an assortment of hummus, sliced and washed veggies, and if I'm ambitious, a sandwich or two. This means I can curb the fast food urge and not feel so guilty about stocking up on unusual local snacks from the gas station.

What are your must-haves for a summer road trip?

(Images: Smith Schwartz)

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