First and foremost, my 2001 edition of the Rand McNally Road Atlas! I bought it for my first cross country road trip to Colorado, and it’s been my trusty (and now tattered) companion ever since. Second, I prep interesting things to listen to. I typically binge on This American Life and Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations, but I also love to download live albums from my favorite artists so I can be surprised and delighted. Finally, I need to hit the road with a good cup of coffee, so I always fill my hydroflask to the brim at a local cafe as I head out of town.