CDs can be a welcome ritual, and the emotional ties you have to the discs themselves can make for a Virgin Suicides-type conversation with your past. But for longer, harder road trips—and, of course, general convenience—there’s nothing more engaging than having every record you’ve ever owned (and some you don’t) at your disposal. Too much choice can be really dangerous, not just to your staying in the same lane but to your frustrated caffeine addled brain, so as a backup, be sure to have some playlists ready.

Complex recommends: iPod Classic 160GB, because as cool as the app store and Angry Birds is, they're about the least essential thing to a good road trip. With the 160, you can grab those deep tracks and albums you’ve always meant to get better acquainted with, in addition to your usual wares.