It’s often hard to really plan a road trip ahead of time, and often you learn a lot on the way through the radio, talking to locals, or even just thinking it out on your own. And that’s not even close to the number of times you’ll want to write something down on your quest across the country. So you’re going to need a good pen and notebook, and from personal experience we're telling you that it’s not going to kill you to pull over to write it down (but we can’t say that for not pulling over).

Complex recommends: The Fisher 400 Chrome Bullet Space Pen because it writes at any angle and in -30° to 250° conditions. For a notebook, we're going with the Moleskine Large Sketchbook for the beauty of its construction and the versatility a sketchbook lends to your more creative side.