Summer is almost over, which means the thirst for adventure is begging to be quenched. Before you know it, winter’s wrath will be upon us. Don’t sweat it, though, map apps are still being put to the test, fuel prices are being watched with hawkish scrutiny, and mechanics are performing oil changes round the clock. That's right, the season of the road trip isn’t over yet.

But great road trips don't just happen by accident—for every great cross-country success story there is a highway tragedy waiting to happen. Thankfully, we have put together 10 essentials guaranteed to make your end-of-summer road trip the fun, memorable, and fulfilling experience you have always dreamed of.