Even though summer has left us behind here in the Northern Hemisphere and most of you have burned through your vacation days faster your one aunt burns through mentols, you still might get the itch for another getaway. And really, fall is the best time to jump in the car and drive as far as your tank of gas allows, blasting that “road trip” playlist you made two years ago and have never used. Before you go blazing off into the wilderness that makes up this great country, there are a few things you should consider. 

Planning to crash in your car on a road trip is far easier than getting ready to hike the Appalachian Trail or mentally preparing yourself for a peyote-fueled spirit quest through the deserts of the Southwest, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it any forethought. There are a number of simple things you can do to make your road trip that much more enjoyable. Also, there are many moves that you should avoid making if you want to get the most out of your journey into the national parks and beautiful recreational areas spread throughout the land. Take some time between re-reading On the Road and Travels With Charley and telling girls at the bar that “You just need to get some perspective, you know?” and take heed of How To Prepare For a Weekend (or week, month, year) of Car Camping before you take that station wagon coast to coast.