Editor Essentials: 12 Must-Haves For A Perfect Summer Road Trip

Ah, road trips. Nothing says summer like picking a not-too-far-away spot, loading up a great playlist, and jumping in the car for a mini-escape. Maybe it's the rolled-down windows, maybe it's the pit stop Slurpees — but there's something so freeing about shirking your weekend responsibilities, and hitting the open road.
And as devoted fans of the short trip, we've picked up more than a few travel tips over the years — we weren't just navigating — we were taking notes, too. From the perfect outfit for a long car ride, to essential entertainment you'll want on hand, we've got a road-tested guide to making your getaway in style. Click through to see what your D.C. editor never leaves home without.