UPDATE: Take advantage of these last few summer weekends, and get thee on a road trip, stat — we've got you covered with all the necessities. This story was originally published on June 7.
Sunny summer skies mean good times and endless plans — but not all of them are within city limits. With Chicago close to so many drivable destinations, we're pretty confident you've got at least one rad road trip coming up.
Even though your highway voyage is free from TSA troubles, you might still need a little help in the packing department. We want to make sure you're ready for anything (and totally comfortable!), no matter how many miles are ahead of you. Click through for 16 absolutely essential items to take with you on your next jaunt around the Midwest. Now, the most important part: Do you have room for us in your suitcase?