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On every journey, no matter how long or short, there are certain things you cannot leave behind. It just so happens that the longer the journey, the greater the suffering when these critical items get left behind. So what the cross-country drive essentials? We’ve compiled a list of the can’t-leave-behinds. All you have to do is remember to bring them.

1. Aux Cord

If you like being able to choose between more than three stations and country music isn’t your genre of choice, then you probably won’t like the radio in the middle of nowhere. Connecting your phone for music is the way to go.

2. Quarters for the hotel laundry

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Expect to do a load of laundry on your journey because driving all day can get little sweaty. Hotel washers and dryers take quarters so have a stash ready.

3. Vitamin C

Even the cleanest hotels bring a new wave of germs. There’s also something about spending all day in an air-conditioned car, hopping out in South Dakota for some 100-degree heat, and then entering an air-conditioned hotel. The rapid temperature change creates colds. Vitamin C or Airborne.

4. Water bottles

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Hydration is critical when spending eight hours in the car for a week straight. But you don’t want to be buying a water at every gas station. Take a large bottle and keep refilling it. Mark yours so you don’t get yours mixed up with those of your travel buddies.

5. Phone chargers

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They find a way to get lost. With all of the hotel stops, you are bound to leave one behind. So pack more than one.

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