So you're ready to climb in your car and see all that this glorious country has to offer. Flickr: micnical Can you EVEN BELIEVE that the Hoover Dam was MADE BY PEOPLE??! 1. Travel along one of these 11 classic routes. akademifantasia.org More info here. 2. Or strike out with nothing but a map and a dream. s430.photobucket.com And strappy sandals, and a polka dot dress, and a pinwheel, and a... trumpet? 3. Make a food passport. lovelyish.com So you're sure to hit up all the spots you planned for. 4. Use a cereal container as a small, portable trash can. madisonshafer.blogspot.ca Which, most importantly, has a lid. 5. If you're traveling with kids, pack a separate first-aid/diaper/useful stuff kit so it doesn't clutter your own bag. pinkpolkadotcreations.com Zip-up makeup cases make awesome (and waterproof) containers. 6. Make kids a magnetic activity tray. burlapanddenim.com Directions here. 7. And bring along a whole bunch of stuff to use with it. burlapanddenim.com FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS GALORE. 8. Play license plate bingo. thedatingdivas.com The first person to get a row out of the 50 states gets an ice cream sundae. (Or a whole bunch of booze if they are not a child.) Printable bingo cards available here. 9. Pack for two weeks with only 13 items of clothing. seventeenthandirving.blogspot.jp Without doing laundry. 10. Never lose your child again with these custom tattoos. tottoos.org They'll thank you one day when they aren't stranded at a rest stop in Duluth, Minn. Available here. 11. Play a movie soundtrack to make it feel like you're in a road trip film. amazon.com Or a 19th-century novel of manners but WE ALL HAVE OUR PREFERENCES. And on that note, two words: audiobooks, y'all. Buy them, rent them, stream them, love them. 12. Don't forget to take some time to stare at the stars. darlingstuff.com 13. And to feel the wind on your face. imgur.com 14. Convert a drink holder into a multi-level container. quirky.com Available here. 15. A muffin tin makes an awesome Play-doh station. vanillajoy.com With minimal cleanup. 16. Make the ultimate road trip pillow. mrsfrugalfranny.com Peacefully sleep your way through Iowa. (Sorry, Iowa.) Directions here. 17. Keep small snacks in a tackle box. schultzpartyoffour.blogspot.com 18. And meals (fast or otherwise) in a shower caddy. lookiewhatidid.blogspot.ca 19. Mask that oh-so-familiar McDonald's scent with a homemade air freshener. whatnomints.wordpress.com Directions here. 20. For the non-DIYers: buy a cherry pie-scented air freshener. mcphee.com Available here. 21. Or this KITTEN-SHAPED ONE. calendars.com It does not, probably fortunately, smell like kittens, but rather linen. 22. Invest in a multi-way charger to avoid apocalypse. ebay.com Get this four-way one here. 23. Collect dirt from everywhere you stop to preserve ~memories~. salvagedspaces.com There are tons of non-scrapbook ways to remember your trip forever. 24. Or stitch your route along a map. marthastewart.com Directions here. 25. If you're traveling with a pet, get a spill-proof bowl. meijer.com Available here. 26. (But remember this essential truth:) thesavoia.com 27. Trick out your car with sticky pads for all your small important stuff. amazon.co.uk Available here. 28. Or an automatic baby bottle-warmer. toysrus.com Get it here. 29. Or a key that's ALSO A CARABINER. gizmodo.com This is seriously amazing. 30. Remember the power of a good old-fashioned singalong. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF tumblr.com Congrats! songdrops.com You're ready to hit the road.