Magellan and Garmin ( GRMN) also make very popular car GPS devices, with the prices mostly between $300 and $500.
Safe and Sound
Although it may seem like an idea from your spinster aunt, a first-aid kit will also come in handy. You probably won't need to know how to remove rattlesnake venom, but some Band-Aids, antiseptic wipes and pain relievers will definitely be useful. The gold standard for first aid kits is the American Red Cross Personal First Aid Kit . For $13, you get everything you could ever need in an emergency, and a nifty vintage-looking canvas bag to carry it around in. And don't forget the AAA . I've been stuck almost everywhere in the U.S., and the AAA always came and either changed my tire, jumped my battery or jimmied the door lock to get my keys out, all for no additional charge beyond the annual membership fee. Considering that it also provides free maps and travel info for the complete U.S., can help book flights and hotels and even negotiate a new car price, the cost of under $100 a year seems quite a bargain. So now you have everything you'll need to be a total road warrior. Just don't forget the tunes.