With countless travelers seeking to avoid the uncertainties associated with airplane trips amid COVID-19, the appeal of hitting the open road in your own vehicle has grown exponentially. In fact, a recent Expedia poll found that a whopping 85 percent of U.S. travelers are likely to take a road trip this summer. But not so fast. While a road trip certainly has many upsides amid a global health crisis, there are also plenty of potential challenges and issues not faced on the classic road trips of years past. Where will you find food with many restaurants shuttered as a safety precaution amid COVID-19? And what about bathroom breaks? They, too, can pose a minefield of health concerns. If you're planning to hit the open road on an extended escape, you'll need far more than the masks and hand sanitizers that have become standard essentials for leaving the house these days. Read on for the must-haves and safety tips to keep in mind when preparing for your journey.