You鈥檝e got everything you need for your car ride: snacks (yes, the healthy kind), a full tank, and what feels like a million songs queued up on the aux. But after you鈥檝e listened to Ariana Grande鈥檚 album for the third time and Aretha Franklin鈥榮 entire discography, you might start rethinking your preparedness. Thankfully, streaming services don鈥檛 stop at music; in fact, there are tons of ways to stay auditorily entertained no matter how far you鈥檙e flying, riding, or driving.

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1. Podcasts: This might seem like an obvious one. (Come on, we started listening to 鈥Serial鈥 in 2014!) But the breadth of podcast topics, if you don鈥檛 take the time to explore them, isn鈥檛 so obvious. There are shows about design and architecture (99% Invisible), a show in which the two hosts call strangers to ask them if they know who Jason Segel is (Do You Know Who Jason Segel Is?), and just about everything in between. Most podcasts are free on iTunes, Spotify, and other streaming sites.

2. Audiobooks: Maybe you can鈥檛 read in the car (motion sickness, anyone?), but you sure can listen. Play your faves over the speakers and be instantly transported to realities much more interesting than staring out the front windshield. Fortunately, apps such as the Amazon service Audible ($15/month with a subscription) make downloading literature easier than ever, though you can always go the old-school route and rent the CD version from the library. Plus, most books run between 8-13 hours long, so there goes your whole drive!

3. Famous Speeches: As iconic as the Kanye West mic grab of 鈥09 was, we鈥檙e talking something with a little more depth. The Presidential Voices playlist on Spotify contains words of wisdom from Woodrow Wilson and Bill Clinton alike and clocks in at 11 hours and 41 minutes long. If you鈥檙e looking for speeches that are more girl power-infused, check out novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie鈥檚 TED Talk called 鈥淲e Should All Be Feminists鈥 or Hillary Clinton鈥檚 鈥淲omen鈥檚 Rights Are Human Rights鈥 speech from 1995.

4. Stand-Up Acts: Sarah Silverman and Ali Wong have us cackling on our couches, so why not take that to the car? Just be sure to keep your eyes on the road! Comedy acts are a great, oftentimes non-visual form of entertainment. You can also discover some great emerging artists you probably wouldn鈥檛 have otherwise. Although you might not get all the jokes, like those reliant on props, bodily gestures, etc., the amusement in between will be worth it. Humor us, and give it a try.

5. Meditation: Forget road rage; we鈥檙e into road relaxation. There are dozens of apps, such as Stop, Breathe & Think (free for iOS and Google Play) and Calm (free for iOS and Google Play), that cater to in-the-car meditation with features such as breathing exercises, soothing sounds, and varied multi-length segments on topics including depression, anxiety, and compassion. You鈥檒l leave the car feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on your adventure.

We鈥檙e all ears! Let us know what you listen to @BritandCo.

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