Taking a road trip across the U.S is something that so many dream of doing. It’s the ultimate adventure, with so much to see and do it’s no wonder that many people across the world have it on their bucket list. But if you plan on turning dreams into reality, there’s a lot to think about. Here are some things to consider when you’re planning your trip.
What Vehicle Will You Drive
What vehicle will you be driving on your road trip? Will you travel by car, and stay in motels and hostels each night? Or will you drive an RV or campervan? This is a good idea since you don’t have to worry about finding a place to stay each night, and can stop to rest at any safe point along your journey. Make sure you do plenty of research beforehand and pick something that suits you and your travel companions the most. There are lots of sites and showrooms out there to choose from, Vermont Country Campers for example offer a range of different RVs.
Which Route Will You Take
Will you take Route 66? Go coast to coast, or take the 150 mile trip along ‘Ocean Highway’ to see the Florida Keys? Research different routes and choose one based on the kind of views and landscape you want to see. America’s scenery is so diverse you will probably need to spend time looking into everything, as you’ll be so spoilt for choice.
What Attractions Will You Visit
Once you know which states you’ll be travelling through on your journey, you can begin to fine-tune your trip. What kinds of attractions and sights do you want to see? Will you go white water rafting in Colorado, or fly around the Grand Canyon in a helicopter? Work out the main things you want to achieve so you can pack accordingly, and budget for these things.
What Will You Pack
Bear in mind the climate for the state or states you’ll be visiting, as well as for the kinds of activities you’ll be doing. Good walking shoes are a must in most cases, suitable clothes and a first aid kit are all essentials. An old fashioned map or atlas will be useful if your technology fails on you.
What Food Will You Eat
There will be plenty of restaurants and cafes along the way, but buy a large cooler too to keep food and water in. You’ll save money rather than dine out for every meal. Plus it’s good to have reserves of things, in case you end up lost or stranded. Stock up on nutritious foods that won’t perish quickly. Things like cereal, protein bars, nuts, tinned tuna and high fiber crackers will provide you with a nutrient boost if you’re hungry between stops. If you or anyone you’re traveling with has special dietary requirements, make sure you take that into account. You will need to look for places to stop for these foods, or bring them along so they’re not caught short.
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