How to Plan an American Road Trip

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Open road trip

There’s nothing better than heading out on the open road. Just packing up, getting in your car and leaving your stresses behind. The perfect place for a road trip is the USA. With miles upon miles of road to travel on and plenty of attractions and exciting people along the way, it’s sure to be a trip to remember. You could just start driving and see where the road takes you but you risk missing some incredible sights if you do. Planning your road trip will ensure you get to experience everything the way you want to. So, where do you start?

Take aim

What’s Your Aim?
If you’re into spontaneity, you may want to plan as little as possible but it’s important to know where you’re headed and where you can stop for gas and respite along the way. If your aim is relaxation, you’ll want to head to places that will soothe your soul and sights that will inspire you. The last thing you’ll want to do is head into a city when a big event is happening just to find you’re stuck in traffic for hours. Before you leave you may need to visit ESTA to make an application. Whether you stick a pin in a map or spend days researching, remember why you’re going.


Where Will You Stay?
It’s all well and good jumping in the car and heading off on an adventure, but sleeping in your car every night will be uncomfortable and unhealthy, let alone unsafe. You may want to take some camping equipment with you and look up a few camping sites before you go. If you’re the type of person that needs a bed and a clean shower, you may want to make a note of the possible hotels or motels to stay at while you’re travelling. If you’re super organised, you could book your rooms in advance. That’s always a good idea if you’re travelling with children.


Where Will You Eat?
You can guarantee that every state you visit will have a famous place to eat, even if it’s only famous amongst the locals. You can do a quick search online to find places to eat before you go, but local knowledge is often the best way to find out. If you rely entirely on the internet, you miss some absolute gems, so ask around while you’re there and you’re sure to be pointed in the right direction. Here’s a few you may want to try.

Crucial Checks
Prepare Your Vehicle
Whether you’re squeezing into a small car or you’re taking the whole family in a campervan, you need to get your vehicle ready for long haul travelling. Are your brakes working properly? Are your tyres okay? Do you have cover if your vehicle was to break down? Unfortunately, even the most reliable of vehicles can be temperamental at times, so you need to be prepared for anything. It’s worth taking a spare tyre with you and stopping when you need to, to fill up on petrol and check water and oil measures.


You aren’t going to be able to take your whole wardrobe with you because there will be limited space as you’re travelling. It’s important to take a few outfits that you can wear more than once, and depending on how long your trip is, you may want to find a few launderettes where you can wash what you take. It’s likely that you’ll be able to find stores along the way, so don’t pack anything unnecessary. For example, you’ll be able to pick up most toiletries, like deodorant and toothpaste while you’re on the road. However, it is a smart idea to have a small first aid kit and few snacks and bottles of water with you at all times. You don’t want to break down in the desert without anything to drink. Here’s some tips on packing for a road trip.

Fun Trip
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Make Your Trip Fun
There are a few essentials that no road trip should go without. The first is in-car music. You want to set the tone for your trip with the music you play so create a playlist before you leave. It could be full of your favourite songs, it could be All-American Anthems or perhaps songs that inspire you to enjoy a long drive. The second piece of advice is to take some simple outdoor activities, like a frisbee or a basketball. There may be times when you have to stop in the middle of nowhere just to have a break. Why not have a game while you’re stopped? The third bit of fun comes from the many attractions along the way. Don’t be afraid to explore if you spot something you didn’t put in your road plan.

Relax with the flow

Go with the Flow
If you’re out on the road for a few weeks, there are bound to be things that go wrong. It’s impossible to control and plan everything, so sometimes you just have to embrace the chaos. If you’re able to let go of the little things, you’ll probably find that you’re able to enjoy yourself much more. Making a plan is about ensuring your safety and giving yourself direction. It doesn’t have to be followed to the letter. Usually, the most beautiful experiences in life are the ones we never expect to happen.


Document Everything
No matter how fantastic your trip is, you may lose details from your memory through the years. If you’ve got a good camera with you, you can be sure you’ll never lose those memories. A road trip can make all of your other holidays seem like a farce, so why not take a journal with you to capture the trip in all its glory? Write about where you go, who you meet, what you see and how it makes you feel. It’s a trip that can change you forever so it’s important to make the most of it.

There’s a balance between planning nothing and planning everything. Just make sure you enjoy the ride.

Balance on fun in  trip

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