Planning Your Great American Road Trip: A Guide

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Every citizen of the US should one day head off on the open road to experience the sheer variety, scale, and beauty of the continent. Of course, many do; in trucks, RVs, or on motorbikes or even public transport. This article aims to prepare you for one of the most exciting and thrilling experiences of your life – going on a long-term road trip in the US and beyond. Below, you’ll learn how to plan your trip, what to prepare, and how to make your trip a complete success, free of disaster and disappointment.

Your Vehicle

The first and most important tip is to find the right vehicle for you. The top tip and best vehicle for the job is the mighty RV. These might be large and expensive as a one-off investment, but they’re mighty homely, convenient, comfortable, and easy to drive. Don’t worry about what you’ll do with it when you’re not driving: there are specific car storage companies to help you keep it safe when it’s not in use.

Route Planning

With your vehicle sorted, your next step is planning where you want to go, what you want to see, and where you’ll be able to stop for gas, food, and a good night’s rest. Of course, if you’re in an RV, you’ll be able to stop pretty much anywhere rurally to nap in the back of your vehicle, but it’s still important to know where the roads will be taking you, where you’ll be able to pick up gas, and how often you’ll be passing diners for food on the way. Plan your route to accommodate all of these essentials, and more, in the form of top sights like the Grand Canyon or Monument Valley.

Documents and Insurance

There are some documents that you ought to take if you’re going on an inter-state or even an international road trip. These include your insurance details, your medical records, some photographic ID, a passport, and various other documents related to your vehicle, your ownership of it, and its service history. With all of these in a document wallet, you’ll be well prepared should the cops pull a routine check on your vehicle while you’re in a strange and foreign land.

Technology

An ever-more important part of your road trip is your gadgets. You may need your smartphone for a number of reasons, such as to take photos, to contact family and friends, and to navigate around, so keeping it charged should be a top priority. It’s worth looking into purchasing a charging block, solar panels, or in-car charging devices to keep your tech fully loaded while on the road.

Emergency Gear

While you should be relatively safe on a road trip in the US, you should still factor in emergencies in your planning and packing phase. As such, when you’re chucking together suitcases and bags for the trip, don’t forget all your medical equipment, some emergency food supplies, and other bits and pieces you feel might be important for the long and winding road ahead.

Your perfect US road trip is just a short planning phase away – so use this article to get the basics planned and sorted, enabling you to enjoy every moment of your epic drive. 

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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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