One of the best things about living in America is that it is such an enormous country that it takes in just about every type of landscape that exists. From the beautiful beaches on the east and west coasts to the vast mountain ranges and deserts, we really do have it all here on our doorstep. And one of the best ways to get out there and see it all is, without a doubt, by taking a fabulous, great American road trip.
With this in mind, I thought I would take a quick look at everything you need to plan for the perfect road trip across America. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and exciting break away for you, your family, and friends.
An Awesome Route
Because of the vastness of this country, route planning is essential. There is so much to see and do that it would take you years to get around the entire country, so it’s best to focus on one particular area or route. Plenty of travelers have posted their excellent ideas online in the past, and will continue to do so in the future – so take a look around and see if you can find a route that inspires, entertains, and fits your needs.
The Perfect Vehicle
Everyone is different, of course, but you should have a long, hard think about which type of vehicle to take. Bikers might enjoy the thrill and freedom of a motorbike, but if you are spending hours in the saddle, things can get uncomfortable after too long. A Humvee is an obvious choice, for getting around tough terrain, but again; is it going to keep you comfy when you are spending a long time behind the wheel? My best solution? Why not go for a big, adapted 4×4 with a roof extension that gives you somewhere to sleep? It’s the perfect balance of spaciousness and fuel consumption – both of which are essential for a road trip!
The Bare Essentials
It’s important to have a rough guide of what you want to do and when you are going to do it. Road trips without planning are more likely to end in disaster – so consider your options and build a realistic time frame. If you are coming from abroad, make sure you have a hire vehicle booked, and don’t forget to get your visa before traveling. As the official ESTA website points out, your vacation will end in tears before you even get started if you don’t! Make sure you pack plenty of provisions before you leave, too. American roads can go on for hundreds of miles without the merest hint of a store, so lots of water is absolutely essential – as is a first aid kit and a battery charger for your phone in case of emergencies.
The Good Times
Try not to stress about your road trip, and take your time to explore each area properly. Don’t forget, the idea of a road trip is to experience the country and be free to do what you want to do. It’s best to get off the main highways as much as possible, but always ensure you have a few escape plans in place in case you get lost on some country roads!