One of the most important experiences for any American is the classic road trip. A cross-country trip is something that everyone should experience at least once in life, whether alone or with friends. Knowing exactly what route to take on your road trip is something that only you can decide – there are so many out there to look at that it has to match your dream destination. Getting the full road trip experience is so much more than packing the right snacks and cultivating a playlist that others would be envious of.

There are so many experiences that you can have while you are on the road, and there are a few that should be an absolute essential to your life. This road trip that you are planning is something that you are unlikely to ever forget, and so you should ensure that you make it part of your plan to have as many life experiences and lessons learned as possible. So, what quintessential experiences should you make sure that your road trip includes?

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  1. Camping. A big part of a road trip is hitching your Teardrop camper to your car and heading out into the road. The road trip will teach you whether you can camp at all and whether you can get comfortable sleeping in the great outdoors. If you can’t you’ll soon learn how valuable your car is when you’re out in the open country.
  2. Road Appreciation. When you go on a road trip, you don’t just bounce from city to city. The driving is long, but it is by no stretch boring. The long and empty highway that feels endless is a place to think, to sing at the top of your voice and to look out of the window and see untouched land. It’s an awe-inspiring experience that everyone should have at least once.
  3. Camera Love. When you are on a long trip and before you get to each destination, you will be using your camera like it is an extension of your body. Fall in love with it. You are going to take some amazing shots of the memories that you are making along the way. A road trip can be a life-affirming experience, so it makes sense that you want to evidence that experience by using the best cameras with the best lenses.
  4. Food…All The Food. The best thing about a road trip isn’t the landscape, the stars and the people that you will encounter along the way. It’s the off the beaten track diners and the little delis in the littlest towns that you will encounter along the way. The food that you can find that is authentic to the area you’ve driven into can change your life. Food is definitely an experience that a road tripper should have.

Nature is out there in all its glory and it’s waiting for you and your essential sun cream and chargers to experience and discover it. Don’t be left waiting on the side of the road – it’s your turn.


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Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.