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 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 Vehicle and Accommodation Will You Choose

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. Once you’ve decided on attractions it makes this easier, for example if you were going to visit Lake Cumberland in Kentucky you could stay at the nearby Comfort Inn Of Somerset. If you were visiting one of the National Parks, you could choose accommodation on site. Some only offer campsites whereas others have glamping pods and even hotels. Make sure you do plenty of research beforehand and pick something that suits you and your travel companions the most.

Which Route Will You Take

One of the main things to plan on your journey is the route you will take, since this will shape your entire trip. Route 66 is a famous one that many have taken. Otherwise, you could go coast to coast, or the trip along the ocean highway. America’s landscape is incredibly diverse, from snow-topped mountains in Colorado to deserts in Texas to beaches in California. Decide on the places and states you’d most like to visit and build your journey from there.

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 fibre 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.


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.