How to drive across the USA hitting all the major landmarks…I would love to do this some day. I wonder if there is anyone in the world that I could tolerate in a car for this long….
IMPORTANT ADVICE, do not drive this far without a dash camera. Make sure you get a dash camera before making any road trips. The most popular dash camera is the Blackvue DR650GW-2CH dash camera.
Planning on travelling across the USA by car?
Tips for the Journey
Planning on travelling across the USA by car and enjoying all the wonderful views? There are a couple of things that you are going to be in need of before you embark on your journey or you'll end up stuck somewhere when you don’t have all the essential things that you should have started with and having all that junk that cannot help you. Well, I believe I would do you a favor by not going into so much details of how someone feels frustrated when they find that most of what they thought they were supposed to carry are all pointless baggage.
Now before we start, the following is a travel plan of a person that is going to spend a lot of time in the countryside or on the road driving and camping. So here is just a list of the things that are necessary to pack before anything else but you will be needing more of the other items that have been listed further down. You should start by carrying, car food, tent, camping mat, pillow, sleeping bags, a backpack, flashlight, rope, blanket, journals/notebooks, pens, maps, credit cards and money. And of course, the most important, your drivers license and car registration and insurance documents.
Well, those are some of the basic things that you need and you would be needing more times than you think if you want to feel comfortable and at home in the woods. So starting by your hygiene, I know that you want to stay healthy and you certainly don’t want to feel sick while you can enjoy your road trip if you can remember to pack all these up. You certainly need you toothbrush and toothpaste because you would not like to meet someone and while asking for directions or help, they are trying to avoid you as much as they can just because you did not brush your teeth. You need to also carry your deodorant, razor, earplugs, eye mask, makeup and makeup remover. You also need your lip balm if you don’t want your lips to be all cracked up. You also need to carry your eco shampoo or shower soap which you can use in a lake or outdoor shower and you don’t want to be all sleepy and tired because you have not taken a proper shower blaming it on your forgetting to carry you shower soap or shampoo. You can always take your showers in a lake or in a deep river unless you are planning on staying in a motel or something similar. Actually taking a shower in a lake or river is even more fun and you really get to enjoy it. You should also not forget to carry your hair brush or you will get all your hair messed up and tangled during your second day. Don’t forget your tissue paper, disinfectant, spray and also your towels.
Next you should pack your sleeping gear. If you are planning on having naps in your car then you really don’t need most of this stuff but most people prefer on sleeping out in the open in their tents. You need a nice tent, a camping mat, a pillow and a sleeping bag and /or a blanket if you are also planning on staying warm through the night. Sleeping in a tent can sometimes be very disastrous especially when you camp in a very rainy area. You need to choose a very good tent with an outside flap or you may end up having to wake up at night just because of some cold water in your tent.
For your own safety, you need to carry your ID/passport because on a road trip you will certainly encounter different types of people and you really don’t know when something may happen and you had to identify yourself. You should not forget to carry your credit cards and money and it is also advisable that you keep them separate and in a secure manner just in case, it so happens that you are robbed. you should keep some on you and also keep some in your bags .you should also make an arrangement to get the new and improved BLACK VUE dashboard cameras which are very reliable and simple to use. They capture more than good enough videos in full HD while you are driving and with their wide angle of view, BlackVue cameras cannot miss a single scene. They also capture what is happening all around your car and are essential if you don’t plan on getting into accidents and having to wait for your car to be repaired. Having to wait cause you to spend more days than you had planned somewhere. The cameras are very easy to set up and operate and you can also connect them to your smartphone or tablet and the Black Vue app enables you to control the cameras from just anywhere. You should not worry about the driver’s field of view because its design is un-obstructive.
Back to your cooking; you should certainly not forget to carry these unless you were planning on fasting while on your road trip: camping cooker, an electronic cooling box, a pocket knife spoons forks and also knives if you are not planning on using your hands while eating. Plastic cups and plates/bowls are also very essential. A lighter is also very essential if you want to have campfires. Don’t forget to include a lot of bottled water or you will be dehydrated by the first week. Among the various foods that you should carry, it's advisable that you include canned food, cereals, cereal bars, crackers, fruits and vegetables, pasta and rice and if you like spiced food then certainly you don’t want to miss, salt, pepper and other herbs, olive oil, and tea bags. Ziploc bags and plastic bags are also important not excluding, dish towels and maybe a kettle grill.
For your own sake don’t forget to pack, mosquito spray, band aid, first aid kit, aspirin and your hand sanitizer for no one ones when you might find yourself in a little accident and you may need them.
Now lastly before you embark on your journey, did you forget to carry your spare car keys? Well then, you should be prepared to get locked out of your car if you lost your keys or if you just forgot them somewhere. And now while your car is warming up, get the maps of the places you want to visit and look at them closely. Can you be able to read and understand all the features? Most people just don’t inspect their maps before they start a journey and they end up in a wrong place and am sure you don’t want to be one of them. Well if you have been following along carefully, then you are all setup to start on your journey but I have a last minute advise of the places you should consider visiting.