There are so many great ways to road trip the US; you can tackle one of the iconic routes – like route 99, and drive until you run out of road, or gas – whichever comes first. You can hop from state to state as you travel up the coast, and go from soaking up the sun in the south to diving under blankets in the north. You can pick your favourite locations and just zig zag across the map, or just plant you finger on the map a few times and dot-to-dot your route. Are your going alone, with family or with friends? Are you camping, glamping, motel or hotel? There are so many questions to answer and so many choices to pick from that the initial excitement can turn into trepidation. Luckily we have compiled a quick checklist to get you road trip ready.
What do you want out of this trip? Once you have figured that out you will be able to settle on what route to take. Is there a final destination, a stop along the way that you need to make? Are your travelling for the love of the journey and so it doesn’t matter where you end up, or is it going to be something about the destinations that thrills you the most? This might be the more time consuming decision you have to make, but it’s also the most fun.
Are you taking your own car or renting one? If your renting one, particularly if you’re from overseas, you really need to double check the restrictions on renting a car. And if you aren’t making a loop back then make sure the company has a second location wherever you’re going to end up so that you can return the car. You should also consider the car you’re taking – if it’s falling apart or super expensive to run them you might need to reconsider your choices. And lastly, is it big enough to fit you, your passenger(s) plus your luggage?
You can easily double up the vehicle and accommodation categories with a camper van or auto mobile – but you still need a legal place to camp in those as well as you will if you decide to pitch up a tent. Otherwise there are great options all over the country for glamping tents or motels. Plus there are always hotel options like the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort. which adds a touch of luxury to your travels, as well as countless inns and B&Bs. You could also look into AirB&B – although on a road trip it’ll be more RoadB&B.
Make sure you have all the clothes and toiletries you need, as well as conveniences like a blow dryer – you never know if all your accommodation spots provide one. Also take along some portable power packs for phones and other devices, and if your car as a USB port or AUX port then take advantage and take the right cables. With hours on the road ahead of you, no one wants a dead phone. Also take a road map in case Google maps fails you, as well as snacks seeing as every road trip is a fail without them.