Prepping for a Cross Country Road Trip

You’ve made your plans and you’re rearing to go. Every national park and monument you want to see has been mapped out. All your fellow adventures have scheduled the next week or so off. The last of your clothes and gear have been pack and are at the ready. This should be amazing.

But, wait. Maybe, just maybe there’s something you missed. It’s not likely, but it’s definitely possible. If you’re the type to make a checklist, refer to it and then check back again this isn’t for you. If you’re a bit more free-wheeling in your approach, enjoy. This is a short guide to prepping for your road trip.

If you’re taking a personal vehicle a checkup needs to happen ASAP! You simply can’t afford to be stuck in the middle of nowhere. You guys have places to be. When you do be sure to make sure the fluids, belts, brakes, lights and tires are thoroughly inspected.

If you aren’t interested in putting a ton of mileage on your daily ride here are someĀ more ideas.

You can never, ever be too safe. It’s definitely a good idea to stock up on supplies that may be needed in case of an accident or medical issue. Hopefully, you’ll never need a CPR kit or bandages, but we both you know you’d rather have them and not need them than the opposite.

An easy setup for an emergency kit would be a blanket, flashlight, some basic tools and anything you think you’d need for general first aid. Hell, if you have any nurse friends bring them too.

I’m not sure how many of your mates are tagging along, but you guys should pack reasonably. Check your vehicles maximum capacity weight capacity and stay well under it. On many newer vehicles, you can find a door placard inside the driver’s door jam listing the total carry weight.

The total weight includes passengers and their items. Also, keep the spacial capacity in consideration. If you plan to use a roof rack to save space try to avoid taking sharp turns at high speeds heavy objects on the roof affect balance.

This probably goes without saying for millennials, but GPS is the way to go. A good system will help you track where you and where you’re going. Knowing where to stop for gas and food is never a bad thing so while knowing how to use a map is cool, not getting lost is much cooler.

If you have kids do all your normal parental prep work. Snacks, water, comfort and distractions are the name of the game. Traveling with kids can be stressful, so make sure to take it easy on yourself as well.

Patience. Patience. Patience. If you’ve left when you need to leave just know you’ll get there eventually. It’s all a matter of time so there’s no point in stressing yourself out. If you’ve mapped out where you’re stopping ahead of time just think of the distance between those and the trip will fly by.