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Coast to Coast: How to Plan Your Cross-Country Vacation

 

There are many great places to explore on a coast-to-coast vacation. You may want to see the amber waves of grain, the majestic purple mountains, and the fruited plain. Going on a long road trip requires some planning, so keep these tips in mind.

Packing for the Trip

Packing for a long car or bus trip can be like trying to fit a jigsaw puzzle together. Place emergency items like a first aid kit or other supplies in an easy to reach part of your bags or luggage so that you can easily access them. Net Doctor reinforces that, “it’s always a good idea to review basic injury protocols just in case something happens.” Pack clothes in duffle bags with soft corners. Everyone should place his or her essential items in one duffle bag that is kept close to the group. Consider investing in travel packs or other all in one bag if you don’t expect to have much room.

Planning Your Main Stops

You need to know each day's ultimate destination before you leave home. Planning out the big stops allows you to buy tickets to events and attractions ahead of time when they are often cheaper. You should at least have an idea of what towns you plan to stay in each night. Furkot emphasizes, “checking in advance for your lodging and other accommodations can greatly assist your ability to relax on your trip because you know everything is already settled in your destination.” Then, share this information with a friend or family member. In the unlikely event that something happens, authorities have a place to start looking.

Enjoying the Journey

You may only pass down this road one time in your life, so make sure to take advantage of each moment. If you see a sign for something that looks interesting, then take a break and visit it. After all, you may never pass by Leila's Hair Museum, Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum, the UFO Watchtower and other quirky roadside attractions once in your life, so stop and see them. At the most, aim to travel 50 miles in an hour. In addition, All Storage Online recommends, “everyone should have a travel journal. So many interesting things happen when traveling, it’s worth writing about what you did at the end of the day. The idea is to help you remember the places and stories from your journey.” Bring along your favorite playlist or some great audiobooks allowing you to enjoy the ride.

Taking a long car journey is a great way to see interesting things and to meet great people. Minitime recommends, “relax and give yourself permission to play silly games like Twenty Questions, I Spy, and License Plate Bingo.” Most people who have gone on a trip look forward to going on another one someday because of the chance to slow down and to see what makes the country great. Make sure to prepare ahead of time by following these simple tips to make the most of your coast-to-coast adventure.


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