A cross-country road trip can be a lot of fun, but it requires much preparation.
Here are five great tips for a cross-country road trip:
Budget your money wisely
Knowing how to budget your money wisely is extremely important. Cross-country road trips can be expensive. Some of the things that may need to be purchased before a road trip are new tires and breaks, new clothes, and even a suitcase. It may be a good idea to rent a car from a dealership that offers an unlimited mileage package. This idea would certainly be beneficial to your car. Coming up with a daily expense for gas, food, lodging, and visiting tourist attractions would also be wise.
If traveling with another person, know ahead of time if you can trust and get along with him or her
Cross-country road trips can be exhausting. If traveling with another person, know ahead of time if you can trust and get along with him or her. This knowledge could save much harmony and prevent the friendship from rapidly decreasing. Additionally, there may be times on the road trips where you may need a break from driving. This is when a trusted friend could drive the car.
Make sure your car can handle the trip
It is also crucial to know if your car can handle a cross-country road trip if you decide not to rent one from a local dealership. Your car must have reliable tires, breaks, and an engine. Have your car checked by an automotive mechanic before you take off. An automotive mechanic will examine your car to see if it can handle a high amount of mileage. He or she will also change your oil; a new oil filter and air filter may be needed.
Only pack what you need
One common mistake is to pack too much for a cross-country road trip. Be sure to only pack what you need as this will save space in your car. If needed, you can always shop while traveling cross country, including at the Mall of America.
Stop at the Grand Canyon for a scenic view
A tourist attraction that is a must-see is the beautiful Grand Canyon. I would recommend budgeting at least five hours while at the national landmark. This landmark would be a good stop for some rest and relaxation. Another landmark that would be great for a nice stop is the Point Reyes Lighthouse in Point Reyes, California.
Nikki Jardin, “How to Plan a Cross-Country Road Trip,” USA Today.
Paul Singer, “Six lessons from a cross-country road trip,” USA Today.