In just a few short weeks, the hubs and I will be traveling cross country for a reception in Tennessee. We knew that most of my family and friends would be unable to make it to the wedding here in California so we had to work hard to come up with a plan so that we would be able to see everyone and celebrate together. Mom agreed to host a reception in Tennessee so all was well. Then we had to decide how to get there, and was there ever a better excuse for a road trip? I think not. Now let’s discuss the road trip essentials.
You will need cash. I’m not saying that you should take a lot, but you will need enough to survive if you have to go long stretches between ATMS. You’ll also have to survive if the debit card machine isn’t working in some small town. Trust me this will be important.
2. Bottled Water
There is no sense in paying for this at every stop on your trip when you can buy a case before hand at Costco or Sam’s Club and be set for the entire trip. You’ll need this to keep from getting dehydrated on the trip. Plus, you don’t necessarily want to have to make a million stops for a refill.
You should pack your favorites. You don’t know what you’ll be able to find or not find on the road, and you don’t want to be caught craving something that isn’t available in a certain area. Also, you can buy these in bulk before the trip for less money. Remember that taxes will change in each new area you go to and so will prices.
4. A good book/Good music
You absolutely don’t know when this will come in handy. Your radio might not pick up the best stations on the stretches of highways between large cities so I suggest an audiobook or your favorite CDs for you to share with your road trip partner. It will be absolutely necessary for the dead space.
5. A map
Sure you can depend on your phone or GPS to direct you for the most part, but you may need to plan an alternate route or want to go a different direction than the GPS is sending you at some point. This is when the map will come in handy. You can figure out for yourself a different route that makes you happy. The object isn’t necessarily to get there the fastest after all, but it is to see what you can see of the country.