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On The Road: Planning the Perfect Roadtrip

Going on a road trip is one of the most common adventures to feature on people’s bucket lists. It’s not surprising. The allure of the open road has been romanticized by numerous literary legends and songwriters the world over. The most famous? America’s route 66. This vast expanse of road stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles and is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and serene landscapes. With motels and truck stop bars scattered along the entire route, there’s no reason that you can’t do the whole 2000 mile journey. All you need is time, a good travel companion and a thorough plan. Here’s everything you need to consider in order to prepare for the perfect trip.

Choosing a Travel Partner

This is an intense trip where you will be with your travel partner almost twenty-four seven. So make sure you go with someone whose company you thrive in. If you have a friend who you regularly clash or disagree with, this may not be the trip for you to undertake as a pair. You need to travel with someone who you are comfortable with and know well. Preferably, you should also travel with someone else who can drive. This means that you can share driving responsibilities, relieving pressure and responsibility for the both of you.

Packing Your Belongings

First things first, you need to decide on how far you’re going to travel along the route. If you’re only doing a short stretch, chances are that you won’t really have to take all that much with you. A few outfit changes and toiletries will suffice. However, if you’re going to go the full route, you’ll need to take a lot more. You’ll be looking at about a month if you want to stop off at different destinations and really savor the experience. You won’t want a month’s worth of clothing, toiletries, and other belongings mounting up around your feet. This is a long journey so you want to be comfortable as possible. Invest in a trailer to fit all of your belongings in. If you’ve never used a trailer before, you will also want to get a trailer brake controller. This will give you control over the trailer which is essential for such an extensive journey. Most of the route is relatively flat, but you will truly appreciate the extra control when going up and down hills.

Planning a Route

Yes, it’s logical to go from one end of the route straight through to the other. But there will be certain cities that you might want to stop off and explore along the way. So get a map and mark off all of the major destinations, sights, and scenes that you want to make time for. If you are traveling with a friend, be considerate. They may want to see some places that don’t particularly interest you, but ensure that both of you get to visit all of the places you want. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so make the most of it and don’t allow disputes and disagreements to come between you.

If you follow these steps, you’re pretty much set to go. Remember to take your time, soak in the sights and prepare yourself for one of the most exciting adventures that anybody could hope to undertake.

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