America is a vast country of over 3 million square miles. Traveling across states to get from one side to the other is a trip of epic proportions, and if you have a time limit, you need to be really well prepared.
Start With The Car
You need a comfortable car to undertake such a trip. A sports car or hot hatch might be great for coasting along local roads or even along the coastline, but some more suitable would be a saloon or 4 x 4 such as Mercedes approved used cars. The vehicle needs to be reliable and have enough space for all the luggage in the trunk. On a long trip, the last thing you want is for your passengers to have cases on their laps.
Make sure you have your driver license with you, that your vehicle is insured and that you have any other documents such as healthcare and roadside assistance in case the car breaks down.
Many people imagine staying in small, cute roadside motels, and although there are plenty of them on their travels, they are not always the cheapest option. This image has been created by TV and the movie industry, but in reality, a boutique hotel is often a better price and more comfortable. You could camp, but you have to remember that in many places in the US it is illegal and you need to check that before pitching your tent.
Food And Drink
No matter how well you have planned your trip, there could well be times when you arrive somewhere later than expected only to find all the stores are closed. Or it could be that you come across some scenery that is so amazing you just want to stop and enjoy it for a while. Whatever the case, you should have a bag of snacks and drinks in the car. No one should be allowed to dehydrate or that could ruin the trip, and hunger pains can soon be sated with a snack or two until you reach somewhere for a proper meal.
Maps And Compass
We have all come to rely on technology and most smartphones have navigation of some sort on them. That is great, but what if you decide to go off the beaten track perhaps at The Grand Canyon for example, and lose reception? You could find yourself lost with no idea which direction to take. This is where old-fashioned maps and a compass come into play and you should always carry them in the car as a backup for navigating back to the main roads.
The US interstate highway system is one of the best maintained and safest in the world, but you still need to be prepared if you intend to make the long trip from one side of the nation to the other. Plan your route, but be flexible. There will be places you want to stay a little longer and others you prefer not to stay in at all. If you stick rigidly to your plan, you will have no choice in the matter, and that could mean your trip is not as enjoyable as it should be.