Most Americans don’t have a passport, and why would we? These great states have within them everything that nature has to offer. You can be at a tropical beach on Monday, skiing slopes on Tuesday, visiting Mountain geysers by Wednesday and on and on it goes. The United States of America is truly a land of opportunity, why leave? Traveling the country is a tradition, and a birth-right for every American, and taking your family on a long road trip to explore our great nation is a great way to bond together and bond with America itself. Here are a few pointers to help you and your family stay united as you travel the states.
Plan, Prepare, Maps and Checklists
This truth is self-evident, if you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail. Preparing equipment and prepping supplies is an essential part traveling the country. If you are using a Recreational Vehicle you will have extra space to store provisions, but if you are using your car and camping, you’re going to need to plan and prepare a little harder to fit in everything you need. Make sure you make checklists so that you leave nothing behind and be ready to repeat the process when you up-sticks and move on to your next destination. Planning your route is an important part too, but don’t rely on electronics and have a paper map with your route traced on it.
Stay in Power
The hardest thing to prepare for is power. When traveling with kids, electricity is now the number one consumable with all their power-hungry devices. Exploring this magnificent country should be entertainment enough, but you’re going to have to provide lots of battery recharges and laptop plugins, so you should consider a generator for your trip. An excellent choice is low noise generators that run much quieter for keeping phones charged at night, and not disturbing the peace and tranquility of dining in the middle of a beautiful nowhere. They also come in handy at home in the event of a blackout or if you want to keep the lights on at a tailgate party without a noisy generator ruining the atmosphere.
There are a million ways to stay connected with family and friends back home while you travel, and you should take every opportunity to stay connected. If something goes wrong, you are going to need them to raise the alarm incase you can’t. Cellphone reception gets patchy when you go deep into the country, so use more conventional methods to keep in touch when you start moving away from the well beaten track.
A family road trip across our beautiful country is a great way for a family to become closer and have experiences that will last a life time. Family road trips are the kind of thing you talk about for years, no matter how well it goes, and with a few precautions it can be a joy for all.