North America has some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes and the world’s best cities. There is so much to see and do, and it’s a shame to limit yourself to one destination at a time, especially when so much of the charm and beauty of these countries lies in the unexpected. Everyone should get out and explore this great continent on the ground, which is why everyone should take time off to plan and adventure out on their very own Great North American Road Trip.
Songs have immortalized this adventure, and books have captivated the freedom to be found. No matter how many times it has been romanticized in the media, however, there is nothing like getting out on the open road for yourself. With modern amenities and some strategic planning, this does not have to be a cramped experience with half of your belongings spilling out from the back seat and the roof of your car buckling in from the weight of your equipment up top. No, it could be just as luxurious as staying in a five star hotel, only made complete with the thrill of adventure and possibilities.
To plan for your own luxurious road trip that is well suited to you, then all you need is to follow the following guide:
Rent a Unique Luxurious Space to Stay In
There are two main options when it comes to choosing where to stay on a road trip. You can either plan out every step you take and then book hotels, vacation homes, or even spare rooms in advance. If you wanted to keep your options open, then you could even chance the cost of a last minute booking.
This is not, however, the best way. RV Rentals today are absolutely luxurious. There are models that can house 3, 5, or even 7 people comfortably. If you have a small family and a large RV to yourselves, then you have space enough for everyone to enjoy themselves comfortably. You can have your very own luxury apartment on wheels that is ready to take you to wherever your heart desires.
You want more than just luxury, you want something different. With an RV, you will have all the modern amenities like a shower, air conditioning, and a fully working kitchen.
How to Pack for a Stylish Vacation
Though renting your own RV will mean that you can fit more, that does not mean you should try to fill it to the brim. Regardless of whether you drive your own car and stay in a hotel at the end of the night, or you make your ride your home, you will want to limit the amount of clutter in these smalls spaces and pack light and nimble.
Create a Travel Capsule Wardrobe
The first step to pack without the chance of clutter taking over your life, is to follow the doctrines of the capsule wardrobe. Many of these wardrobes use 30 to 40 items for a whole season. You can be stylish and have a unique outfit every day of a week or even month long trip with a lot less. To create this stylish travel capsule wardrobe you will want to:
Choose Items that Look Great Together
If a shirt cannot be worn with at least three of the bottoms you have chosen, then it cannot come with you. Choose items that can be mixed and matched, and still look great together. You will be forced to be more creative and therefore stylish as a result.
Choose Fabrics that Work Great for the Season
For summer, choose materials like cotton, linen, and other breathable fabrics that will keep you cool and dry. Stay away from fabrics like polyester, as these don’t breathe and will only leave you sitting in your own sweat for the majority of the day.
Choose Items You Can Wash on the Way
Though you will find dry cleaners in every town you go to, it is far safer for your clothes to skip the delicate items, and instead stick with items that are easy to wash. You can find a cleaning service that does all of this for you professionally, or you can go to a laundromat. This is essential, and much preferable to bringing enough clothes to wear every day of your trip.
For RVs: Essentials to Bring With You
Your RV will need a few essentials too. This is why reducing what you back is so important.
Food to Bring
You will have a fridge in your RV, as well as the standard setup for cooking like a stove and oven. Though you have these, you won’t want to stock up too much on fresh food, especially if your trip is longer than a week. Instead pack enough for a few days and prepare to go to the grocery store to stock back up. For now, focus on dry foods and goods that won’t spoil.
Always bring gallons of water for emergencies. You never know when you will need it and staying hydrated is important.
Emergencies are best handled when you are prepared in advance. This means you will want to bring:
- A Satellite Phone
- A Gas Canister for Fuel
- A Flare
- A First Aid Kid
Optional Items to Bring With You
What else you bring will depend upon your preferred hobbies. Putting aside electronics and other downtime activities, think about what kind of outdoor adventures you can enjoy on your trip. Perhaps you will be doing the Pacific Coast route, and want to take advantage of the nearby ocean. If so, then bring wetsuits and other water sport paraphernalia as needed. Alternatively you could budget to rent this equipment.
Planning Your Great North American Road Trip
Now that you have all of the preparations done, it’s time to choose your route. Try to limit the exact decisions you make, and instead plan a scenic route to take. Don’t be afraid to make detours or pit stops for things that are interesting to you – that’s the whole freedom of a road trip!