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We are planning a vacation and a lot of ideas are being thrown around. Have you ever driven across the country?
I've never gone cross-country, but I have done the Eastern Seaboard several times.
I agree with Chilipepper's advice:
- Make sure you have another passenger who can drive so you can rest.
- Take your time.
- Carry your own toilet paper just in case.
- Wear sunscreen - you can still sunburn inside the car.
- Check road reports in the morning. Your meticulously mapped route for the day can be blown to pieces by road work and detours. It's better to know this before you get behind the wheel.
- Subtract 2 from however many hours you plan to drive. Everyone thinks they're up for 8+ hours of driving at the beginning of the day, but you will become cramped, bored and fatigued (not in the order) during the drive. Know when you reach your limit and don't push yourself beyond it. That "just a little further/longer" is when the accidents happen.
- Bring a first aid kit ($10) and a inexpensive jump box ($30). Better to say to yourself, "I didn't need it" when you reach your destination, than to say, "I don't have it" in the event of an emergency.