questionsanyone have some tips for a cross-country road…


gps is escential (even if i cant spell it).
lots of construction happens. have a bag of snack foods and another of drinks so when you need one and you are 30 min from the nearest town you have one.
blanket so you can nap in the car as needed
and remember getting there ten minutes sooner won't make you any less hurt from cutting off that tractortrailer that has bad brakes.
enjoy the move.


If you're so inclined, stop at that In-N-Out in Phoenix cause it will be the last one you see.

other than that, take time to eat at something not right on the interstate & take a few back roads.


Check the weather/hurricane forecast to make sure that there's nothing brewing that may hit along your planned route. If there's a chance of bad weather, you may want to consider a more northernly route.

Time your arrivals/departures into metropolitan areas so that you avoid the morning and evening rush hours. Trust me, you do not want to find yourself trying to get through Atlanta during rush hour.


When you get into Houston, take I-45 north to the D/FW area and visit WOOT, maybe Jumbowoot will give you a tour. I always try to keep a small point and shoot digital camera somewhere near the drivers seat. You never know what you are going to see along the way, and sometimes either there isn't time or you just don't want to mess with an SLR camera. CD's, IPOD, something so that when you get into a dead radio area you don't go nuts, but also do scan the dial, you can hear some really crazy stations in middle of no where.


Don't forget the car stonehenge. It's worth a quick stop. One thing I always did was never let my gas go under half a tank. There are some looong stretches out there with nothing for miles. When the sign says last service for 110 miles-Believe it! The same goes for rest stops :)


Audiobooks. Moist handiwipes. Gas can. Vehicle emergency kit. Small medical kit. Cash (even in this day and age there are some backwater towns cough cough Ozona cough cough where cash is the only currency and there are no ATMs).

If it works for your plans, drive some of Route 66. Eat at mom and pop places. Stay at six room motels with silly names. Check out road side attractions. Enjoy Americana, it is vanishing very rapidly now and this may be your last chance to see. That camera suggestion someone had earlier was great.


Thanks guys. I think this will work!


Make sure your car is tuned up and caught up on preventative maintenance.
In fact, don't take a car that hasn't had regular preventative maintenance. Far more likely to break down and leave you stranded.


Are you driving a moving van? Pulling a trailer? This info could pull a few more kernels of knowledge from your wootmates. Have a safe trip!


I'm not sure I would consider a week to be "taking it slow" for that distance. Google maps gave a route like yours at over 2,800 miles, which would be more than 400 miles / day if you take 7 days and drive every day. For most vehicles that is more than a tank of gas, and on most roads more than 6 hours of driving, per day.

In other words, my advice is to stretch it out more. Unless you have set deadlines at both ends (say if you are leaving a job on a specific date and starting another one at another specific date) you would be well served to take more time. After all, you might not get a chance to make that trip again.


Adult diapers and No Doze pills


Paper map -- twice this summer I've had friend's GPS fail (one was stolen out of the car and the other died while on the road). Paper map doesn't take up any space and is your backup...just in case. And if you are a foodie, look up your route and compare it to Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives list of favorite restaurants.


A GPS is not essential, but it is a handy tool.
Take a paper map. Know your route. Write it down.
Follow highway signs over GPS directions if there is a conflict.
Visit national parks and monuments along the way.
Don't text and drive. If you get a message, it can wait.
Enjoy the scenery.
Be safe!


basic first aid kit, blanket, sunglasses,tool case, so much to need...


ive driven cross country 4 or 5 times, NC to WA.
Route 66 (I-40) is filled with lots of stuff to see.
Grand Canyon, meteor crater, OKC Bombing memorial, Cadillac ranch, slug bug ranch, oldest texaco gas station, uranium cafe, etc etc.
Lots of places to eat as seen on Diners Drive-ins and Dives and Man vs Food shows.

I downloaded the app from and it lists all the crazy stuff to see as you get near them.
Have fun, drive till you get tired and pull over for the night.
We also geocached along the way.


Just stay out of bat country.

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Be archaic, and take along some travelers checks. Emergency money that is almost cash. Make a breakdown kit. Food, drinks (water) that don't go bad when they get hot. Pillow, basic tools, flashlight a book to read.

For fun ponder Geocaching. If there are a number of people going rubberneckers is a good family car card game.

Emergency communication device, be it CB Radio, Ham Radio, Cell Phone or Smoke Signals.

Stop at the Welcome Centers for free state paper maps!


Take some water and some snacks. Don't be afraid to stop. Travel a bit on route 66, it's worth the trip. Don't let the tank go below 1/4 full. Be patient. Talk to strangers.


Buy a book called The Next Exit. It's a listing of what's at every interstate exit in the United States. It's a great resource that's also available as an online subscription, and there's even an iPhone app. If you want to buy the book, you can probably get a better price at Amazon.

About an hour east of San Antonio on I-10, there's a place called Buc-ee's. It's like a convenience store on steroids. If you check on Youtube, people have actually posted videos of this place. It's absolutely worth checking out.

When you drive through the Baton Rouge area, try to do so at an off time. The more off, the better. Baton Rouge traffic is horrendous.