Everything You Need for a Cross-America Road Trip - Hexbag

Everything You Need for a Cross-America Road Trip


Road trips are the finest way to see the US. Road trips are the ideal way to see Southwest national parks, leaf-peep in New England, and dine your way throughout the Deep South.

However, US road traveling differs from other nations. The US has great highways and you can drive almost anyplace by automobile, but distances are lengthy, temperatures are severe, and you need to be prepared.

This blog has covered road travels a lot (and will continue to do so!), so I wanted to share my USA road trip must-haves.


Us Highway 163 in Utah

USA road trip necessities


National Park Pass
The National Park Service manages 63 national parks and 350+ monuments, memorials, historic sites, and more. Some of these sites are free, while many charge. Visiting many national parks or other sights on a road trip may rapidly add up to $30+ per vehicle for the more popular ones.

I suggest a National Parks Pass for savings. For 12 months, the $80 ticket grants access to any NPS park, monument, memorial, or site. It can save you a lot of money on a long US road trip. Since I travel so often in the US, I get a National Parks Pass every year.

Zion National Park Angels Landing trail hike
You may acquire a National Parks Pass in most national parks or order one online before your road trip.

One permit covers up to four passengers in a vehicle, so whether you’re traveling with a partner, friend, or small family, you only need one pass.

Car basics for road trips
Consider having these in your vehicle on your US road trip:

1. Car phone mount
With so many people using smartphones, standalone GPS gadgets are essentially useless. If your automobile or rental car doesn’t have a GPS, use your phone instead of purchasing or renting one. Use your phone as a GPS hands-free using a vehicle phone attachment (I prefer this vent clip one and this windshield one) for about $15.

2. Road Atlas
When traveling, I adore looking through atlases and maps. But having a physical set of maps on a US road trip is useful in case you find yourself in a region with low cell connection (which does occur in less-populated areas!). I enjoy Rand McNally road atlas.

The Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada has Mouse’s Tank Road. Small bluetooth speaker
Cell signal may be unavailable in some regions. You’ll also travel through radio-free zones. If you have music on your phone, bring a tiny bluetooth speaker like the Anker SoundCore mini to play music or podcasts in the vehicle and on picnics or hikes.

3.A powerbank/car charger
Due to our various digital devices—phones, cameras, tablets, speakers—road trips may be lengthy. Bring a vehicle USB charger or powerbank to keep your phone from dying on a lengthy drive. I appreciate this tiny, cheap 13,000 mAh Anker PowerCore powerbank since you can carry it in your backpack and use it outside the vehicle.

4. Emergency roadside kit
Road trippers in the US will drive on long, deserted expanses of road, so include a roadside emergency kit. This roadside pack includes jumper cables, a torch, first aid, and more. You may never need much of this, but having it is better than needing it.

5. Hydration pack or bottle
Tap water in the US is generally safe. Instead of buying disposable water bottles, travel with a reusable container you can fill in the morning. I enjoy CamelBak Chute.

For road trips that include hiking, a day pack with a hydration sleeve is a wise purchase. I prefer the Osprey Daylight Daypack with a hydration reservoir.

6. Small chiller
On extended car journeys, I bring a small cooler for non-water liquids and snacks. My sister and I stocked our cooler with snacks, bread, lunchmeat, and cheese to save money for lunch on Route 66.

You may buy a flip-lid cooler or a thermoelectric cooler that plugs into your cigarette lighter and doesn’t need ice. For cold, you may need tiny ice packs.

7. Travel blanket
Finally, bring a few tiny blankets to avoid vehicle temperature fights.

Those outside the US

There are a few extra items to carry for a US road trip from overseas.

1. Wifi portable
The US has few short-term mobile service alternatives, and it’s harder to get a SIM card without a contract than in other nations. The majority of US hotels/motels, coffee shops, and restaurants provide free wifi. If you require more constant coverage, bring a portable wifi device.

I’ve tried the Solis portable wifi hotspot in numerous places and enjoy it. The SIM-free Solis uses a mobile signal. You simply pay for the wifi you use, making it affordable. The gadget may be used in any nation, making it a fantastic long-term travel investment.

2. Travel insurance
When traveling in the US, your usual health insurance covers you. For international travelers, you’ll need travel insurance before leaving home. Because anything may happen on the road, I always travel with insurance. I suggest World Nomads for cheap travel insurance.

3.Travel-friendly clothes
My best packing advice is to check the weather at each destination before leaving. Many people don’t aware that winters in the desert and South might be frigid or summers in the north can be unbearable. Pack appropriately!

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