The Best Way To Plan a Cross Country Road Trip

Dec 20th 2017

The Best Way To Plan a Cross Country Road Trip

What’s life without a little adventure? Whether you’ve just finished high school, college, you want to go on vacation with your loved ones, or you’ve just bought a new RV and want to test it out, take this opportunity to see a little more of the country you call home. Go on a road trip!

At Modply, we don’t just make good watches for traveling. We’re inspired by nature and we love to explore the great unknown. So, if you’re looking for the best way to plan a cross country road trip, follow our tips and get out there!

Choose the Right Companion(s)

Not all cross country roadtrips have the same style and flow, and it’s mainly due to the company you keep. For instance, a road trip spent with your parents or close family will likely play out far different than a trip with your two best friends.

The best way to plan a cross country road trip is to start by choosing fellow travelers you’re comfortable spending that much time around, and have plenty in common with. If you and your potential travel buddy butt heads on a regular basis, have an extremely different taste in music, and struggle to agree on your journey’s general direction before you even leave town, you might not be the best pair for a road trip.

Keep it Loose

Once you’ve chosen the ideal candidate(s), pay attention to what you both want to get out of the trip. Not everyone is going to be interested in the same things, and that’s okay--but it doesn’t mean you can’t work together to make sure everyone’s happy. And honestly, it’s important that you figure out the basic outline of your trip before you leave town.

You definitely don’t want to be stuck in a vehicle with someone who feels left out or ignored. Talk to your companion(s) about what they’re most interested in seeing (offbeat boutiques, historic landmarks, restaurants serving local cuisine), and let them know what you’re most interested in, too. Work together to create a flexible plan that gets everyone involved.

Go Off the Beaten Path

If you’re travelling with a tight deadline, living life in the fast lane might be your only option. However, if you have time to spare, exploring old country roads and no-name towns throughout your travels is well worth it. Take the scenic route, stop at roadside diners and ask the locals about their favorite spots in the area, spend the night in a small town instead of a highway rest stop--you get the idea. There are plenty of ways to go off the beaten path during your cross country road trip, just make sure you take a good watch for traveling with you so you don’t lose track of time!

Don’t Overpack

The best way to plan a cross country road trip is to understand that every bit of space in your vehicle is precious. First of all, if you’re spending a week (or a few weeks, even) in a four-person sedan, you do not want to be cramped. Only pack what’s necessary. Second, who knows what gems you’ll find along your travels? Sure, you won’t be able to bring home that vintage armchair you found in a small town antique shop, but if you hadn’t packed 20 pairs of socks, you would definitely have more room for souvenirs.

Take As Many Photos As You CanThe best way to plan a cross country road trip is to always be prepared--jumper cables, gas can, and yes, plenty of photo-taking equipment. Road trips are all about making memories--but when you’re recounting your journey with your friends, family, and coworkers who weren’t present, it’s always great to have accompanying photos. You can use your smartphone, an old polaroid camera, a high-quality digital camera and tripod combo, or even a GoPro. Take pictures at each of your destinations, as well as in the car, at gas stations, of funny billboards, etc. It’s always better to take way more photos than you need, than to get home and realize you don’t have as many shots as you hoped.

Explore with Modply

At Modply, we believe that when you explore the world, you should always take a good watch for traveling with you. Our sustainable wooden watches are eco-friendly and durable, and they feature a scratch-resistant face and sturdy hardware. No matter where your cross country road trip takes you, you’ll have a high-quality and functional work of art along for the ride. Browse through our collection of handcrafted wooden watches, or contact us for more information.