Post # 1
We have always wanted to move back east and talked about it all time. We had plans to move to New Husband in 2 years, but we just found out yesterday that my husband’s been transferred to RI….and needs to start May 1!!!!
That means we have 1 month to get our sh*t together aaaaah. We’re so excited but also kinda freaking out! We plan to use a door to door pod service for most of our stuff, are shipping his car, and driving mine cross country with our dog.
Has anyone driven cross country before? Do you have any tips? We plan to take 5 nights, 6 days. Is that realistic? Please help!!!
Post # 3
We just moved from Nor Cal (near Sacramento) to Boston about a month ago and drove cross country with the dog and the parrot. This is how we broke it up; I don’t know what part of CA you’re leaving from, so your route might be different…..but it was pretty much 80 East to 90 East.
Salt Lake City
Denver (FI had a friend there, so like a 45 min detour south off of 80)
Council Bluffs, IA (FI has aunt and uncle there; we also spent an extra night)
Aurora, IL (FILs house)
La Quinta is super pet friendly; as are some holiday inns, FYI
So, yeah, 6 days is realistic, assuming the weather is good. Good luck!
Post # 4
@AutumnMrs: I just drove a huge roadtrip, but I did it red-eye style. I would plan on driving 6-8 hours a day. Factor in pitstops, lunch, and dinner in that as well. If you or your Fiance is vegetarian or has food allergies, research food options in advance so you’re not stuck with a vegan in the south with nothing to eat but plain salad (which was even harder to find!).
Also, if you dont have it, make sure you get roadside assistance on your insurance or through AAA. Make sure your spare is working, bring a small gas canister, and find an updated paper map in case your phones or gps fails (which mine has many times in the middle of nowhere).
Post # 5
@ohmybears48: You’ll definitely need a map! I did VA to CO. Make sure- as my brother did this to me- to go to the bathroom when you see one and need to use it. Turn around. Don’t wait til oh driving all the way across Kansas to realize theres nothing until you hit Colorado Springs! Little twit lol I’d take some TP with you just in case!
Post # 6
6 days is totally reasonable, especially with two of you! I’ve done it a couple of times thanks to a couple of road trips and a few cross country moves!
Post # 7
We moved 3 years ago from NC to NM and drove the 1900+ miles in 3 days 2 nights (averaged about 600 miles a day). We were both completely exhausted when we got to the house though. So 5 nights 6 days should be ok.
LaQuinta is pet friendly, so I recommend that hotel first. Some Sheraton hotels are also pet friendly but tend to have additional fees for the pet. Bring along some paper towels/cleaning stuff in case your dog gets carsick. Also bring some snack food for the car. If you have an ipod, it’s a lifesaver when driving through some regions of the country where the radio choices are limited, satellite radio is also awesome if you have it.
Pick the places you plan to stop at and make reservations at hotels ahead of time. We also check into what restaurants are around the hotel ahead of time. We try to eat as healthy as possible on trips, so we look at where there are Panera Bread and Subways along the driving route, because 3-4 days of fast food isn’t great on the system.
Don’t freak out, it sounds like a great opportunity!
Post # 8
@mtrl01: We’re heading across from L.A. … current plan is grand canyon, colorado, nebraska, chicago, NY, RI! Good to know about La Quinta. I had only heard of best western being pet friendly…but they aren’t really that cheap!
@ohmybears48: Great great tips, thank you! Embarrassed to say I wouldn’t have thought of an actual map. How dependant we’ve become on technology!
@jpalm13: TP!!!!! Love this! So easy to fit in the car but so useful when it’s needed haha. I should get that girl pee thing i’ve been seeing on pinterest hahaha
@madger: Awesome thanks! We were afraid it was going to impossible to do it that quickly.
Post # 9
Holy cow, that’s a lot of driving! I’ve only done a half country drive from Austin to San Francisco, and that already drove me nuts! Cheers to all of you who have made the trek!
Post # 10
@pengoala: haha UGH i know. I drove from RI-New Orleans in college and after it was done thought “I’m NEVER driving across the country!” And yet here we are haha…
Post # 11
Yes, I did it with my daughter, 15 at the time, with 2 dogs. From Western Massachusetts to Oregon. I got a really nice map thing from Triple A. We stopped at rest stops every 2 hours or so, to walk the dogs, stretch our legs, get a drink or a meal and it helped me to keep alert in places like ND, and Montana, lol. I planned out what city I wanted to stop in each night, so I knew about how long our days would be. I chose to drive in big cities on off times-so no major highway traffic, like through Chicago on Sunday morning. Leaving Minneapolis at 5:00 am, etc.
Post # 12
I drove cross country with my Father-In-Law in 09. We went from Colorado to Alabama in 3 days so I tihnk your timeline might be alright. You might want to get some ebooks, those were really entertaining, especially when radio stations were spotty or all the stations were Christian talk.
Post # 13
Yep, we drove from CA to FL in 6 days! You can do it and even make it fun – we stopped every day, saw some fun sights, and still got in 6-8 hours of driving each day 🙂
Post # 14
Thsi is a second honeymoon for you guys! ENJOY the cross-country and do some sight seeing too…. don’t forget!
Post # 15
I moved from New Husband to Montana in 2006 then back again in 2009. Both times we drove and I would definetlty recommend taking your time and mapping out the most scenic route. Coming back I had our dog which definitely made it more challanging to find places to stay but it was still a great experience. Good luck and make sure to bring a “real” US road map so you can plan out your drive and make changes if necessary 🙂
Post # 16
Thats so exciting!! Road trips are awesome!! I went cross country last summer with my boyfriend from New York, down to San Antonio, out to the Grand Canyon and then up to Yellowstone and back to NY over the course of 6 weeks with plenty of stops in between. The best advice I can give is make sure you have a large cooler in your backseat for drinks/snacks and NEVER let your gas tank fall below the half full mark. I can’t tell you how many times when we were traveling in rural areas and there was no gas around, or it was late at night and the gas stations weren’t open. Luckily we abided by my “half full” rule and made it back home w/o incident! Also, if you can take the time, I highly suggest taking a little extra time for your trip so you can stop and visit some of the amazing places you’re going to pass along your route!!
Edit: Also just remembered, if you’re a member of AAA, they’ll help you map out your trip for free. Either go online or to one of their offices and ask for a “Trip Tick.” They’ll even let you know about areas with construction that could cause traffic and roads that may be closed (especially important if you’re driving a northern route as there will be a lot of snow melt in April).