Get Road Trip Ideas from Our 4,393-Mile Adventure

In 2006, my wife and I took a 17-day, 4,393-mile road trip with our 15-month-old daughter. We couldn't resist the lure of the open highway—and neither can you.

But how do you even begin planning a journey like that one? Believe it or not, it wasn’t as difficult as it sounds. We learned a lot in the process, and we want to share it all with you. 

For example, did you know there’s a logical way to pack your car? That there are foods to avoid on your driving adventure? 

As you map out your drive, we hope you’ll use the best mapping program we’ve found. And we’ve shared our thoughts on how to plan a driving route that ensures you’ll see lots of interesting things along the way. 

How can you plan a family car vacation that brings your family closer together? And what are the best car seats for keeping your little ones safe? We cover these topics. 

We also have some ideas on how to save gas on your next drive, even if you're just going around town. And our car driving tips may help keep you safe from all the insane drivers out there.

Don’t leave home without these essentials. We’ve also put together a handy checklist to help you make sure you don’t forget anything important. 

Balancing Road Trip Planning with Road Trip Fun

Now, wait a minute….

How can you really enjoy the freedom of the open road if you carefully plan out your whole trip in advance?

It's simple. You make a plan so you’ll be sure to see everything you want to see, stay within your timeframe and budget, and avoid getting stranded. But then once you're out on your journey, you can change your plan whenever the mood hits you.

You can drive off the Interstate to cruise a beautiful state highway. Take an extra long stop at a quirky point of interest (we've especially enjoyed the Navajo Code Talkers Exhibit, World's Largest Hand Dug Well, and Wizard of Oz, Kansas). Or spend the night somewhere unexpected.

That's how we took the journey of a lifetime. (And for the record, we had only two Unscheduled Baby Stops in two weeks, because we planned our travels in a way that would work for our whole family.)

Enjoy planning your travels. We'll see you out on the open road!

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