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Posted: 12/10/2013 4:50:11 AM EST
what items should I have that I may not have thought of?
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Adult Diapers!
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:36:05 AM EST
Engine Oil, trans fluid, ps fluid, coolant, water, brake fluid, gear oil, duct tape, electrical tape, tarp, bottle/floor jack, recovery strap/chains, tow points (or means to attach), jumper cables, portable jumpstarter, tire plug kit, air compressor, flashlights, batteries, CB Radio (still kinda useful for traffic/smokey/danger updates), Ham Radio (IF you're licensed), wheel chocks (or soemthing), wood or something to use for jacks, real/electronic flares, 1/4 & 3/8 socket set, screw drivers, combination wrenches, (or a good do-it-most tool set), cable ties, headlight/turn signal/parking light/etc bulbs, WD-40 (or similar), washer fluid, de-icer spray (handy for cleaning stuff, too), snow brushes/squeegee, wiper blades, gas can (full, if you can bring it, and it seals perfect), portable USB charger (battery powered, for charging phone), candles (heat if needed), lighters (a couple), blanket, waterproof boots, gloves, pocket hand warmers, hat (or toque if going thru canada).

Just thinking of the "oh shit, I'm in the middle of the desert/mountains/corn fields and there's nothing around".

I may have missed something... oh yea, food and beverages, enough for 2-3 days.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:38:32 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Doppleganger871:
Engine Oil, trans fluid, ps fluid, coolant, water, brake fluid, gear oil, duct tape, electrical tape, tarp, bottle/floor jack, recovery strap/chains, tow points (or means to attach), jumper cables, portable jumpstarter, tire plug kit, air compressor, flashlights, batteries, CB Radio (still kinda useful for traffic/smokey/danger updates), Ham Radio (IF you're licensed), wheel chocks (or soemthing), wood or something to use for jacks, real/electronic flares, 1/4 & 3/8 socket set, screw drivers, combination wrenches, (or a good do-it-most tool set), cable ties, headlight/turn signal/parking light/etc bulbs, WD-40 (or similar), washer fluid, de-icer spray (handy for cleaning stuff, too), snow brushes/squeegee, wiper blades, gas can (full, if you can bring it, and it seals perfect), portable USB charger (battery powered, for charging phone), candles (heat if needed), lighters (a couple), blanket, waterproof boots, gloves, pocket hand warmers, hat (or toque if going thru canada).

Just thinking of the "oh shit, I'm in the middle of the desert/mountains/corn fields and there's nothing around".

I may have missed something... oh yea, food and beverages, enough for 2-3 days.
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Or you could just spend $50 on AAA for the trip, pack a case or two of water, some snacks to last a few days, and a blanket.

Enjoy your trip, I hope you have something beside an FM radio to keep you company.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:39:47 AM EST
AAA may not help with no cel service.
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Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:41:45 AM EST
A van and a slut=best long term road trip EVAR!
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:41:54 AM EST

Wasp spray.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:44:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/10/2013 5:46:57 AM EST by sel366]
Case of Magnum sized condoms.

5 Cartons of cigarettes.

Rape.

2 AK 's and 4,000rds ammo.

2 barrels of Scotch.

Blow-up sheep.

Edible panties.

Rape.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:46:02 AM EST
A lot of Meth

It will keep you awake during long stretches of driving, it will give you extra incentive not to get pulled over and you can use it for barter all through the Midwest.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:46:40 AM EST
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AAA may not help with no cel service.
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Anyone who has driven the freeway system from one coast to the other knows that cell service abounds.

You have to be REALLY FAR away from civilization and off the "beaten path" for zero coverage.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:47:10 AM EST
Hookers and Blow of course
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Originally Posted By Billy_Dee:
A van and a slut=best long term road trip EVAR!
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18 year old college chicks with daddy issues FTW!!
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:47:39 AM EST
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First aid kit.

Small toolkit.

A sunshade for the windshield. Really nice to have when grabbing a quick power nap in a rest stop.

A spare key...... Ask me how I know.

Spare tire, in good repair. Make sure you have the jack and lug wrench too.

Atlas.

Flashlight.

AAA membership.

Pen and notepad.

Ice scraper.

ETA: Audio Book.

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Originally Posted By Jeepsnguns81:
A lot of Meth

It will keep you awake during long stretches of driving, it will give you extra incentive not to get pulled over and you can use it for barter all through the Midwest.
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I got stopped speeding one night through OK, cop asked if I had coke to keep me awake.

Which one should OP buy from his friendly neighborhood dealer? Meth or Coke?
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A football or frisbee. You never know when you might get stuck in traffic.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:54:43 AM EST
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Originally Posted By maleante:


I got stopped speeding one night through OK, cop asked if I had coke to keep me awake.

Which one should OP buy from his friendly neighborhood dealer? Meth or Coke?
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Originally Posted By maleante:
Originally Posted By Jeepsnguns81:
A lot of Meth

It will keep you awake during long stretches of driving, it will give you extra incentive not to get pulled over and you can use it for barter all through the Midwest.


I got stopped speeding one night through OK, cop asked if I had coke to keep me awake.

Which one should OP buy from his friendly neighborhood dealer? Meth or Coke?


Maybe it's the redneck in me, but I prefer my drugs cooked in a trailer by a guy who is common law married to his first cousin. Coke is too natural grown in the jungles, it makes me feel too Whole Foodsy.
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I got stopped speeding one night through OK, cop asked if I had coke to keep me awake.

Which one should OP buy from his friendly neighborhood dealer? Meth or Coke?
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Originally Posted By maleante:
Originally Posted By Jeepsnguns81:
A lot of Meth

It will keep you awake during long stretches of driving, it will give you extra incentive not to get pulled over and you can use it for barter all through the Midwest.


I got stopped speeding one night through OK, cop asked if I had coke to keep me awake.

Which one should OP buy from his friendly neighborhood dealer? Meth or Coke?


Coke, meth is for peasants
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:58:15 AM EST
Time, so you can stop and see/eat random things you hadn't thought of.

Audiobook

Spare key

Duct tape and coolant

Some drank

Sunglasses

Pepto

Camera

Pillow

Atlas or gps
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:12:34 AM EST
Originally Posted By Bubbleheaddiver:
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this time of year, check the weather religiously and carry chains for your vehicle. Some mountain passes wont be open unless you have chains.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:12:34 AM EST
real green cash.......three times what you think you need..
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:16:00 AM EST
Piss bottles.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:19:42 AM EST
Originally Posted By Bubbleheaddiver:
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I have done MD to CA and back three times on my car, and one on a rental truck.

You don't need anything special, except well maintained car. Keep some water and quart of engine oil. Make sure you fill up the gas as soon as it hits the 1/4 on guage. In Wyoming, Nebraska, and Nevada, you may come across good stretches of highway where there are no gas stations of 30-40 miles, and some of them are closed due to inclement weather or at nights.

Btw, I did all my runs on i80. Can't say about I90 or I70.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:21:23 AM EST
A CB radio will cover that

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AAA may not help with no cel service.
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Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:23:05 AM EST
I did an 800 mile trip this summer... My Garmin GPS was worth its weight in gold. I was able to quickly find a tire shop in an unfamiliar town and avoided having to put on the spare.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:24:21 AM EST
Where would you keep the spare key? In your rectum?
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:25:48 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Booze:
Piss bottles.
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And some Biffy Bags for #2. Pull over anywhere to take a dump.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:26:12 AM EST
Tire chains, sleeping bag, red bull, and some of that dick lube from the Amazon thread.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:36:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By Bubbleheaddiver:
what items should I have that I may not have thought of?
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What route? What time of year? What kind of vehicle?

Done x-country a bunch of times (CT/NY to WA, CA, NV, AZ...) In different cars, solo and with co-drivers.

For the driver:
Healthy, easy to eat snacks
Water
Changes of clothes
Gloves (for warmth and keeping hands clean if field repairs are made)

Communication:
GPS
Cell phones with chargers and spare batteries
CB, weather channel and ham

For the car:
Spare bulbs for headlights, signals, etc
Recent tune up and oil, belt and consumable change
Good tires for the season/weather (chains and cables, if appropriate)
Water, anti-freeze, oil
Full size spare tire
Reflective triangles and/or road flares and reflective vest
Flashlights
First aid kid that includes shock blanket, etc.

Map out your route with checkpoints (for those tracking you from home) and these checkpoints will serve as points of detour if weather decides to go sideways on your anticipated route. Smooth and steady wins the race. Don't try to push for that extra few hundred miles if you are already tired. Take breaks, sleep when you need to.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:43:02 AM EST
Damn guys, he's driving across the USA, not Kazakhstan.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:02:23 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Doppleganger871:
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Driven cross country 8 or 9 times. The amount of time you're out of cell service is probably less than 5 percent. Of course I was driving a 39' motor home and had all the crap listed above. No spare tires though, they don't even have a place to store one. AAA brings one to you, in a few hours.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:11:46 AM EST
Ill be making my 10th cross country trip since 2005 starting this coming monday. Most of my stuff was already moved so I am loading up the last of it in my 03 grand Cherokee and hitting the road from DC to Seattle. This is the latest in the year I'll have made the trip and am a little worried about the conditions in the middle of the country. Follow the recommended items lists already posted and don't be in a hurry and the trip will go fine. I'm planning on 5 days to make the ~2800 miles but I've done the trip in anywhere from 3 days solo to 2 weeks with a co-driver in sightseeing mode.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:15:22 AM EST
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Map out your route with checkpoints (for those tracking you from home) and these checkpoints will serve as points of detour if weather decides to go sideways on your anticipated route. Smooth and steady wins the race. Don't try to push for that extra few hundred miles if you are already tired. Take breaks, sleep when you need to.
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Originally Posted By Bubbleheaddiver:
what items should I have that I may not have thought of?


Map out your route with checkpoints (for those tracking you from home) and these checkpoints will serve as points of detour if weather decides to go sideways on your anticipated route. Smooth and steady wins the race. Don't try to push for that extra few hundred miles if you are already tired. Take breaks, sleep when you need to.
You can download an app called Glympse to share your location.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:20:21 AM EST
What I packed when I went in May. 10,000 around the country. 25 states.

I did some 4 wheeling while I crossed so I carried some additional items you may not need.

Paper Maps-I used them to gauge distance before I would stop for the night.
Stand alone GPS
Basic tool kit, surplus shovel, tow strap, quart of oil, washer fluid, air compressor, jack stand, etc
Snacks, water, food for a few days
Camping equipment-small tent, pad, bag, stove
Flashlight
Satellite radio
iPad and MiFi
leatherman tool
Cameras

Can't really think of anything else.

Any specific questions that you have PM me!

Enjoy!
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Originally Posted By b00by:
Where would you keep the spare key? In your rectum?
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I kept one in the lock box in my jeep.

Free glass replacement with Geico!
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:22:11 AM EST
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Originally Posted By katrina24:
real green cash.......three times what you think you need..
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Always good to have!
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:23:54 AM EST
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A CB radio will cover that

Originally Posted By Doppleganger871:
AAA may not help with no cel service.




There were plenty of places I traveled with no service.

Stand alone GPS for this reason. Get a really good one. I spent over 300 on mine.

DO NOT rely on your cell phone GPS.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:33:31 AM EST
I've done many cross country trips over the years with my job and funny but no crack, meth, hookers or other illegal activities were ever needed at all. I love doing cross country circuits and will be doing more. I'd suggest the basics in the car just in case but in all my cross country runs... I've never had anything except a couple of flat tires and even those were just a nail picked up so tire didn't blowout.

I'd recommend a good camera with extra memory cards as there are great things to see on the way. I'd also recommend you take your time so you can stop for local sights along the way. My smartphone has an app that tells me local attractions and I've used it to see some cool suff in various cities. Road trips are a great way to see this beautiful country we live in. Some of my favorite places on the road are:
Virginia in the fall... fall colors will amaze you and especially day hikes if you can spare the time.
Colorado summers... fantastic views from the higher elevations and great wildlife to photograph
San Francisco any time... great seafood and great music scene
Kansas City any time... great food and great music but be careful late at night
Florida southeast coast any time - great scenery and great weather
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Have you thought of a motor vehicle of some kind?

Because you'll definitely need one of those.
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Not really. A true Arfcommer only needs a bike.


Or, an aeroplane.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:43:00 AM EST
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Road trip essentials.

A 12 v to 110 v converter.

A good radar detector.

A 2 in 1 cigarette lighter adaptor.

Flashlight, small and large.

Gps.

Battery charger.

Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:46:41 AM EST
San Diego to SC, took nothing but a GPS, CC and a few books on tape CDs. No worries, but damn Texas takes a long time to go through.
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Originally Posted By maleante:


Anyone who has driven the freeway system from one coast to the other knows that cell service abounds.

You have to be REALLY FAR away from civilization and off the "beaten path" for zero coverage.
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Originally Posted By maleante:
Originally Posted By Doppleganger871:
AAA may not help with no cel service.


Anyone who has driven the freeway system from one coast to the other knows that cell service abounds.

You have to be REALLY FAR away from civilization and off the "beaten path" for zero coverage.


I lose service for about 1.5 hours on I-10 and parts of I-75. Once you head west from lake city.
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There are small lockboxes specifically made for hiding a spare key on the exterior of your car. They have a powerful magnet on one side for you to attach it to your frame, or the inside of your bumper.

Or, you can keep it in your wallet, or in a separate pants pocket. But if you're really hurting for stuff to stick in your butt there are much better objects than a key.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:09:23 AM EST
Be a man...I drove from Seattle, WA to Columbus, OH at the age of 24, all by myself. In a 1973 340 Duster with a 4 speed, non A/C car. Did it in June of 1995. No damn cell phones, no damn AAA, nothing but the hum of the 340 my friend. The old Mopar didn't break down either...I did get a shitload of thumbs up as I crossed this great nation though!
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:17:23 AM EST
Ive driven from Idaho to Georgia and back 5 times. I take my time, plan sight seeing stops along the way and enjoy it very much. I've never made any special "survival" preps for my trips. I broke down once (before the age of cell phones) and still made it on schedule. There are remote stretches of highway, but it's not like you're crossing the Sahara on foot. Just enjoy the trip.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:37:15 AM EST
Paper road atlas. Sometimes you're out of Google Maps range.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:38:49 AM EST
Bookmark backpage.escort ads in each city you plan to stop in.
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Originally Posted By N0cturnal12:


I have done MD to CA and back three times on my car, and one on a rental truck.

You don't need anything special, except well maintained car. Keep some water and quart of engine oil. Make sure you fill up the gas as soon as it hits the 1/4 on gauge. In Wyoming, Nebraska, and Nevada, you may come across good stretches of highway where there are no gas stations of 30-40 miles, and some of them are closed due to inclement weather or at nights.

Btw, I did all my runs on I80. Can't say about I90 or I70.
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Originally Posted By Bubbleheaddiver:
what items should I have that I may not have thought of?


I have done MD to CA and back three times on my car, and one on a rental truck.

You don't need anything special, except well maintained car. Keep some water and quart of engine oil. Make sure you fill up the gas as soon as it hits the 1/4 on gauge. In Wyoming, Nebraska, and Nevada, you may come across good stretches of highway where there are no gas stations of 30-40 miles, and some of them are closed due to inclement weather or at nights.

Btw, I did all my runs on I80. Can't say about I90 or I70.


THIS.

Which route you intend to take makes a major difference. Particularly at this time of year. I-40 and routes north of there can have major winter weather problems. I-30, I-20 and I-10 are usually good routes year round, although I-20 and I-30 can occasionally see winter weather and already have this winter.

As Bubbleheadeddiver said, if you've got a well maintained vehicle (and are taking a southern route like I-10) you don't need to pack much more than some extra oil, coolant and washer fluid, some drinking water and food plus some winter clothing and blankets. AAA has good recommendations for winter kits you should carry with you. If you plan on taking a northern route like I-40, I-70, I-80 or I-90 you'll need much more winter survival preps due to the mountains you'll encounter with the possibility of being snowbound..
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Originally Posted By sel366:
Case of Magnum sized condoms.

5 Cartons of cigarettes.

Rape.

2 AK 's and 4,000rds ammo.

2 barrels of Scotch.

Blow-up sheep.

Edible panties.

Rape.
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You said Rape twice.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 10:20:47 AM EST
Ether.
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