Ready to make a cross-country road trip? Here are some helpful packing tips to make your journey a success.

The weather is warming up, and it’s time to plan your next great adventure. For the ultimate journey, hop onto Interstate 10 in Downtown Jacksonville and go west—all the way to Los Angeles, California, on a cross-country road trip. Yep, that’s right, you can make it across the entire U.S. on this one road crossing some of the country’s most popular cities and landmarks.

Here’s a look at some helpful packing tips to make your life easier during this ultimate cross-country trip.


Pass the time during your drive by stocking up on a few audiobooks for your trip. Download them online or purchase a few before you leave home and you’ll be set. Often narrated by the author or a celebrity reader, audiobooks are a great way to enjoy your drive time.


Pack an ice-filled cooler with canned drinks and plenty of ready-to-eat snacks for yourself and your passengers. Carrots, chips, fruit, peanuts, and crackers are all great treats with little mess.


For safety reasons, it’s always a good idea to have a road map in the car. Don’t rely on having a strong Wi-Fi signal during the trip. Your map can help you navigate.


Even though you’ll be making your way across the country through typically warm areas, prepare for chilly weather at night. This is especially important as you make your way across the desert and plains of Texas. Dress for warmth and pay close attention to your shoes, as you’ll need comfort while driving.

Emergency Kit

It’s a good idea to have bandages, a working flashlight with extra batteries, a blanket, moistened wipes, and even scissors in a ready-to-use emergency kit. Whether it’s for a personal injury or car troubles, keep plenty of helpful supplies in the car in the event of an emergency.

Get busy packing and prepare yourself for the ultimate cross-country road trip. It’s sure to be an adventure of a lifetime.

About the AuthorCarrie McLaren

Carrie McLaren, a native of Jacksonville, Florida is a former travel public relations professional turned writer/influencer. As a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Carrie is also the former VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider. Her writing works include Carnival Cruise Lines, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, USA TODAY Travel,, Undercover Tourist, WhereTraveler,, The Florida Times-Union, First Coast Magazine and more. She also shares travel stories on her own site, and on Twitter at @CarrieMcLaren.