It definitely wasn’t easy in a lot of ways. It’s not only expensive to move so far away, it also is very time consuming. There are so many things I wish that I could go back and do differently! I’m going to list some dos & don’ts for anyone thinking about pulling the trigger on a cross country move.
1. Only pack essentials. We pretty much sold everything except our clothes and a couple random small things.
2. Buy all of the big stuff when you get there. We didn’t bring any furniture or home decor.
3. Road trip if you can. It was so much fun to see the country.
4. Rent an RV instead of a Uhaul. Trev’s grandparents drove with us so we just followed their RV in our car! You save so much money on hotels and you don’t have to stop as much to go to the bathroom.
5. Pack and make all of your meals. We had the RV so this was so easy for us! We grocery shopped before we left and then just cooked on the road. Trev’s Grandma made and froze a ton of dinners so that was amazing.
6. If you do want to eat out, look at places while you’re on the road rather than before. You are going to have a lot of time to kill.
7. Travel with a dog. It makes things a lot more fun.
8. Pack lots and lots of snacks.
9. Look into getting an essential oil diffuser for your car! Ours was amazing to have and kept me from getting car sick.
1. Don’t make reservations at hotels or RV parks ahead of time. There were some days where we wanted to drive for 11 hours straight, and then other days where it felt like 4 hours was a living hell. You never know when or where you’re going to end up.
2. Going off #1, do not stress yourself out trying to get there at a certain date. Driving for that long is really hard and some days it’s nice to just take a day off and enjoy whatever city you’re in! Trev and I spent an entire day exploring Nashville and it was so fun.
3. If you’re driving with your significant other, avoid serious conversations. You’re stuck in a car with that person for 10 hours a day, don’t push your luck conversation wise. Keep it light or you will go nuts.
5. Do not try to eat healthy during this excursion, it won’t end well.
6. It’s really easy to look at a map and want to plan all of these amazing stops at places that you want to see. After driving for that long, odds are you won’t want to stop and hike the Grand Canyon. Just keep things realistic and only pick stops that take minimal time out of your route.