Top 5 Tips for The Ultimate Camping Road Trip!

Top 5 Tips for The Ultimate Camping Road Trip!

If you’re going on a road trip this summer,
you’re going to want to stick around for my top five tried and true tricks for making
your trip a truly one of a kind adventure! Hello everyone, my name’s Alex Haney and this
is the place for outdoorsy queers to connect and share. Now most of my camping trips are
wilderness trips but I also really really love a good road trip and I always incorporate
camping into them in a huge way. So I’ve done a lot of road trips but my two most notable
ones were a two week long camping style road trip in Baja, Mexico and last summer I did
a six week road trip around the eastern united states. A lot of this is super relevant to
any type of road trip as well as bike touring. Tip number one is throw out your schedule.
Well, don’t completely throw out your schedule. It is nice to have to have somewhat of an
idea of where you’re going and what you want to see, and have a bit of a framework to work
around but scheduling the entire trip, from experience, it is just way too restricting
and stressful. And I totally get it because researching at home and scheduling all this
stuff is super exciting to me, and its part of what really gets me excited about the trip.
I love researching. But once I’m actually out there, I find that its way way different
than anything I’ve read about on paper and I’m always guaranteed a better trip and a
better adventure if I just sort of follow my instincts and let the wind carry me where
it will, you know what I mean? A better alternative to over scheduling your trip is to sort of
set up the bones of your trip. Plan in certain waypoints, places you need to be by certain
dates just so you can keep on track with your trip and get home in time. If you’ve never
done a road trip before especially, it can seem really scary not to have a plan, to just
like kind of go out there into the world and you know wonder ‘where am I going to be sleeping
while I’m out there?’ and ‘where am I going to eat?’ and bla bla bla, all this stuff.
And that can lead to having to overschedule things, but once you get out into the world
you realize that its not as scary as the internet and everything makes it seem and you know,
it’s part of the adventure! Tip number two is connect with locals. They will always connect
you with amazing things that you would never get access to as a tourist, things that you’ll
never read about on the internet or in any guidebook. And if you don’t have any friends
or family that you know about already on the route that you’re going to be doing, this
is kind of where you can use your queer or trans card to get you in on the local scene
a bit. Look up community centres, there’s tons of stuff on facebook these days, just
connect with people on social media even. And it is also definitely worth it to plan
your route around this kind of stuff. I actually planned my entire U.S. road trip around the
people that I knew of in the U.S., both from the Philadelphia trans health conference that
I usually go to every year, and from youtube actually. If I had not planned my trip that
way, it would have been so muc worse of a trip. I would have never, I would have never
done half the amazing things I got to do like I got to do a big queer float in missouri
with all these queer people, floating down a river for seven hours, exploring caves.
I would have never gotten to try a home cooked meal in southern Georgia, my friend Gabe cooked
me up some catfish and hush puppies, that was definitely a highlight of my trip. I would
have never been able to try out surfing with my friend Charles in Florida. And you know,
there’s a million ways to be creative about how to connect with locals, like when I was
in mexico I didn’t know anybody so I didn’t actually plan to connect with any locals but
I did happen to have a guide for part of my trip and he had talked about this friend he
had who ran a ranch up in the mountains, and then we ended up later in the trip driving
through the mountains and I remembered, oh yeah, he had this friend up here and I ended
up dropping in on his friend, he didn’t speak any english but his wife cooked me this amazing
like traditional mexican meal with handmade tortillas cooked outside, like it was amazing.
Last thing I want to mention about this is that this is super super important to do on
a long trip. You know, maybe you’re going with your friends or whatever, but it is really
nice and really helpful to plan in social time with people other than the ones you’re
going to be spending all your days in a car with. Tip number three is to mix things up.
So I kind of approach my road trips like I do my wilderness trips, you know sometimes
you want to go slow and really get into the rhythm of a place and really get the feel
for a place. Um and then sometimes you just really want to go as fast as possible, just
cram as much in as you can and see as much of a diversity of stuff as possible in the
time that you have. On a road trip, especially a longer road trip, its really important to
kind of have a mix of these two approaches and you know, the grey area in between them
as well. Also mix up your travel style, like sometimes you want to get somewhere really
fast, it might be good to drive on the highway for a couple days. But other times, you know,
if you have a little bit of time to work with, maybe you drive on the country back roads
instead, and then you’ll see way different things than you would on the highway. You
know sometimes maybe you stay in camp sites that have a lot of amenities, like running
water, showers, toilets, all that stuff. But if you do that all the time, thats really
limiting and also you can go a little bit cheaper and save some money too. And its fun
to mix it up and sometimes go to the camp sites that have less amenities, or no amenities.
It’ll just take you to spots that less people go to, and especially on a longer trip too
you definitely have to plan in some time in the city. You know, no matter how hardcore
of a camper you are, that’s just something you’re not going to avoid. You know maybe
not for trips of a week or two, but any longer than that then for sure you’re going to have
to make some city stops just to do things like re-stocking supplies, grocery shopping
at some bigger shopping centres. It’s just nice to not limit yourself to one type of
experience, one approach to it, just try out different things with everything that you
do. You’ll learn so much about yourself, your travel style, what you like, you’ll learn
so much more about the place that you’re traveling in if you try all these different things.
Tip number four is to plan in more time for chores than you’d expect. And yeah, it does
seem like I’m contradicting myself, because I did tell you to throw out your schedule.
But just mentally prepare yourself for the fact that you’re going to need a bunch of
time on those longer trips to get chores done. I find that its best to plan in one full day
per week to get things done. And this is just a day where the focus is really on getting
all those camping chores done, you know going grocery shopping, re-stocking on supplies,
cleaning out your car which you’re going have to do! You know cleaning your gear when it
needs it, fixing stuff, doing laundry, going through your photos, checking in with people,
all that stuff I would file under chores. And if you do actually schedule in these days,
just make sure that your chore day if it’s in a spot where you, that you actually want
to see and experience… like say you stop in nashville um to do chores, and you actually
want to go and do some sight seeing there, then definitely plan more than one full day
there because you’re not going to get to see anything if your chore day is taking up all
of your time in that city. Okay my final tip, tip number five is make use of paper resources.
Kind of feel like the guidebook is maybe on its way out, but I am a huge huge fan of paper
guidebooks for road trips. Here’s one of the ones that I used um when I did my camping
in Baja, Mexico. I mean yeah technically you know you could have your smartphone or whatever,
or tablet or whatever it is and keep all your information on there, but I just find the
paper stuff so much better for a road trip. It doesn’t require any batteries, doesn’t
require any access to wifi, its right there physically in your hands, you can flip through,
find stuff super easy. This is not just applying to guidebooks you know, stop at those tourist
stops and pick up a bunch of flyers and stuff, pamphlets, and uh those are all really really
handy, pick up the maps. These kinds of like guidebooks and stuff, they just give you so
much more freedom and flexibility when you do decide to kind of go off script from your
plan. For example, when we were in mexico, when I had planned out the trip I planned
for us to actually drive up the west coast but then for some reason when I got there
I got super inspired and I just really wanted to just focus on the east coast of the peninsula.
And uh this just having this kind of guidebook gives you the freedom to just quickly be able
to alter your entire plan, and just say ‘okay, well where can I stay? what can I do?’ And
the paper to me too just is so much more in line with my experience of being out there
and camping, and you know getting away from the world, getting away from electronics,
unplugging and just simplifying life. So I hope you guys liked these tips and tricks,
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    Some other tips are to create theme based trips, like to unusual places. Try to create a lot of extra time where you have few time constraints and can explore off the main tracks. Try to access campgrounds when the use levels are likely to be low so reservations aren't needed. Plan ahead to register shortly after Noon when more campsites vacancies are likely. Check in advance to see the opening and closing dates for the camping season. Those are before and after they become crowded. Weekends and holidays are crunch-points for such sites.

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    Adeum Rivera

    Hello Alex, I'm going backpacking for 4 days this week Down Havasu Falls here in Arizona and it is 10 miles down and back up. Do you have any food videos that you can link me that are yours or one that you recommend? Thanks a lot love your very helpful videos :3

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