Guest Post: USA: Packing for a US Road Trip (by Plane)

Guest Post: USA: Packing for a US Road Trip (by Plane)

You love to travel, and you love traveling to faraway places, right? I know, me too! That’s why my husband and I decided to pack our bags and embark on a coast to coast US trip, and tried doing it in a month’s time. However, we came to the conclusion that the Route 66, full-on American road trip with a Mustang Cabrio is not going to work, and that we won’t be able to see everything we planned on visiting. Therefore, we decided to do it by plane.

When all the arrangements were made, we started packing our bags. And that’s where we hit our first obstacle – how DO you pack for a month-long trip throughout the States? Because of that, I decided to share some more details about our trip with you, hoping you’ll find some of them useful.

Our Itinerary

The journey started in Sydney, and we flew out to New York – our first stop. After four days, we flew to Orlando to visit Universal Studios, since I’m such a Harry Potter geek, and go to Kennedy Space center for John. Next stop was Austin, Texas. This one was probably my favorite. Just imagine – barbecue, craft beer on every corner, fantastic music and hipster scene everywhere you go! After that, we continued to San Francisco where we visited my uncle. Bear in mind, San Fran is cold. Yes, you probably didn’t expect that, but it’s like 15°C in the City, and as soon as you leave and cross the Golden Gate Bridge, the temperature rises significantly – up to 35°C. It was crazy! Knowing this fact is very important for packing. Next, we visited San Diego where, guess what – we did our laundry! That was the best idea ever, and easy to do since it was a visit to my mom’s dear friend. A dear friend with a washer/dryer! Our last stop, before we went back to New York was Las Vegas, and we were smelling good! After that, back to New York, and after six days – back home we went!Packing for a US Road Trip (by Plane)

What are your tickets like?

Our Sydney to New York tickets included one carry on baggage each and a check-in luggage bag of up to 20 kilos – which was perfect. All of the domestic tickets we’ve booked though included only a carry-on and one personal item. Since it was impossible to fit a month’s worth of clothes in only carry-ons, we had to devise a plan. 

The American airlines charge a fee of 25-30 dollars per bag of 23 kilos, which was ok. After all, you need a good amount of socks, tees and underwear, especially if you are not doing laundry along the way. However, I advise you do. Our plan was to have 2 check-in bags and leave one of them in NYC (with our friend), and carry the other one through the rest of the trip along with 2 carry on bags and personal items. So far so good.

Additional Baggage 

 You gotta be smart – pack an additional piece of luggage – choose a soft bendable one  – so you can put it in the carry on. That saved our lives. I’m a big shopper, and visiting those amounts of family and friends left us with arms full of pressies as well. I am sure that you plan on shopping as well, so this is an easy way to smuggle an additional piece of personal item into the plane, without having the airline charge you for it. I remember that, for the Vegas to New York flight, I put my jacket over the additional bag and went for it. Nobody cared, and I managed to smuggle my new favorite pair of shoes without paying the overweight. Yay!Packing for a US Road Trip (by Plane)

Pack Smart

Remember to pack the basics when it comes to clothes – undies, socks, comfy shoes, dressy shoes, shorts, long pants, something for fancy events, tees and a warm jumper or hoodie. Those are the basics; the rest is up to you. 

When it comes to cosmetics – don’t go overboard. Americans have CVS stores on every corner and I was buying the travel size necessities throughout the trip. Makeup, on the other hand, is something that you have to have with you, so try to minimize it, and bring only the necessities. 

Also, don’t bring books, get yourself a kindle! Bring only one computer for both of you, and only one camera will be just enough. Go-pro is great as it’s small and fantastic for traveling. Also, be smart enough to buy an American prepaid SIM card with limitless internet access, we did that in T Mobile for $100. Lifesaver. 

I hope you are a bit more ready for your big overseas trip, and that you’ll have a blast, at least like John and I did.

Guest post written by Roxana Oliver 



Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on Twitter and Facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.

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  1. October 25, 2016 / 9:54 am

    For our June two-week journey, we packed lite too! Because the journey took us from Singapore to SF, we had to make that transcontinental journey across to JFK….Domestic US flights sure ain’t easy to pack a lot of stuff unless you pay for it! Fortunately it was high summer. But Roxana is right – its windy and chilly on te golden gate bridge! So bring enough!

    • October 25, 2016 / 10:13 am

      We are heading to San Fran ourselves in June and I expected it to be glorious weather. So glad Roxana and yourselves have mentioned it will be chilly on the Golden Gate Bridge – it has reminded me to to pack a hoodie and some other warmer clothes.

      • October 25, 2016 / 10:41 am

        Oh yes this Jul-Aug was fantastic we heard – ie clear skies, even after our June journey. Yes pack something that would withstand the winds. Someone said go to Battery Spencer to get a better view of the bridge. You will have to drive there though…

  2. October 25, 2016 / 10:43 am

    I’ll do some research into Battery Spencer, Ive never heard of it but if we can get great views I’d like to head there! Thanks for the tip 🙂