How to keep sane on a 6 month roadtrip?
May 18, 2012 2:33 PM Subscribe
Gearing up for a 6 month road-trip in the US. What do I take? Looking for sleeping bag, technology, and other gear recommendations.
posted by piedmont to Travel & Transportation around United States (13 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I just got my dream job! I'll be spending the next 6 months travelling the US in a van, spending most of my nights camping in all variety of conditions and locations. Work provides the van, the tent, and the camp kitchen. I provide the rest. I've done plenty of road-trips, and done plenty of extended camping, but nothing so broad and extremely extended.
-I have no idea what sleeping bag I might need for this. Is there such a thing as a sleeping bag that will adapt to a variety of temperatures and is bombproof enough to handle nightly use for the next 6 months?
-I have no idea what kind of tech rig to take. I carried a Samsung ruggedized netbook, a Sansa Clip, and an original Nook through South America. I didn't have the van or the amount of tech access I will have here though. My needs will be a bit greater too. I'll need to research upcoming destinations, maintain some financial spreadsheets, manage a duty rota, keep entertained both in the van and out, and Skype. GPS would be nice too. I'm toying with switching to either
~a Toshiba Thrive, a USB Keyboard, and a large USB hard drive.
~the netbook, and a Kindle Fire.
I'm totally open to other rigs to make this whole thing smooth and productive.
What else will make this comfortable/easy/safe? A better sleeping pad? I'm at a loss for what else I need to gear up for this.