I've been reading this forum for years and years, and now have a question to ask.
This summer, (dates of travel are firm) my husband, 12yo, 9yo and I need to go to Scranton PA from Tulsa OK. We have no need to see sights or attractions along the way; our goal is to get to Scranton to clean out my mother's house. (While in PA, we plan to do little trips to Philly or Hershey Park, etc. I don't need help with things to see while there because we've got that covered.)
We are figuring on taking 3 days to get to Scranton. Day 1: Tulsa to Terre Haute, IN. Day 2: Terre Haute to Pittsburgh, PA.Day 3: Pittsburgh to Scranton.
We've taken road trips for years, so the kids are fantastic travelers. (As such, I'm not looking for advice on how to keep them occupied, because again, we have that covered.)
We always get bagels and crap to eat breakfast in the car, and we ALWAYS bring a cooler and have a picnic lunch at a rest stop. (There's a super cool one just this side of St Louis that we like to stop at.)
We always leave for road trips at 6am. No particular reason, other than it works for our family. And this way we're ready for lunch at the cool rest stop outside of St. Louis. Then we always go out to dinner at that day's destination.
We know to bring maps, an atlas, GPS, emergency supplies, etc. (This isn't our first rodeo!) We will stay in hotels along the way that have wifi, a swimming pool, and free breakfast.
My questions are thus:
I'm really waffling on the first leg of the trip, ie from Tulsa to Terre Haute. In my mind I can say, "Oh, Terre Haute is just a few hours from St. Louis, and St. Louis is EASY to get to, which it is. But how is it, really? We HAVE to get to Scranton in 3 days. I know to add 25% to what Mapquest tells me, and even with that it seems doable. We have 2 drivers, so not concerned about one person getting driver fatigue. (And IL has COOL rest stops with hot chocolate machines! Yummalicious! I always bring my travel mug with me for just that purpose! Hee hee!)
I'm considering getting one of those electric coolers that plug into the car outlet. (We have one in the wayback that could be used.). Are these cool or lame? Any recommendations?