I am planning for driving from Iselin, NJ to Orlando Florida for Christmas and New Year. Planning to start on 18th for 2 weeks visit. Since the drive is for 15-17 hours I am thinking to break the journey into two parts. Part 1 - NJ to Charlotte(NC) and Part 2 - Charlotte to Orlando(FL) during which I will be visiting a friend in Charlotte and also will have a rest for 1 day(19th) and then start for Orlando on 20th.
I have done earlier driven for 600-700(7 hrs) miles in single stretch but this one drive of 1100 miles ii will be doing first time.
Requesting your expert advice on the best and safest routes for the road trip. Also if possible kindly advice on the maps that i should have handy, tools/utilities/gears (for my car care) for such long journey.
Note: As of now I am doing this journey alone( I don't mind that), but might get a company by Dec 16th. Also I do not prefer late night driving.