So anyway, three of my friends and I are planning a road trip from NJ to Long Beach, CA for June, 2008, stopping at the Grand Canyon, Seattle, WA, Yellowstone Park, and once we get back to the east coast, Boston MA (maybe NYC?). We have planned on approx. $1500-$2000/person, in a span of about 21 days (this is flexible). Since we'll have four drivers, we figured we could do three or four hour rotations of driving, then navigating, then napping in the back seat if tired.
Let's see, the Jetta that I have gets around 28mpg highway, but with four people and luggage... I'll knock that down to around 24-25mpg. We planned on gas probably being close to $4/gal and us traveling around 8000-9000 mi, so that's... close to $1300? I think we'd plan $400/person for budgeting gas.
Lodging: We didn't really plan on camping, we planned on doing a hotel every other night kind of thing, and driving straight thru the night if/where possible. Good, bad, ugly? Otherwise, we were thinking, budget motels are our friends. Bring a can of lysol or two and an air mattress, and we should have sufficient room for four, methinks... right?
Food: We were thinking of bringing a cooler and packing things for breakfasts and lunches, and maybe hitting a restaurant for dinner (Cracker Barrel is our friend). We were thinking about $15-20 each per day?
Compatibility shouldn't be too bad of a problem. Our personalities are similar enough such that we're out to get the same things out of the trip but different enough to not feel like we're talking to ourselves or arguing with ourselves.
Other things we think we might need--Edit as necessary:)
-AAA (and Trip-Tiks)
-Credit Card-$5,000 limit, each, just in case of emergency
-Cell Phones & Car Chargers
-5 Each of Shirts, Shorts, and undergrments (Laundromats--Wonderful things, they are)
-Travel SpaceBags (...for the clothes, of course. 15 cubic feet of trunk space can go fast :p)
-Water (1 case bottled, at least)
-Glasses & Sunglasses
-Allergy card, laminated, in case of accident, specifying allergies to medicines, food, religious preferences, etc. for medical personnel
-iPods, Cassette Adapter, Car Charger
A. Is this realistic?
B. Anything else we should bring?
Tips are appreciated. Just bear in mind that a local road trip doesn't really appeal to us, because we won't have the opportunities to see CA or anything out west for another four years due to college. (And I really want to see the Queen Mary)
Thanks in advance :)