Pre-relocation packing and travels:
So, in September last year I decided to book a monster of a trip to trek 26 States in America in 43 days all whilst camping (and a few hostels and hotels)… because I’m a ‘wee firecracker’
I have been to the states before but I hadn’t seen the true wonders that it possessed. So, I did some research and found myself on the Trek America website. Trek America is a fabulous company who offer pre-planned routes for all of your travelling needs. Each tour offers a variety of choices whilst also giving you a tour guide to offer you that first hand inside scoop and you get to meet other young people like yourself.
There were so many options and duration times on offer that I was a little overwhelmed at first, but as I receive 7 weeks off in summer I decided to choose the longest duration possible; this helped to narrow it down to 6 incredible treks. I decided to go for the 'Grand Trek' as I wanted to make the most of my trip without having to visit ‘Orlando, Florida’… not that I’m against it… it’s just that I’ve already been there.
Now, the Grand Trek is pretty epic, it covers places ranging from New York, Niagara Falls, San Francisco, New Orleans and everywhere in between. I was sold! The Trek looked fantastic and the activities (both included and optional extras) were really interesting.
A few of the many included activities:
Grand Canyon sunrise/sunset
Chicago bike tour
Golden Gate Bridge
Visiting an Amish community in Shipshewana
Walking amongst the Appalachian Mountains
A few of the many optional activities:
White-water rafting on the Ocoee River
New Orleans jazz clubs
Smithsonian National Museums
Grand Canyon helicopter flight
Navajo guided 4x4 tour of Monument Valley
Las Vegas clubs & casino shows
Native American Museum
Alligator swamp tour, New Orleans
So, that was me booked!
Advice on documents to get sorted pre-trek:
Pre-trek and Post-trek hotel
You can purchase your flights; travel insurance and hotel room through ‘Trek America’ or you can save some money and do it yourself. My suggestion would be to book your flights and travel insurance yourself and book the hotel room via Trek America as you can then share a room with someone on the same tour and make friends. But it’s completely up to you.
My packing list:
(Usual underwear etc)
Footwear- (this one was super difficult)
1 Hiking boots (you can wear trainers but I love a good hiking boot; they're ugly but cool)
1 flat black shoes
1 Black ankle boots
1 Pair of heels
1 cheap flip flops (for grotty showers etc)
Notebook and pen
American plug adapter
Travel pillow, ear plugs and eye mask
Diarrhoea tablets (laugh, but you definitely don't want to deal with this without medication on hand)
Antiseptic hand wipes
Body brush/ shower scrunchy
Feminine hygiene products (if you're female)