I just wanted to let you guys know some things I researched because I really want to go on a road trip if I can buy a Volkswagen van sometime in the future.
You need a gym membership at a gym with a lot of locations and you need to plan which ones you're going to while you travel so you don't pass one and not see another one for a week. The reason you need a membership is so you can use their clean showers while you are traveling. This might sound a little weird but if you want to you can wash your container and utensils with the water there if you either want to take them inside with you or just bring a gallon of water back which sounds funny but if you have a better idea tell me in the comments. You can also use the gym's pool if they have one, you can use their water fountains if they have them, and you can exercise too.
You don't want to drain the battery of your can so you need to find power elsewhere. You can charge your electronics using a battery if you know how to set that up. You can also charge them at restaurants or delis that have outlets. If your gym has an outlet you can also use that. Probably the best thing would be to figure out how to get a battery in your van and plug stuff in obviously I don't know how. Some people also use solar power but that can be very expensive.
You either need to save as much money as you need before you leave or you need to have jobs set up at your stops. There are farms you can work at that will give you free food, you can work online, or find temporary jobs at different stops. To save money on gas you can't have the A/C running all night so you'll have to go on this road trip in a cooler season or bring a fan that you can plug into your battery or bring a battery powered fan. If you go in winter you'll have to have a very warm blanket and warm PJs or use your heater depending on how cold it is.
You will need:
A good pair of walking shoes
A bucket for dish washing
a container and utensils
A warm bed set
A smart phone with a GPS
A battery (mentioned earlier)
Curtains on your van windows
Deodorant, Body wash, etc
A gallon jug
Pepper Spray (just in case)
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