Driving from New York City to Los Angeles: Pre-Planning, Part 2

I’m trying to put together a list of things I will need in the car as I drive from New York City to Los Angeles.  The goal is to not have much.  I’m hoping to ship some of my belongings.  In fact I’m hoping to shed a lot of my things before the trip.  It seems so liberating to just let go of my stuff.  90% of my belongings just seem to sit around.  Why not sell it, get rid of it or just leave it on a high note?  I feel having more things means having more chores.  More stuff, less time.  I bring a backpack into work with me every day.  Its full of wrinkled papers, a book I never read, and a water bottle.  Good riddance.

That being said, here’s a preliminary list of things I’m thinking of packing in the car for the 5-8 day drive:

Car Items

  • fluids (oil, window washer blue juice, brake fluid, coolant)
  • tools (vice grips, wrench, screw driver, and probably a few other things I vaguely know how to use)
  • spare tire (already have one, just need to give it air)
  • jack & tire iron (sounds like a cool TV show)
  • foot pump
  • tire gauge
  • that spray-on tire repair thing in a can
  • iPod adapter/tunes/audio books
  • TomTom GPS (perhaps programmed with the voice of Luciano Pavarotti)
  • empty gas can
  • jumper cables
  • maybe a portable car jumper
  • 1988 VW Fox Repair Manual (for the mechanic in case something goes awry)
  • spares of:  bulbs, fuses, relays, coolant hoses, radiator stop leak, quicksteel, clutch cable (I have no idea what some of these are but the nice folks at VWVortex recommended I bring them)
  • gallon of water
  • bike rack with bicycle (?)
  • some sort of “worse case scenario” book about cars (anyone recommend one?)
  • road atlas
  • AAA card

Food/Kitchen on the Road Items
The budget for this trip is going to be on the slim side, so I want to eat well, but as cheap as I can.  I also want to have a lot of food in the car to save cash and eliminate any roadside impulse buysP.

  • peanut Butter
  • bread
  • water
  • cooler
  • apples
  • carrots
  • canned soup
  • canned beans
  • rice
  • skillet/pot with lid
  • mug for tea
  • tea kettle
  • chamomile tea
  • chocolate bars
  • marshmellows
  • graham crackers
  • canned beans
  • Indian food packets
  • bananas
  • MRE’s (?)
  • pasta sauce (in a plastic container)
  • vegetable pasta
  • sausage
  • A mix of cashews, walnuts, peanuts, almonds, and chocolate chips
  • hot sauce
  • Some kind of grill or hibatchi (excessive?), brickettes, lighter, lighter fluid (too dangerous to have in car?)
  • cheese puffs and pretzels.
  • dish soap

Cat Items

  • some sort of portable litter box
  • cat litter
  • cat food (wet and dry)
  • a couple different harnesses and leashes
  • a carrier to take Mozart out of the car
  • a barrier to keep Mozart in the hatchback
  • blankets, bedding
  • scratch post, toys, and drugs to keep him happy
  • nail clipper
  • a gallon of the water from home (I heard this helps when removing cats from their usual place)
  • treats
  • water bowl

Jeremiah Items

  • clothes for 5 or 6 outfits
  • fleece for cool days
  • jacket for cool nights
  • hat
  • spare contacts
  • new glasses with something to eliminate glare
  • cell phone
  • laptop
  • audio gear
  • tooth brush, shampoo, beard trimmer
  • 3 towels
  • 14 pairs of sox
  • notebook
  • camera
  • bathing suit
  • tent
  • sleeping bag
  • pillow
  • head lamp
  • 1 pair of boots, 1 pair of sneakers
  • gloves
  • flashlight
  • rope
  • tarp
  • matches
  • knife
  • grabber (to pick up trash along the way)
  • stamps for postcards
  • list of planned stops for camping, phone numbers for reservations, phone numbers of ranger stations
  • cash and coins for tolls
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • hat
  • 1 tie
  • soap

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