If you’re thinking of moving your tiny house, you’re certainly not alone. There are plenty of tiny house-ers who love the thrill of taking their homes on the road. However, if you’re going to do so, there are many elements to consider when it comes to prepping your house itself, from getting the right trailer hitch to bungeeing your shoes to their rack.
Along with the plethora of packing logistics, though, it’s important to take some time to consider the trip itself. You’re not talking about a quick trip to the grocery store, after all. This is a legit road trip that requires planning your route, considering your destination, and making sure that you have everything in place to keep the good times rolling.
Consider Your Route
One of the most important things to address before you pull out onto the open road is planning your route. While it’s fun to take exciting, untrodden paths when you’re trucking down the road in a 4-door sedan, the added fact that you’ll be pulling your entire home behind you means you’re going to want to thoroughly plan ahead of time.
Your lodging logistics are particularly important, as you need a place to park your home as you go along. Check with campgrounds and RV parks before you arrive to make sure they accommodate tiny homes.
Once you have this figured out, try to map out the best routes to take in order to get to each destination. After all, you don’t want to spend time driving dozens of extra miles at the end of a long day, tiny house in tow, as you desperately search for lodging that will accommodate your particular home. In addition to your lodging, consider investing in a GPS that takes into account things like clearance issues, weight restrictions, and other concerns for larger vehicles.
Don’t Forget About Mother Nature
Along with your route, it’s important to consider your destination. Is it going to be excessively hot or cold when you arrive? Is your home prepped for a temperature change? Heading down to Pheonix, Arizona mid-July means you’re going to want an AC unit handy. Driving up to Montana for Christmas means you should have a good heater on hand as well. Also, consider what natural disasters should be on your radar. Don’t drive your home into Florida during hurricane season or straight into a California wildfire. Each geographic location has its own concerns. Tiny homeowners in New Zealand, for instance, should be on the lookout for everything from earthquakes and flooding to tsunamis and volcanoes!
Make It an Adventure
You already live in a tiny home, so chances are adventures (along with the occasional misadventure) are already par for the course. With that in mind, make sure to take some time to research interesting places to visit along your route. Here are a few extracurricular suggestions to help get your adventure-prone creative juices flowing:
- Consider visiting iconic national parks, like Yellowstone or Yosemite, that are located along your route.
- Spend time exploring interesting cities like New York, Los Angeles, or Washington D.C.on your way to your destination — even if it means your travel time is slightly extended!
- Be on the lookout for famous landmarks like the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls.
- Break up a long trip with a popular theme park such as Six Flags Great America, SeaWorld, Hersheypark, or Disneyland.
Keep It Affordable
Once again, the very nature of operating out of a tiny home means you’re probably fairly familiar with concepts like frugality, proper budgeting, and being aware of your costs. With that said, there are a number of ways that you can help keep your travel expenses to a minimum.
For instance, if you’re a tiny house couple looking for thrifty ways to have fun, make quality playlists for your trip or spend time creating fancy dine-in dinners at each stop — you’ll have your kitchen right there with you, after all.
Along with affordable entertainment, a few other ways to make your trip on the cheap include:
- Packing snacks for the road.
- Traveling during the off-season if you’re visiting a specific location.
- Resisting impulse purchases when the opportunity arises.
If you keep an eye on your costs as you go, it will make transporting your tiny home that much easier to do. And remember, a cheap trip means you can move your home more often, which opens up the door to endless possibilities.
Hitting the Road
If you take the time to plan your route carefully, keep your costs down, and factor in some extra fun as you go, you’ll find that traveling with a tiny house isn’t just feasible, it’s downright fun. From one-off adventures to planned day trips, luxurious home-cooked meals, and countless hours spent on the road listening to your favorite playlist, tiny house travel is one of the best ways to see the world around you …and make some excellent memories as you go.
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