The first known transcontinental road trip in a car in the United States was undertaken in 1903. Horatio Nelson Jackson, Seawall K. Crocker, and their Pit Bull companion “Bud” made the drive in 63 days from San Francisco to New York City. Now bear in mind, back in 1903, the vast majority of the west was lacking roads period—let alone paved ones.
Jackson and Crocker left San Francisco on May 23, 1903. Among their summer road trip essentials they carried coats, rubber protective suits, sleeping bags, blankets, canteens, pots and pans for cooking, a water bag, an axe, a shovel, a telescope, tools, spare parts, a block and tackle, cans of extra gasoline and oil, a Kodak camera, a rifle, a shotgun, and pistols. The trio arrived in New York City on July 26, 1903.
Remarkably, a number of the items on their list are still relevant today, even though technology has marched on considerably since Nelson and Crocker left San Francisco on that sunny Saturday. While we might not need the block and tackle anymore, power inverters and travel apps do figure prominently today.
But that’s just the beginning.
Before you set out on your own summer road trip adventure, you’ll definitely want to read on…