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By:    On: 2012-04-23


1) Have either a single secure source of income, such as working for a big company remotely, retired with a pension of some kind, or have many streams of income. You do not want to be in middle of no where and find out your broke, your car died, and your out of food.

2) Banking... I suggest you have a major bank that has branches in all major cities. This way if you have problems, a question, or just like the convenience of saying hi to tellers you can talk to someone. I would also recommend the bank have a good online tool for managing your accounts. On top of that if you want a good credit union for savings, that could be a good for you. Also check out online banks that have totally online accounts such as Ally, ING, and Emigrant Direct.

3) Decided if you are going to, literally live on the road, going where ever it may lead you or just stay one smaller region moving about now and then. I have also heard of a few people who actually live out of their rv, but have a permanent place they park it.

4) Figure out what tools you will need to do your work. Then what the best options are for those tools. For example: phone could be a cell phone or simply google voice, fax could be a virtual fax where you send and receive faxes via email, internet could be satellite, cell modem, or just wifi hotspots you find along the way. What you need will vary greatly depending on how you make your living or if your retired.

5) Will you be doing a lot of boon docking (camping without a campground) or in forest service type campground with no amenities? If so you need to consider things like how will you generate power. Generators can be expensive and you can only keep so much fuel on hand. Solar power is expensive and the amount of power you can consume daily will be more limited. Beyond that will you be able to get a cell signal or internet signal in the boondocks? Answer to these questions will help you decided what tools and resources you will need.

6) Will school age kids be going with you? How will they attend classes? Check out the many online schools such as Your home city may even pay for it. The city I am based out of, if you enroll your child in home schooling the school district will pay for k-12. Maybe your city has something similar.

7) Medical, make sure you have some kind of document for each person going with their medical info. Brief history, allergies, medication, doctors contact info, insurance number and so on. This way if something does happen and your in a state of panic and disbelief you don't have to think. Just use this document. Also, I highly recommend you go through a basic first aid and cpr class. You never know when these skills will be needed. Don't forget a first aid kit and knowing how to use.

8) Don't forget your four legged friends. You should create a info sheet on your pets as well. Also make sure their shots are up to date, and you have their shot records handy. Some states, campgrounds and parks may ask for proof. Additionally, keep in mind all National Parks and many State Parks have restrictions disallowing pets on trails or into the backcountry. What will your pet do while you go hiking, into a museum, or a store? Will they be stuck in your car or rv? Something to think about.

9) Your home on four (or more) wheels. First, ensure that you property maintain your vehicle, such as changing the oil and maintaining proper tire pressure. Second, plan on break downs and needing to change your tires more often. If your like me, when looking under the hood you go uhm ok yeah uhm. Then i suggest some kind of towing club service such as AAA or possibly your insurance company. Warning be sure they offer national service, for example when I bought my SUV they claimed they offered national coverage but I asked to see the plan details luckily and which clearly stated no coverage in Texas and some other areas. Guess they expect the cows to do the towing in Texas. So make sure you know what your getting.

10) Lastly and probably most importantly is have some common sense and use it. Most problems and mistakes that occur could be avoided if people would just slow down and take a minute to ask themselves does this make sense, is this the best way to do this, is this safe, etc.

I hope these tips provide you with some guidance. For the rest of you I would love to hear your thoughts. What tips do you have to share?

Thanks for reading.

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