The Today weather forecaster will travel to all 50 states and the District of Columbia in just seven days

By Emily Strohm
November 06, 2015 08:00 AM

Last year Al Roker broadcast a record-breaking 34 straight hours of weather coverage, but now Today‘s go-to guy is attempting another impressive feat.

As part of Rokerthon 2, the TV personality will travel to all 50 US states and the District of Columbia in just seven days as he tries for the Guinness World Records title for the fastest time to report a weather forecast.

“This will be grueling, but it will be a fun trip,” Roker tells PEOPLE. “There is one day where we hit 13 states in one day.”

The trip which will also raise money for Feeding America officially kicks off on Friday in Hawaii and ends Nov. 13 live on Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Al Roker

While he’ll take planes, trains and automobiles to get to all of his destinations, Roker says he only needs one small carry-on suitcase.

“I’m a guy so it’s easier,” says Roker, 61. “The best part is, I’m not shaving anymore for ‘No Shave November’ for our focus on men’s health, so I’m not including a razor or my shaving cream or any of that stuff. Much of my toilette has been eliminated.”

Roker has already traveled to all 50 states, but he admits it took him far longer than a week – 40 years to be exact – to mark them off his list.

Now as the endeavor gets into full swing, he insists his team will still have plenty of time to shower and sleep despite their intense schedule.

“Hygiene is a very important part of Rokerthon,” he jokes. “And sleeplessness will not be a part of this thing. When the plane starts rolling, I’m out.”

Today airs weekdays (7-11 a.m. ET) on NBC.

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