Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Surviving a Road Trip

Since we’ve been taking oh so many road trips lately, I’ll let you know what’s been helping us get through the long hours in the car.

1) A whole pizza. We buy a huge one from Costco for $10, and it lasts us 3-4 meals. I wrap two slices together in aluminum foil (because there are just two of us) and keep all the little packets in a cooler on the backseat. Pizza is great because it can be eaten hot or cold, it’s easy to eat with one hand while driving, and we can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Plus it's cheaper than fast food and you don't need to make an extra stop.

2) Oatmeal cookies. They’re very easy snacks that hold up well for days, are high in fiber which is good for keeping you full in the likely event that you’re having irregular mealtimes, and you can eat them for breakfast in a pinch. (I particularly like oatmeal chocolate chip or oatmeal craisin.)

3) Cans of diet cola. My husband is a reformed diet cola addict, but we indulge on road trips because the caffeine helps to keep us awake. Also kept in the cooler.

4) A whole gallon of water and plastic cups or stainless steel water bottle. No more paying for expensive bottles of water.

5) Grapes washed and picked from the stem stored in Tupperware in the cooler. More easy nibbles.

6) Audio books procured from the library.

7) Books or magazines and a book light.

8) Pillow

9) Eye mask and ear plugs. Helps the passenger catch some sleep before his/her next shift behind the wheel.

10) We often bring a portable DVD player and a small selection of movies, but we haven’t been using it at all lately. I keep all the books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, DVD player, etc. together in a cavas shopping bag called the "entertainment bag" within easy reach on the backseat too.

11) Air pressure gauge. Keeping your tires properly inflated will help you get better gas mileage. The gauges at the gas station are often inaccurate.

12) While I won’t publicly admit to doing anything illegal, I would like to note that if one were to drive 10 mph over the speed limit, he could shave approximately two whole hours off of a twelve hour drive.

Keeping road trips as stress-free, convenient, inexpensive, and short as possible works for me.


  1. You are the person I want to be with in an emergency. Love the prep!

  2. Great list, I never thought of bringing a cooked pizza - that is so going with us next time!

  3. I love the idea of a pizza - we're always stopping for fast food which takes time and money. Great idea!

  4. Oh, this is a great list! We have a LONG road trip coming up for the holidays, so I'm definitely going to keep in mind some of these ideas.


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