What to bring on a LOOOOOOONG roadtrip...

on Jun 24, 2008 @ 07:47 pm

Any suggestions on what to bring with you on a long long roadtrip to a) stay awake and b) not go insane? When I say long road trip I mean 36 hours of driving or more....

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Music on Jun 24, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

Good tunes are a must!!! Especially if you are driving alone! Music that you can sing along with at the top of your lungs just because you can! :) I do this driving around the city... I get a few strange looks from other drivers that catch me singing and dancing at a red light! But I don't care. :)

Satellite Radio is really good. There is so much selection and when you get bored of music you can go to one of the comedy stations. Some of them are really funny!

Comfort items on Jun 25, 2008 @ 06:07 am

The longest I've been on the road is about 18 hours and that was tough. Can't imagine you doing 36 hours, tha's crazy!! ;)

I'd bring a good pillow in case you need to stop for a quick nap during the day. Also, a small cushion for back support because you are probably going to be sore and tired. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. A blanket. A couple of books/magazines (if you can read and you are not driving).

Make sure your cell phone is charged and ready to go. Maps.

Lots and lots of snacks and munchies!! :D

I hope you have a good trip!

book on CD on Jun 25, 2008 @ 10:16 am

We usually take out a few good books on CD from the library when we're on the road. We don't usually buy them because you probably won't listen to it again, but you could also pick up something from eBay (or, sell yours when you're done).

Thanks Ladies! on Jun 25, 2008 @ 02:16 pm

Good advice on the audio book thing! I would have never thought of that...
Satellite radio and comfy back support are also good calls! Thanks!

madlibs on Jun 25, 2008 @ 09:35 pm

Are you traveling w/ a friend? If so, engage the driver w/ some madlibs. They can do the same for you when its your turn to drive.

If you're going solo, a library book on cd is the way to go. Its way more engaging than music. Music is good for a while, but it can only take you so far.

Where ya going for 36 hours? 4 years ago I drove from Indiana to California (~33 hours straight through).

Fully charged ipod on Jun 25, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

Obviously would be a fully charged ipod, with a pair of good sound isolation headphone. I would suggest the Panasonic RP-HTX7 which is being sold at the walmart around my house. The ipod would be loaded with free podcasts.

breaks? on Aug 18, 2008 @ 07:42 am

What are your thoughts on how long someone should go without stopping when doing a long roadtrip? Turns out the roadtrip I am going to be doing in less than a month is over 50 hours of driving. I am not 21 anymore so I will be stopping and sleeping at night... I am trying to estimate how many stops I should be making so I can guess how long it will take me to get to my destination. I am planning on doing the drive in 15 hours chunks I think...

Feisty Redhead
pit stops on Aug 18, 2008 @ 11:24 am

I dunno, to me spending 15 hours in the car before stopping sounds like WAY too long. But everybody's different and everybody can handle different lengths of time behind the wheel before they need a break. I personally like to have a stop somewhere every 3-4 hours at the most. Even if you only stop for 5 minutes to get out and stretch and walk around a little it's going to be beneficial. 15 hours in the car (whether you're the one driving or just a passenger) is a long time for your muscles to get stiff and cramp. You don't have to make all your breaks long ones; just long enough to relieve your muscles and give yourself a little bit of a rest from driving/being in the car.

full day on Aug 19, 2008 @ 06:45 pm

I've driven across the USA twice now. I would stop during the day to refuel both the car and me. Most cars get ~400 miles to the tank (highway miles). That's a stop every 5-6 hours. And these stops, like Feisty describes, are pit stops. I think 15 hour days is a good goal. I would go b/t 800 and 1000 miles in a day. That's about 12-15 hour days. That will get you to your destination in 3-4 days. I did Indiana to California in 4 days. And I've driven Florida to California in 5 days.

I guess I think of it as a full days work. Put in 12+ hours in the car driving, and then decompress and rest at a hotel along the way.

Random List on Aug 20, 2008 @ 05:51 pm

- Crossword puzzles
- CD's with stand-up comedy acts
- Camera
- Journal (used to write down thoughts or you guys could write a hilarious story together about objects/people that you pass/meet)
- iPod
- Snacks
- Play 'I Spy' (ridiculous but takes up a good 30 minutes)
- Magazines with hilarious quizzes
- 'All About Me' book (you guys could fill them out for one another, take turns asking questions about the other person and documenting)

Hopefully that helps a bit!!

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