I’m off to Texas for a weekend wedding and couldn’t be more excited! It was a last minute decision to continue with the trip despite all the school work piling on and I’m sure it will be a good decision. Ten years from now it won’t matter if the paper I wrote in 3 hours yesterday was a B+ or an -A, but the memories I make with family this weekend can last a lifetime.
1. Snacks: These are oh so vital! Ease and cleanliness are important, but I also find the balance between healthy and sweet is key. I am looking for something that makes me feel like I’m indulging without giving me the “I just ate a whole bag of candy and did nothing but sit in a car for 12 hours” feeling. Because you really aren’t burning almost anything in the car, keeping snacks light is probably a good idea. You’ll feel better about it too. Here are our top picks:
- chocolate covered almonds
- dried fruit (targets papaya, coconut, kiwi, and pineapple mix is to die for)
- yogurt covered pretzels
2. Audio: Yes, normally this means music, but don’t forget those audio books! When I was little we’d come to the states for two months every summer and sometimes that involved driving from New Hampshire, to Utah, to Texas. The only way my mom (and us four kids) survived was Harry Potter on CD. Find a page turner and those hours will go by so much faster! Here are the ones I’m getting for our drive to California at Christmas:
- Harry Potter (any, maybe all? 🙂
- Hunger Games (Ben hasn’t read them and it’ll be like watching a 12 hour movie in my head)
- Anything by Dan Brown or John Grisham
- 40 Questions to ask significant other
- 50 Questions to ask spouse
- 100 Questions to ask on a date night
- Alphabet game (we play on the same team): trying to find each letter of the alphabet on signs as you drive
- 20 Questions
- Geography: The first person says the name of a place (ie: New Hampshire) and the next person has to say the name of another place that starts with the letter the one before it ended with (ie: Ethiopia).