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Road Trip Update

Being in the car with someone good looking helps! ;)

Being in the car with someone good looking helps! ūüėČ

So Jake and I are back from Florida and settling into non-vacation life. It is difficult to return to the land of the working after such a wonderful vacation! The road trip actually took us much longer than we had initially anticipated, just under 30 hours on the way there, and around 25 hours on the way back. I suppose it was easier on the way back because we knew where we were going and what to expect. Those who have read my previous post “How to Survive a 20+ Hour Road Trip” know that I had many ideas for what to do to make this trip manageable. Some worked, while others fell flat.

The Snacks

We had chosen a specific list of snacks and drinks for good reasons, like caffeine and ones that won’t wear us down. The snacks actually were perfect for the trip and did just as we had hoped! We didn’t have to stop or be tempted by gas station snacks or drinks. We did pack some salami to go with our cheese and crackers on the way home though, that really hit the spot. So I would really recommend our snack list to anyone taking a long trip.

Went through several states.

Went through several states.

The Activities

Mostly we just listened and sang to the radio/CD’s, or just talked and laughed. The scenery didn’t really change until southern Florida. It all just looked like highway. So we HAD to keep busy in the car. Jake and I actually loved the scavenger hunt game, and played it both ways! Jake won on the way there and I won the way back. It was the best activity, and we were both very competitive with it. The bets were also a lot of fun. Jake won 3 out of 4, all but the first one to complain. As far as games, we only played the ‘would you rather’ once, and that was it for the games. The scavenger hunt and singing were enough to keep us occupied most of the time, I guess because we liked the idea of winning something.

Rest Stop in Florida!

Rest Stop in Florida!

Stopping to switch drivers fairly frequently came in very handy, every couple of hours or so, depending on when the driver got tired. After around 14 hours or so of driving we did agree to take a 2 hour sleep break for some shut eye, then pressed on. Another way to really recharge after hours on the road was stopping for a real dinner. It was great to think about something other than driving, and look at something other than the road. We didn’t touch our laptop in the car at all, because of the glare, and it was kind of awkward trying to watch a movie in the car, so it wasn’t really practical. We did however, use it in the hotel. There was free wifi, so it was great to look up directions or things to do.

The drive started out pretty strong, with Jake and I pulling our weight equally driving. While we did have a lot of fun, after 15 hours of driving, it got really challenging. It was not easy, but it was worth it. So if you are planning a long drive like this, definitely go in with realistic expectations and planning ahead really helped. I hope these posts about my trip are helpful in your own planning process. If there is something specific you are curious about, or want to tell about your own road trip, please feel free to leave a comment.¬†And don’t worry, I will be writing more posts about my time in Florida!

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How to Survive a 20+ Hour Road Trip

Road Trip!

As many of my readers know, my husband Jake and I will be taking a very long road trip this week from Missouri to Florida. According to Google, this may take 20+ hours varying on how often we have to stop etc. To anyone who has ever been on a long trip of this nature, you know it can become dull very quickly. So how are we planning to fight the fatigue and the boredom? Preparation! Having some different options in mind beforehand and can be very beneficial. We specially chose our snacks and games for the trip for a variety of reasons. Mostly for energy and stamina, to help us get there as soon as possible!


We are packing several different snacks and drinks:

-Several Starbucks iced frappuccinos

-Half sized soda cans (we chose Mtn. Dew and Dr. Thunder)

-Small bottles of juice

-Bottled water

-Beef jerky

-Freeze dried fruit

-Cheese and crackers

-Granola bars

-Fresh fruit

We chose these drinks because of the caffeine first of all,¬†but also some other options for variety and to stay hydrated. Another thing we¬†kept in mind¬†was¬†smaller sizes on most of the drinks so that we (hopefully) won’t have to make as many bathroom breaks and there won’t be as much waste from not drinking all of it. We opted for healthier snacks so we don’t get bloated, which would make us more tired, and we don’t want to fill up on junk. We have a small foam cooler that will be in my trunk for easy access, and this way we aren’t stopping and spending extra money on drinks and snacks on the road.

road trip boredom busters


On a trip of this magnitude you need to have things to keep you busy! We tried to choose a variety so we don’t get bored too quickly. Plus switching on and off¬† with who has to¬†drive. So we looked up a few different games that we thought might actually play (no license plate games). Plus we didn’t want anything you had to buy, that had pieces, and had potential to keep us occupied for long stretches of time. These were our “boredom busters”:

-Scavenger hunt. We created a list of objects and people to keep an eye out for on the road, and the winner gets a predetermined prize of their choice. Jake chose a laptop bag for his prize, I chose a desk.¬†Some examples of what’s on our scavenger hunt: hot air balloon, Dog the Bounty Hunter look alike, World’s Largest (something). Whoever gets the most by Florida wins!

-‘Would you rather’ game. We have practiced with this one, and it gets pretty good! An example: ‘Would you rather have a glass eye, or dentures?’

-Bets. We have predetermined some bets and prizes. Like first to yawn, first to complain, first to swear. These have smaller prizes than the scavenger hunt.

-‘Two Truths and a Lie’ game. The name kind of explains this one.

-Music. Via radio or cd’s.

-Movies. The driver can’t watch them, but they can listen. We are bringing our laptop and some dvd’s.

-Audiobooks. I can’t read in the car due to motion sickness, so this is a good option.

-Stops to stretch occasionally and a few nap breaks! Hopefully this will help to keep us refreshed.

These are what we have planned to help with this extended road trip, along with the company of my sweetheart! We are both really looking forward to this time together for our first wedding anniversary. It is hard to fit in good quality time together with our hectic lives, so we really want to take this time to connect… That is assuming we don’t drive ourselves or each other mad before we reach Florida! PLEASE if you have some good pointers for this road trip, leave me a comment!! We need all the help we can get on this one! And if you have some fun road trip stories to share, feel free as well! If you are flying instead of driving for your next trip, check out my tips for jet lag here. Wish us luck my fellow travelers, and I’ll let you know how it went we get back. Bon voyage!

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