14 August 2012

Road Trip Help

Hello amigos!!  I'm going on a road trip next week- woot! Love me some road trip!  I haven't done one quite this long since I graduated from high school all those many years ago...  

Any advice on the following would be greatly welcomed!  Because we're talking over 15 hours in the car each day, people.  

-Suggested audiobooks? (I'm thinking Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, or something similarly light-hearted.  Any reviews?  Or something else entirely?)
-Must-have music on a playlist
-Ways to stay entertained
-Ways to stay energized
-Non-junk foods that will keep me from crashing
-Any other general tips

6 comments:

Mike Lemon said...

I would suggest any Steve Martin audiobook, read by the author. Hilary and I listened to The Pleasure of My Company going to Lake Powell, and it kept us laughing the whole way down.

Camille said...

Good suggestion, Mike!!
*Don't let this stop other people from suggesting!*

Karly Megan said...

I really enjoyed "Stiff" by Mary Roach. It will keep you laughing (surprisingly) through the whole thing, and you will be learning the whole time :)

Lisa said...

Road trips are rough... I have no help to offer... Are you visiting me in Utah?

Jourdan said...

I feel like I should apologise every time I read "over 15 hours a day".

parkermoffat said...

I'm going to have to interject here. Having crossed the country solo twice, and with a blushing bride once, all in the last 3 years, I think I have a little perspective on this. First of all, I-80 is much more boring than I-70. Colorado > Wyoming. Nuff said on that. Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" is amazing. I actually haven't finished it yet, but I've read most of it (over the past several years, haha) and loved it. Not necessarily light-hearted, but a phenomenal book. If you want light-hearted, try "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams. It's one of my all-time favorites. Also worthy of consideration is the Ender's Game series by (Brother) Orson Scott Card. As for music, you need some epic anthems to rock out to (Bohemian Rhapsody, Come Sail Away, Free Bird, Stairway to Heaven, More than a Feeling, Another Brick in the Wall), some dance songs (anything by deadmau5, but I'm a fan of the whole 4x4=12 album as well as Ghosts 'n Stuff and I Remember), and some classical music to make you feel civilized and enjoy the world around you. I like Mozart's Requiem--but if you just want some symphony instead of the operatics, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is good (Mozart), as is Sonata Pathetique by Beethoven. Entertained? License plate game, I Spy, making up stories as you each tell alternating sentences, etc. Energized? Senhor Red Bull and his compadres Rock Star and Monster (and Full Throttle, and Amp, and Nos, etc) have done well for me. You want to do what you can without resorting to them, but the breadbasket is pretty boring (and, from what I hear, pretty barren these days). Non-junk foods? Get real. You're on a transcontinental road trip. Splurge. Other tips? I would avoid one-eyed men named Rico Sanchez, and I'd park your car close to your hotel rooms, close to the light at gas stations, and DON'T SPEED. I know that sounds crazy coming from your convict brother, but seriously. Don't. If you want to go above the speed limit, at least be smart enough to not go too crazy, and follow someone who's already going that fast (and having someone who's not a cop behind you is an added bonus).

Have a safe trip! Love you!