Cross Country Drive Essentials
assuming you're not taking your time
I'm no trucker, but I've driven coast to coast enough times to be over the take-your-time, week-plus long roadtrip. At this point, I just want to get to the other side and fast. If you've got a lot of driving coming up and could care less about the roses, here's what you're gonna need:
1. Caffeine pills
People that haven't taken caffeine pills before tend to be a little wary of them -- popping one of these feels a little too much like taking drugs. Which is probably because caffeine is a drug, and an effective one at that.
When it's 3 AM on I-94 in the middle of North Dakota you'll be eating them by the handful and thankful for it.
2. Radio tuner
This only applies if your car is a P.O.S. like mine. Since you definitely don't want to be alone with your thoughts, being able to listen to music/podcasts/whatever to distract yourself from introspection is key.
This tuner in particular is a twofer in that you get the USB outlet as well, which leads us to...
5. Protein bars
Protein bars might not taste all that great, but they're probably better for you than chips or those weird packaged pastries they sell in gas stations and they definitely keep you full longer. I like Quest bars, mostly because of the laughably bad graphics on their wrappers. Get it together guys.
6. Energy drinks
While you should try to avoid drinking any fluids as much as possible so you don't have to stop, eventually you will need to rehydrate. The best option here is an energy drink of your choice since you'll get both caffeine and some carbs to even out all those protein bricks you've been downing.
8. Sleeping bag
You'll want this if you don't get the coolant like I suggested, or if you crap out early and and can only make it to Fargo and need to take a nap. And for those of you driving in the summer, don't underestimate Fargo -- you might want want to crawl into this mummy bag just to shield yourself from suburban dystopia.
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