Road Trip!

November 24th, 2009 • Kate

RoadTrip-main_FullRexroth and I are hitting the road early tomorrow, joining the probably millions of people heading somewhere special for the first of the holidays. I’ve got my Kindle charged and ready, with my iPod stocked with a couple of new audiobooks and a bunch of tunes for driving long stretches of boringness (Nebraska). We have a cooler for snacks, the puppies and a blanket or two for warmth, and a camera to commemorate the trip.

What are you must-have necessities for a road trip? Can you read in the car? I can, but it always felt rude to me, so I rarely do, especially not when I’m the only passenger. Then it’s my job to entertain the driver!

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10 Responses to “Road Trip!”

  1. Joe Iriarte Says:

    I used to be able to read in the car. Now I can only do it for so long. 🙁 It hardly matters, though, since I'm always the driver.

    When we bring the kids, then the must-have is the DVD player for the back seats. And then I need tons of junk food, because I'm not allowed to pump my music through the stereo at full volume. When I'm alone, then it's my MP3 player (i.e., my phone) and the adapter to plug it into the car stereo.

  2. Karen Says:

    When I drive alone I MUST have a audio book and lots of CD's. I need some peanut M&M's and a few bottles of water too. If I'm not alone, especially if my mother and stepdad are in front and I'm in the backseat with my sister, then I'll read a book. My last road trip was a few weeks ago in Delaware and I finished reading Catching Fire. I love when a book has me gripped so tight that I drag it everywhere with me–especially to the outlet malls because I HATE shopping! I know, I'm SO not a girl when it comes to that-lol.

    Have a great time, Kate and drive safely!

  3. Tzalaran Says:

    i've lived in Nebraska most of my life, and it is only a boring drive if you are following interstate 80. The northeast, northwest, and southeast parts of the state are pretty interesting. Maybe i just have a strange sense of serenity though… (i'll admit that from Lincoln to North Platte on 80 is the most boring stretch of road i've ever seen)

    necessities are music player, at least one good book, and in the past few years i've gone everywhere with a printout of my novel for editing. If the driver is wanting to talk, i won't read, but most of the time i'm driving so i just turn up the tunes and let my mind focus on the road. The boys have their DS games and usually bring a few books and drawing stuff. my wife has the camera, and she brings her series of the week, and we sing along with the music and watch the miles go by.

    Stay safe and have fun on your trip!

  4. Mandy Says:

    I'm joining the masses tomorrow as well. My ipod is stocked with musicals, the best traveling companion ever. I like audiobooks, but after a while they make me sleepy. Musicals give you the awesomeness of a story plus you can sing along at the top of your lungs to keep yourself awake. It's a win win.

  5. amy sue nathan Says:

    I like to listen to news or talk radio in the car when driving with kids — then it's another adult voice! I am flying tomorrow, going away for 3 1/2 days and taking 4 books and an iPhone stocked with my newest audio book which is 38 hours of listening pleasure.

  6. Stina Says:

    I'm really bad for reading books on long trips while my husband drives. He doesn't seem care. At least he hasn't complained about it. On the bright side, my kids have all realized the benefits of reading while we drive. They also know I'll buy them some books just to keep them occupied. A win-win situation for everyone (including the authors).

  7. Kristi Says:

    Sure I could read in the car – if people didn't mind my vomiting all over the place. Hence why I use audio books 🙂

  8. Kerrie Flanagan Says:

    I like to listen to an audio book or I upload recent NPR shows like, This American Life and Wait, Wait, Don't tell me and we catch up on those.

  9. Amanda Says:

    No holiday driving for me. But a few years back a friend and I used to drive places frequently – to the city to see a play, to the city to see a movie – and since the drive was usually at least an hour or two we'd bring a book, and whoever WASN'T driving would read aloud to the one who WAS.

  10. Jenny Says:

    I wish everyone knew the passenger rule:) Happy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful trip!