CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories



So, I'm thinking of driving home for christmas rather than flying... number of reasons but if the weather holds, I'm planning to. It's 10hours of driving so I always munch to keep myself alert. I'm planning to bring fruit & water, but what are some other snacks that can help?

(In the past, it was a pack of Pixie Stix... I'd like to improve so I don't get there with all the weight I've lost back on) :)

Fri. Dec 8, 9:16am

Add comment  
There is a gum that I love but is hard to find. Its called QUENCH. Its supposedly for athletes...although really its not that special haha. It has vitamins and potassium in it however and is supposed to help athletes performance....its very tasty and might help. Walgreens used to sell it but now i think its only available in sporting goods stores. google it and the website will tell you who carries it, its called Quench and the brand is Mueller.

Friday, December 08, 2006, 10:03 AM

Add comment
I'm always amazed at just how limited the restaurant options are in rural areas, and if I give in and have a greasy burger while traveling I always regret it. Luckily there are more and more Subways (or Quizmos or whatever) that are relatively healthy options. You could also bring clif bars, or a big smoothie. Maybe a hard-boiled egg or nuts or cheese sticks for protein. Or make it a challenge to find the healthiest food available at the gas station and get that (good luck). Drive carefully -- and don't forget to bring emergency gear in case of getting stuck or whatever.

Friday, December 08, 2006, 10:05 AM

Add comment
Oh my gosh... I love road trips... make them alllll the time, although normally under 8 hours! Anyway, some ideas for snacking would be:
- fruit (which you already said you were bringing) but for easy on the road snacking try preslicing anything that's possible such as apples and oranges and all that jazz.
- pretzels (separate them into a couple baggies by serving size and only bring a couple)
- animal crackers
- slim fast snack bars (i like the peanut butter crunch kind)
- nutragrain bars (remember to limit the amount you bring)
- pack yourself a little cooler (even a lunch bag) and put a sandwich or two in there
- baby carrots
- cherry tomatoes
- celery (if you like that)
- one of my favorites is to do a serving size of your favorite "i can eat this dry" cereal (i like cheerios) and put it into a baggie to snack on
- serving size bag of wheat thins
- put in a flavored water in case you get the urge to drink something with flavor to it

* Well, hopefully this helps you out a little bit... good luck on your road trip and enjoy every minute of it!


Friday, December 08, 2006, 11:41 AM

Add comment
you can go to the AAA website and look up the route your planning to take and locate restaurants on the way. you could call ahead before you arrive at the restaurant and order for take out. you can also look on mapquest for the names of the towns (sometimes road names) and find nearby eateries. have fun!

Friday, December 08, 2006, 12:39 PM

Add comment
beef jerkey and a drink. Since the meat is dehydrated, adding a little water makes you feel really full. We recently moved cross-country and my 3 yr old spent many satisified hours with a bag of jerkey.

Friday, December 08, 2006, 12:40 PM

Add comment
great ideas from above posters! also:

veggies and hummus or an olive tapanade
string cheese
water, water, water!
plain yogurt & frozen fruit

load up you ipod or bring lots of cds so you have good music to listen to-so you don't snack the whole time!!

Friday, December 08, 2006, 2:09 PM

Add comment
My Dad's trick for staying alert on long road trips was to always be holding a drink in his hand -- if he started to nod, the drink would fall in his lap and make a mess. So to avoid the mess, the drink was great motivation to pull into a rest area and get a little rest at the first sign of drowsiness.

Saturday, December 09, 2006, 3:52 PM

Add comment
I liked the previous posters idea for a non-food way to stay awake. What about taking some music with you, some tapes or DVDs that are lively and that you can sing along with. Can you find someone to travel at least part of the way with you too so that you have company? What about talking books or something like that that you can also listen to along the way? Or what about some short 10 minute planned stops to just get out of the car and look at some interesting things along the way - and also wake you up. Also, do you have any friends along the way that it might be fun to stop at their place for the night so you can recharge for the rest of your drive....Does anyone else have other non-food ideas?

Monday, December 11, 2006, 12:18 AM

Add comment
Great ideas from the other posters--a shortage of protein however. If you're like me, even eating fruit etc. w/out protien for that many hours is not a good idea. As well as the cheese sticks that somebody suggested, how about some hard boiled eggs? You would need a small cooler.


Monday, December 11, 2006, 2:14 PM

Add comment
I frequently take six hour drives to see my family out of state. Subway is the best food I can think of.
As far as staying awake goes, rent a book on cd from the library. Those make the trip go so fast. Get a few though, just in case one of them totally sucks!! :)

Monday, December 11, 2006, 10:27 PM

Add comment

Explore Related Articles
Weight Loss Motivation   Sustainable Weight Loss
Weight Lifting    Hypnosis and Weight Loss
Emotional Eating   Help Losing Weight
Free Weight Loss Program   Weight Watchers Points  NutriSystem
How To Change Anything

Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources


Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner


Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge