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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Road Trip

One of my alltime favorites is Turkey Jerky. It is tasty, keeps your mouth busy for a while, and it is healthy. I am also a fan of grapes, and smaller fruits that are healthy but don't prove to be as messy.

Maybe not a healthy habit but I usually enjoy a good cup of coffee on the road.

Monday, December 11, 2006, 11:19 PM

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Pick up some peanut butter crackers before you go or on the road. Unfortunately, part of the appeal of a road trip is "we get to eat out" and I think we all want to stop and eat to break up the routine.

I think the Subway is a great suggestion. Just look for the more healthy choices. I've seen more of them near highway exits.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 8:36 AM

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Thank you! Keep the ideas coming...

I can't travel with anyone, and I don't stop to eat: hence the snacking... I just drive straight through. Also, I don't overnight- it doesn't make sense for me, I just want to get home. I've done this before, but some of the ideas are really great... Thank you!

Any others?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 3:54 PM

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