7 things you can do to survive an 11-hour Road-Trip: A Personal Testimony

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1. Nap

Make sure you get enough sleep, especially if you‘re on the road before 6 a.m.

2. Pack Snacks

This is probably the most important part of this trip. 
Make sure you’re keeping yourself energized, awake, and preventing family fights from turning into bloodbaths. The last bag of fruit snacks becomes a big deal, after sitting in the same spot for 6 hours. 
Pack a variety of foods. Salty, sweet, bland and flavorful.
I packed sandwiches, Capri-sun, soda, water, fruit snacks, fresh fruit, crackers, trail mix, and of course, coffee.

3. Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing

Don’t make the same mistake I did and by wearing leggings, I lost feeling in my calves in a few hours. I wore joggers coming back, a way better choice. This is the perfect time to wear an oversized t-shirt or roomy hoodie.

4. Pack a Charger, and an Adapter

Don’t leave the charger at home, this is even more important than snacks.
Unless you don’t mind your uncle’s non-stop 80’s or blaring techno at 5 a.m. or if you want to rely on a map instead of GPS.

5. Try to Make Multiple Stops

My mom hates making stops while driving. My uncle will take as many stops as possible. No matter how many stops you take, get out at every one, and go to the bathroom! Walk around, jog a lap, don’t let yourself get too stiff.


Just do it, and take them with you to the bathroom; just in case.

7) Exercise

When you reach your destination, engage in a form of exercise. Hit the gym, or the pool or follow my lead and roll out your yoga mat. Stretch out, and loosen up.