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Summer is rapidly approaching, which means my family is gearing up for our next road trip. We prefer driving over flying because with six of us, it’s just more cost efficient. Driving long distances with small children isn’t easy, and we stop a lot during the day to sight-see and let the kids get their energy out. In order to make up lost time, we do the bigger chunks of driving at night while the kids sleep.
Driving on the highway at night is rough on the eyes. The monotony of street lights and the occasional passing car can be kind of hypnotizing. In order to keep myself awake, I rely on energy drinks. My first choice is 5-hour ENERGY® shots because it does the job without making me jittery, without causing a sugar crash, and without the need for frequent restroom stops which delay your trip even more.
If you’ve never heard of 5-hour ENERGY® shots before, they are a dietary supplement in the form of energy shots that contain a blend of B-vitamins, amino acids, and essential nutrients. There’s zero sugar, carbs, or herbal stimulants in them, and each bottle only has 4 calories! Each bottle contains caffeine comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee – you’re not overloading yourself with too much caffeine like some other energy drinks on the market. And, they’re an important part of my Summer Road Trip Survival Kit!
What’s in it?
- Ear Plugs – Not for the driver, but for when you’re the passenger. My husband and I switch off on driving, and when it’s his turn to drive I try to get a little rest. Earplugs are essential for drowning out some of the noisiness of a car full of kids!
- An Emergency Snack – Jerky has a pretty good shelf life, so it’s great for keeping in the car in case of a snack emergency. Sometimes when I’m driving late at night I get really hungry. The protein helps keep me going so we can get more miles in. Other acceptable snacks are protein bars, nuts, or dried fruit. Junk food can work too, but it doesn’t make you feel as good.
- Bandages – These are pretty much in every bag or kit I have. You never know when you’ll need a bandage.
- Wipes – When you’ve been on the road for a while you can start feeling kind of gross. Don’t underestimate the power of a good face wipe to help you feel more refreshed.
- Cash – I can’t tell you how important this one is. Cash can get you out of a sticky situation – like being stuck in the mud on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere and AAA won’t even help you.
- 5-hour ENERGY® shots – These little guys are the perfect size to fit in a small bag and will get you through even the most boring drive. I’ve even successfully driven through the night thanks to having one of these guys handy. #ThisIsMySecret to getting through any road trip.
If you stop by Walgreens you can find a new Cherry-flavored 5-hour ENERGY® shot. I love pretty much anything cherry-flavored so I couldn’t resist. Not only is it delicious, it supports a worthy cause. From May 1st through July 31st, 2014, five cents from the sale of every bottle of this limited-edition flavor will be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). Look for the red, white, and blue bottle! I don’t have any military members in my family, but I have many friends whose husbands are in the military, and I see some of what they go through. SOWF not only helps support the military’s special operations forces, they also help their families through college scholarships, family services, and financial stipends. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day holiday than to support a cause that in turn helps out the very people who make our continued independence possible.
While you’re there you can pick up the rest of the contents for your kit too. I got everything I needed – even the bag. You can use any bag, or even a small lunchbox. I couldn’t resist buying a shiny new cosmetic case to put all of my goodies in.
Some other ideas to put in your kit:
- Headache medicine
- Antacid/indigestion medicine
- A small flashlight
- Zip ties
- Duct Tape
- Floss or Gum
Anything you think would be useful in an emergency can go in your kit. Think MacGyver!
What would you put in your Road Trip Survival Kit? If you plan on making 5-hour ENERGY® part of your Summer fun, connect with them on Twitter for some other great ideas and share some of your own as well!