Preparing for a road trip

My beta yesterday was zero, so that’s good. AF is nearly gone, and I feel like I am almost back to normal again. πŸ™‚

My appointment with the immune specialist, Dr. Kwak-Kim is Monday 4/23/12 at 9:00am in Illinois. It’s a 14-hr round trip from Ohio. My mom was going to come along, so we could use her nice, new car and trade off on driving. She backed out yesterday though. 😦 My car is fine, it’s just older and it worries me to take it so far. It’s our only vehicle, and it’s almost paid off. I would hate for something big to go wrong, us to get stranded, and then have to put a bunch of money into it. It’ll probably be fine though, and Andy will be with me.

So I’m trying to make sure we are totally prepared for long trip. I’m a planner and a worrier LOL. We’re leaving Sunday morning around 9:00am, will probably arrive in Illinois on Sunday evening, check into a hotel, get something to eat, get some sleep, go to my appt the next morning (they said it might take a couple hours), and then head home after that.

  • I’m getting a basic tune-up and oil change on Friday. They said they would check everything out for me and make sure it’s safe & road-ready.
  • We’ll have some cash on hand but mostly use our cards. Plenty of money for gas, food, hotel, etc.
  • I’m bringing a cooler with drinks/water and some snacks.
  • I know we have a jack, but I need to check for sure that we still have a spare tire.
  • Gotta have good music. πŸ™‚
  • And then anything we’ll need for about a day and half.
  • Maybe a first aid kit, emergency supplies, or other stuff?? Ideas?

What kind of fun games do you play, or are there other things you do to stay occupied on road trips? πŸ™‚ They can be fun, but 14 hours is a long time to be cooped up with anyone in a car. I hope we don’t get snippy with each other!



11 thoughts on “Preparing for a road trip

  1. I agree about music and audio books.

    About your spare tire, be sure to check the air pressure! The last time I needed mine, it had no pressure at all. Luckily, I wasn’t too far from a gas station, and I was able to get a ride there with the tire to get some air.

  2. Audiobooks! Your local library should have plenty to choose from. Snacks are a GREAT idea, and don’t forget to bring your own travel coffee mugs so you can avoid the gross styrofoam when you buy coffee! πŸ™‚ GPS? Do you have/need a GPS? I even like to pack lunch we so we can eat at rest areas instead of fast food – much nicer. Have a good trip!

  3. I second the suggestion on audio books – makes the time go by quickly! Hope you have a fun and safe trip! And good luck with your appointment!!!

  4. audio book like everyone else above. we go to the library and one when we go on road trips. i hope everything goes well. i will be thinking about ya! have a fun road trip to

  5. Yep to the books . .. Or better . .. NPR . . .or better . . Do you get “the history of new music” on the radio there, with Alan Cross? I could listen forever. Seems like something you’d totally get into and love. Download or find it somewhere!

  6. I love road trips and I’m also a planner. Here are some things I never leave without: Hand sanitizing wipes, paper towels, a bath towel for each of us (either the hotel towels suck or it rains), double check for car chargers for phones, a flashlight, my camera, meds (daily meds plus an antihistamine if we’re driving to a different area with new and exciting pollen and some pepto type stuff), sunglasses, sunscreen (I’m really pale so I either get my right or left arm burned depending on who’s driving)… I think that’s everything but the kitchen sink. πŸ™‚

  7. Wow… that’s a long trip !! How about an audio book… or two ? I love catching up on books while I’m driving… and podcasts :)) Goid luck for your appt… thinking of you. Hope good news is to come and lovely to hear that you’re doing ok xoxo

  8. Having lived in some of the remotest areas of Australia for most of my life I’m a bit of a road trip veteran. I’d agree with everything everyone’s mentioned already, but would also include a light blanket & pillow, easy to slip on/off shoes & this might sound a bit odd, but I’d take a couple of rolls of toilet paper. Service station restrooms always have the worst paper, and sometimes hotels aren’t much better. Enjoy the trip & good luck with the specialist πŸ™‚

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