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I need to stay awake driving, ideas?

I will be going on a little road trip at the end of next month and need to stay awake driving for about 19 hours 22 mins straight. How do you guys/gals stay awake on super long road trips? I need some ideas (lets assume that I will not be using any “substances”)

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Caffeine, Sugar, 5 Hour Energy Drink, open the window every now and then, stop at the rest area and RUN.... alternate, repeat.

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I will be going on a little road trip at the end of next month and need to stay awake driving for about 19 hours 22 mins straight. How do you guys/gals stay awake on super long road trips? I need some ideas (lets assume that I will not be using any “substances”)
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Caffeine, Sugar, 5 Hour Energy Drink, open the window every now and then, stop at the rest area and RUN.... alternate, repeat.
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Replan and sleep/rest if necessary.

Bank A LOT of sleep before hand, keep your carbs up and your water intake.

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What time are you leaving?

It's all in your head. I left Daytona, FL one time at dinner for VA, and arrived at 6am with the sun coming up. Couple pit stops for Mt. Dew and Yellow Jackets. Music is one thing, and talking to friends on the phone helps. Stop when you get real drowsy and walk around and stretch. Stretch while driving, open your window, etc.

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Have a passenger that likes to conversate about politics.






Longest i've driven was 5-6 hours, i stayed awake cause i had 3 rowdy passengers that wouldn't SHUT THE FUCK UP!

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lol..adderall ftw!


in all seriousness though, if you do start to feel sleepy at the wheel, just stop and powernap!! not worth the risk, i had to do that when i came back from putnam after riding 6 hours there, 3 hours at the track and 6 hours back (left at midnight the night before the event)...falling asleep when riding a bike is scary!! (but you'll be driving a car i'm guessing..?)

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Drove from Chicago to Naples, FL straight through a few months ago. Having a passenger was a big help and also what Wink said about exercising at gas fill ups. Big help getting the energy up.

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These things work for me up to a point. After that. My body just needs rest. It can be 20 below, with the windows down. I can slam red bulls or other energy drinks. I just need the rest.

Sometimes snacking works well for me. Gummy bears or something hard to digest. Keeps the stomach busy and blood flowing.

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rotate drivers and sleep. sleep is the only thing man, if your driving alone.. your a danger to everyone on the road.. you might as well be drunk.

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Agreed. I drove the whole way but my passenger was a great help for conversation and to make sure I didn't fall asleep or do something dangerous. Slept like a mofo though once I got there. Totally screwed my sleep schedule though for the next few days.

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rotate drivers and sleep. sleep is the only thing man, if your driving alone.. your a danger to everyone on the road.. you might as well be drunk.

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Caffeine, Sugar, 5 Hour Energy Drink, open the window every now and then, stop at the rest area and RUN.... alternate, repeat.
I am considering staying hydrated and well fed but not overeating but from what I've read, the high caffeine/sugar drinks give you a "high" for a period of time but than you crash. I do like the get out and run 4 a bit idea.

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Keep the windows down
That'll depend on the weather and that has some limits to how awake it'll keep you after so many hrs of driving

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What time are you leaving?

It's all in your head. I left Daytona, FL one time at dinner for VA, and arrived at 6am with the sun coming up. Couple pit stops for Mt. Dew and Yellow Jackets. Music is one thing, and talking to friends on the phone helps. Stop when you get real drowsy and walk around and stretch. Stretch while driving, open your window, etc.
I'll be leaving at either 5pm or 10pm (TBD). Heading South East for a couple of days.

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Longest i've driven was 5-6 hours, i stayed awake cause i had 3 rowdy passengers that wouldn't SHUT THE FUCK UP!
I won't have that going on (Thankfully )

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lol..adderall ftw!


in all seriousness though, if you do start to feel sleepy at the wheel, just stop and powernap!! not worth the risk, i had to do that when i came back from putnam after riding 6 hours there, 3 hours at the track and 6 hours back (left at midnight the night before the event)...falling asleep when riding a bike is scary!! (but you'll be driving a car i'm guessing..?)

Planning on some short powernaps. I'll be taking the car

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Eating thats your best friend stop and eat forget those power drinks.

5 years and 24 hour shifts with a max of 2 hours sleep. Window music and make sure you eat.

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I have a long drive to Bozeman, MT this Saturday for a little R&R. It's a 20 hr. drive but I broke it up into 2 days so I only have to drive in daylight. Driving in daylight helps me a lot, gives me something to look at besides pitch black night. See if you can two stints, maybe there is something you may want to see on the way. For instance I'll be stopping at Mt. Rushmore and taking a little side trip through Yellow Stone. It adds to the drive but greatly improves the driving experience.

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Planning on some short powernaps. I'll be taking the car
That's your ticket right there. I've stopped for a night when I was going from Denver to Southern Virginia, in WV. Actually, a decent place, but I passed a few rest stops that didn't look very friendly.

Sleep if you really need it, taking a sleeping passenger is worthless, same thing as driving alone!
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Stop about every 2 hours and stretch. That helps tremendously.

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I've done countless trips and what everyone is saying is perfect. One of the more recent ones I left around 7:30pm after a long day of work and it was the worst idea ever. I was alone with a 12 hours trip ahead of me. I was tired by 11:00 and I was exhausted by 2:00. I took a nodoz every chance I could and stopped every couple hundred miles to stretch and grab a snack bar. I stayed on the phone and kept my mind busy with music and audiobooks.

There is a pit of despair though right around the 3:45-5:00 mark. If you can make it to the sun coming up you're good. For whatever reason once I see the sun come up I can stay awake another 10 hours no sweat.

Oh and moparr is right... it's probably worse than driving drunk because it consistently gets worse as you go along. When I feel like I'm in a grapple fight with my eyelids I pull over lock the doors and take a 15-30 minute nap.

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Caffeine makes me jittery so I drink 5 hour energy instead which can make you jittery as well but for me not as much as caffeine. I kinda do like Wink and jog a little everytime I fill up for gas/bathroom stop. Be efficient by stopping only when you absolutely have to and you'll decrease your travel time. If you make a stop it can add at least 15-20 mins off your travel time.
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I'm a road driver. I don't use the energy drinks because they cause you to crash too soon. A slow, steady stream of coffee, crack the window and, very importantly, snacks and chewing gum will keep you going. Upbeat music on the player. NO sleepy time songs. Talk radio helps sometimes since it keeps your mind active. When you feel the tug on your eyelids, pull over and nap for about 15 minutes. It'll refresh you to the point where you can go for a couple more hours.

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I've done a few of these 20 hours drives and I'll never do it again. I drive to chicago every xmas, and most of the time its just me and my dog. I always drive 11-12 hours the first day, and 8 on the second. Breaking it up like that helps. It's har dto go straight through because driving in the dark is just bad-- it's not just another 8 hours; it's another 8 dark hours, and your body wants to sleep when it's dark.
I suggest getting a hotel; it's not hard to find a sleazy super 8 for about $40. It's worth it.

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First try to leave in such a way that you catch more light then night, and instead of using caffeine try to get some adderall, you want the XR and probably 15-20mg if you never used it before. Adderall is serious shit so you better be healthy. It will keep you up for much longer then caffeine (at least 10 hours) and won't make you jittery.

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