So first things first, road trips are my jam. Driving is one of my all-time favourite things to do. I can easily and happily sit in a car, driving for 10-12 hours a day and watch the world fly by. I love exploring new places and seeing scenery that I have never seen before. If I could just have all the money I needed all wrapped up and taken care of so that I could travel the world, I would absolutely do just that. If possible, I’d drive almost all of it as well.
One of the things I am most grateful for in my life is that my wife loves road trips just as much as I do. Big thanks to my in-laws who took her and her brother on so many road trips as children and doing such a good job at it. I love that her and I can sit in a car next to each other for 8 hours or less and it seems like a short trip! It doesn’t begin to feel like a full driving day until we reach 10 hours, and usually if we are approaching 12 hours, that’s when we feel like it’s been a long day.
I’m also blessed that I have an organized wife who loves to plan, and we have a general guideline for everywhere we go, which makes things so much less stressful. We know where we are going and roughly how long it will take to get there, and we aren’t left confused and searching for somewhere to sleep when we are already tired. I feel like that would lead to so many arguments. It’s better to plan in advance and avoid it altogether.
There are many things that make a road trip complete, and your answer might be good travelling companions, perfect music, sunny days, etc.
But for me, no road trip is complete without candy. Specifically Wine Gums.
I can’t explain why Wine Gums are the quintessential road trip candy for me, but they just are. They are delicious, they last a long time whether you choose to chew them or just suck on them, there’s a nice variety of flavours, and I am never happy unless I have some in the car for a road trip. To me, the first thought I have after “where are we going?” is “I need to go buy wine gums.”
But forget that for a second. Let’s talk candy in general. Candy is the obviously the first thing I want to snack on in the car for long trips, and while I know that at some point in my life I would gladly eat entire packages without thinking about it, this time after the huge changes in my life and losing 240 pounds, I have come to a decision.
I still need candy.
Why would I ever change my mind on this? It’s awesome, delicious, and sometimes I eat it for dinner. What I do now, however, is take note of how many pieces I eat, accurately count my calories, and budget the rest of my day accordingly. I no longer eat an entire package without thinking about it, and that’s the true life achievement in this scenario.
Because if you want me to road trip without wine gums, you’ll have to kill me and throw me in the back first. Don’t take away my candy.