1. Stock your sleep time: Get at least seven hours of sleep for two consecutive nights before the road trip to build up your energy reserves. “Also, try to avoid driving between 1 and 3 p.m., when the body’s temperature is lower and people are naturally drowsy.
2. Fuel up: Good food for you, not the car. Carrying along a variety of vitamin-packed, healthy foods will allow you to get by on smaller snacks throughout the long drive, while skipping the fast-food stops. One blogger says almonds and carrots, two of my favorite (because you have to chew a lot!!)
3. Stay hydrated: Keep the water supply well-stocked for maximum energy. (Although frequent stops will need to happen—read on)
4. Plan your stops: One of the most crucial tips for long road trips is to get out of your car and stretch your legs every two hours or so, our experts suggest.
5. Chew gum: The repetitive process increases circulation and alertness. Don’t need the sugary kind either. (I’d rather crunch on carrots)
6. Use good scents: Believe it or not Peppermint is a great smell to have in your car. When you feel you need a boost, take a sniff. “It’s a pleasant, all-natural pick-me-up that has been shown to reduce fatigue and increase alertness..
7. Sit up straight: Make sure your seat is adjusted properly for your body, tilted for maximum blood flow.
8. Keep passengers entertained :Long drives—especially with kids—can often lead to nit-picking. Plan fun things for the kids to do
9. Treat yourself to some sounds :Books on tape help keep the brain active, without creating a dangerous distraction. Listening to something funny, laughter will keep you awake.