Brand New, Modest Mouse, Taking Back Sunday (4 songs tops), Slayer (2 songs), Tegan and Sara, Motion City Soundtrack, Straylight Run, any soundtrack or mix cd made in college, Mmmbop.
(No matter the cheese factor, sing-along music is a stay-awake must)
Doughnuts loaded up on at hometown bakery. Nothing compares. Nothing. Also: apples, bananas, and carrots for good energy (confession: health nut, apart from homemade pastries).
None! Don’t drink anything! Why would you make the trip take any longer than it already is?!
Topics of Conversation:
How much we’ve become like our parents, How much we differ from our parents, Who looks different/graduated/got married/had a baby–babies? Sucks to be them. Monsanto. Capitalism. American education. These are all acceptable.
License plate game, napping, reading aloud (so the driver knows why you keep laughing, of course), air drumming.
Good luck, and may the state of Nebraska never consume you.