In August I’m packing up the Prius and I’m heading out on a road trip from Chicago to Maine with my sidekick, David. (I know, same name as me, it can be confusing.)
Since we’ll be spending a lot of time in the car I want to make it as comfortable as possible. Why not, right? I did a little search online for some things that I thought would be useful and I came across all sorts of interesting items. I could use your help deciding between some of the options, okay?
Car Seat Covers:
(Help me decide.)
(These are a given.)
I kind of am.
Seat Belt Cushions:
Road trips mean long days of driving, maybe as much as 8 to 10 hours, so it might be a good idea to have a bit of extra padding on the seat belts. I came across these. What do you think? Too bougie? But then again, they aren’t Swarovski…that would be really overdoing it!
And Speaking of Overdoing it:
(Even I’m going to say this is a bit much!)
I can’t tell what kind of a car this lady is in but I’m guessing it’s pretty expensive, I mean, she’s obviously heading out to a tennis match with a friend so she must have some money and I’d guess a decent career. Don’t you think high-end cars would have enough padding in their arm rests? Why did she need to go out and get this extra cushion? Same with the neck rest. If I were her I wouldn’t be smiling so much. I’d be frowning, thinking, “Gosh, I think I overpaid for this car. The seats aren’t so comfortable after-all.”
And what’s with her bangs? She’s never going to be able to take that visor off, they’ll be sticking straight up.
I Heard it Gets Cold in Maine at Night:
(I think I should invest in one of these.)
They’re heated blankets that plug into the car cigarette lighter. A pretty good idea I think, especially if I decide to do a stake-out at some point on the road trip. Kind of like the Hardy Boys. I loved reading their adventures when I was a kid, and now that I think of it, weren’t they from Maine? Hmmm, it was somewhere on the East Coast.
Of course, I’d have to opt for the camouflage pattern. The thing about stake-outs is you need to drink endless cups of coffee and eat all sorts of crap while you sit there all night long watching the comings and goings at the roadhouse, or wherever you are. Spills are bound to happen so you want something that’s not going to show the jelly donut or nacho cheese stains.
We All Need Angels:
(Especially if we are still afraid of the dark.)
I’m not religious, but who doesn’t love a light-up angel? Of course, I won’t be able to have her “comforting glow bathe me in a warm light” if I do choose to go on a stake-out…I’d be too noticeable. The blanket would be occupying the cigarette lighter at that point anyway.
The Trouble with Garbage, Solved:
(A stylish solution, no?)
It’s amazing how much garbage you can create on a road trip. This would be a step above hanging a plastic grocery bag on the back of the seat. Do you think it clashes with the Tinkerbell car seats though? Maybe this would be better with the Ed Hardy ones. If I go with Tink, I’ll have to see if there is another pattern.
They did have a plain black one, but that’s boring and also, black absorbs the heat. Just imagine what the car would smell like after it’s been sitting out in the sun while David and I are taking our time enjoying our Lobster Rolls in some diner. All that garbage stewing away in the heat. Ugh. Best to stick with this lighter pattern, and damn coordination!
Writing on the Road:
(I should get this, right?)
Look, it holds an iPad, has a writing surface (WITH…A…CLIPBOARD), holds important files and I think even has a pencil holder! How can I not get it?
I wonder if it works in the back seat too? It would be a little rude for me to force David into the back just because I wanted to do a little blogging or tax preparation and needed to set up my work station in the front. Plus, it would probably frustrate him that we were just sitting in a parking lot or off on the side of the road somewhere, not going anywhere, while I worked. I mean, it wouldn’t exactly be safe for me to be driving AND utilizing all of the sweet features. We’d have to be stationary.
The Coffee Dilemma, Solved:
(I drink a lot of coffee!)
It’s an electric kettle that plugs into your cigarette lighter! That, along with a hefty supply of Starbucks Via instant coffee, means I’d be set for many hours of driving without having to stop at a convenience store or gas station. Have you tasted the crap that they try to pass of as coffee in gas stations? Nasty.
I don’t like drinking my coffee black though so I’ll have to
steal stock up on those little creamers every morning at breakfast.
Getting My Point Across:
(And believe me, I’ve got stuff to say to you!)
This has to be one of the best accessories that I have come across. How many times have you wished that you had a sign you could hold up to tell crappy drivers on the road what you really thought of them? Well, now you can flash them a digital message as you leave them in the dust.
It has lots of emoticons and a few choice words and phrases. Nothing too vulgar. I think my favorite is the simple “Idiot”, I’d use that one a lot. I kind of wish they had one that just said “Dick” though. I’d use that more than ‘Idiot”.
The Obligatory Antenna Toppers:
(You can help me choose this one too.)
First off, I couldn’t find a lobster topper and that would really be my first choice for this road trip. I’m sure once we head into Maine it won’t be difficult to find one and I can switch, but until then…
I thought the patriotic hat might be a good choice since we are doing a road trip in the US. I’m pretty patriotic myself if I must say so. I vote all the time. Maine is a pretty conservative state, so I’m sure the Mainiacs will appreciate it too. And yes, that is an appropriate name for them.
But then… I came across the Fireman. Come on…who wouldn’t want one of them gripping your pole?
Personalized Window Graphics:
(I’m still on the fence about these.)
What do you think? Too much?
I love the fact that the graphic on the first one is called “Sophie at the Beach”. Sophie is such an uncommon name these days in the US. The only Sophie I ever knew was my great Aunt; my grandfather’s sister. I remember she had a fondness for coffee cakes. She looked nothing like this lady.
By the way, why is Sophie dousing herself with water from a shell? If she’s that hot she has a huge ocean behind her to cool off in. I don’t get it.
The Final Item:
(I’m really going to need this!)
After pimping out the Prius we are going to have a lot of swag that might draw some attention from the criminal element. I think it might be a good idea to get this seat back gun rack, even if I don’t own a rifle. If anyone is tempted to rob us, while the car is sitting in a parking lot, maybe they’ll see it and be dissuaded. They might worry that the crazy person who owns the car might be on their way back any minute with their rifle in hand. I know I’d be worried.
Also, as a bonus, it would be perfect for holding a loaf of French bread when we go picnicking!
So those are a few things that I’m considering buying to help pimp out the Prius. What do you think? Do you know of something else that I might have missed? Let me know.
A Couple of Disclaimers:
- I do not have an affiliation with any company that has a product mentioned in this post, and I am in no way endorsing any of these items, just talking about them. Do you really think a company would accept me in their affiliate program? I highly doubt it.
- That’s not really our Prius in the photo. I was too lazy to go out and wash it and take a photo so I found this one one the internet instead.