So it's finally happened - CW's planning (well, has planned and is finally getting around to posting about) a road trip. CW and his other half (whose father and stepmother both work for Southwest Airlines, so understand that this selling her on this was actually rather significant) will be hitting the road for a >2000mi. round trip from Chicago to Houston, leaving Feb. 2 and getting back the following Sunday. Stops along the way include: -Visiting CW's brother at college in Jacksonville, IL -St. Louis (quick stop for a bite and a rest) -Memphis (overnight on the way there) -Little Rock (visiting CW's uncle) -Hemphill (visiting other half's aunt & uncle, probably stay overnight) -And at least Memphis on the way back, other stops as needed. So... I seek advice from my fellow TUGgers on how to make this as positive an experience as possible. My other half is a big fan of air travel and hasn't had problems with TSA, and so we've had some pretty painful (to me, at least - I try not to speak for others) arguments over it in the past. My worst fear is that something will happen to ruin the trip and incentivize flying in the future. I've managed to stay on the ground since June 2010 and want to continue the trend as long as I can. Stating the obvious, but I really, really, seriously do NOT want to have to fly. I know many people here are opting for personal road travel now (as opposed to bus or rail), so...have you any suggestions for making the best of the trip? Considerations: -Car is a 2008 Subaru Legacy. Not tiny, but not super-duper spacious either. Have driven and ridden in it and it's generally comfortable. Already had it checked out by mechanic and the only major problem (bad front struts/shocks) is getting fixed as I type this now. -Have already thought about music and intend to burn several MP3CDs full of tunes for my shifts behind the wheel (she prefers to sample local radio stations for variety). -Am aiming to have at least $1K set aside for emergency expenses. Also have a $1K-limit CC in addition to this. -Treated myself to a new Canon Vixia HF M500 camcorder over the holidays so I can chronicle the trip on video. Also have a cig-lighter-to-AC adapter for charging gadgets (car battery is brand-new so load shouldn't be an issue). -Car is unmodified apart from new struts being comfort upgrades, so shouldn't have window-tint law problems or anything. Anything else I should be aware of? Attractions to see, scenery to look out for, notorious speed-trap locations (I have Trapster POIs loaded onto my GPS, so I should have at least some advance warning. Will probably update them a day or two before we leave), other stuff a Chicagoan should be aware of when going through MO, TN, AR and TX? Been to Houston a few times before so it's not completely alien to me, but will be doing more driving around the area than usual. Might make a day trip to San Antonio if we're feeling up to it. Would be happy to liveblog this as well, like I did for the rail trip to Philly, if you guys think it would be useful. Thanks, all!