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I do not rely on energy shots in my every day life. Usually, I have enough energy to do the regular super-mom job, but when it comes to our early morning family bike rides, I can use an extra kick. First and foremost, I am always surprised as to how much prep work it requires. When the kids were little, I would fill the trailer with toys and books to keep kiddos entertained. These days, things are a bit more complicated – kids are older and they have their own sets of pedals, their own protective gear, and their own set of nacks.
And just when I feel that my packing is almost over, this thought comes to mind: How about me? Had I once again forgotten about my beautiful self?
A few hours pedaling doesn’t seem like a big deal, but what makes it a challenge is that both me and my husband haul a trailer. The kids help pedaling… when they feel like it. All the other time – we are on our own.
What do I pack for my trip?
I found myself out of water more often than I want to and during the summer heat that often means severe dehydration. Drinking before you get thirsty is essential and if you run out of water on a hot day, you are asking for trouble. That is why I am putting an emergency bottle in my extra energy kit.
High Protein Snacks
Regardless how nutritious my breakfast might be, I sometimes find myself dreaming of a good sandwich just an hour later. However, since the woods don’t usually come with restaurants and cafes, I need snacks and back up snacks and back up to the back up snacks. Yes, it is that important.
5-hour ENERGY® shots
Not hungry and well hydrated, but still dreading the thought of pedaling? That is where the secret ingredient comes in handy: 5-hour ENERGY® shots. It doesn’t take up much room at all, but it is exactly what I need when all I want to do is sit on the bench and tell my husband to come back for me on his way back. With no sugar, only 4 calories, and as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, energy shots can keep going even when my inner self is using that nasty word “can’t” (especially pedaling up the hill).
This might not be something you think about, but one day you might need the back up for your sunglasses. Eye protection doesn’t just protect your eyes from the bright summer sun, but it also can save your eyes from dust, insects, and just about anything else nature might throw at you while you bike. If you don’t have an extra pair of sport sunglasses, consider throwing a pair of regular safety glasses into your extra energy kit.