Hi, I am a college student and two of my friends (possibly 3) have decided to go down to Tempe Arizona for the insight bowl game on New Years Eve, where our gophers are playing. It was really short notice but I looked up as much information as I could- weather, maps, stops, gas prices, even the cell phone reception in areas. We are taking a honda accord- which gets great gas mileage, and it is rather spacious. We are getting the car looked at to make sure everything is good for the extended road trip. This option was the cheapest option for us. We are leaving on Sunday evening around 7ish hopefully at the latest. We figured the best route to take would be I-40 through texas instead of coming through denver on the way there. None of us have ever been in an extended car ride- maybe 6 hours maximum. We plan on driving straight through. Basically, I need any advice you can give us; did I miss something? Should I look for anything? What should I bring in the car? The basics I get- take a blanket, first aid kit, food, that sort of thing but I feel like I am missing something. I have read through many articles (the last two days have been dedicated to reasearch for this) and it appears that going through Albuquerque is going to be rather dangerous. Does anybody have any advice. We need to get to the Mesa area before Monday night- is this possible? What can we do to make it happen, other than leave early? Like I said any advice would help! Thanks, I really love this site!!