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5 Tips for Being Comfortable during a Road Trip

A real, movie-style road trip is something few of us do more than a couple of times in our entire life. All the more reason to make them even more memorable. One thing you cannot pack into your car and have with you on the road is the comfort of your home. However, there are ways to make yourself feel like home everywhere your car takes you.

1 – Don’t rush your adventure

A mistake that so many road trip first-timers make is that once they have made a list of what they want to see and do, they fight to stick to it at the cost of personal comfort. Avoid creating expectations for your trip so you don’t end up chasing something that might not have been realistic in the first place. Instead, focus on what’s in front of you, enjoy the company of your co-traveler and give yourself time to fully appreciate everything that makes your day.

2 – Don’t neglect your nutrition

You won’t be able to have regular, home-cooked meals as you do at home, but that is still no excuse for not feeding yourself properly. Whenever you can stop to have a healthy, cooked meal at a restaurant so you keep your body well taken care of. Avoid excessive amounts of sugar or fat-loaded food and beverages, as they can only make you feel more tired. Moderation is key. It also goes without saying that you should keep your body hydrated at all times, so always have a bottle of water with you.

3 – Pack to suit your needs

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A trip is even better when we have our special treats with us and try to spoil ourselves as much as we can. As said, we can’t bring our home with us, but bits of it that provide us with extra comfort can follow us wherever we go. Some of us like to have our favorite songs with us, others enjoy pleasures like the seductive embrace of an early morning cigarette and a cup of coffee, or for those more health-conscious, the taste of an e-cigarette.

If you do have such habits, pack accordingly: make sure your ‘hedonist kit’ includes tasty snacks you don’t usually eat but still love, refill for your e-cigarette that you can get from the companies like E-Liquid Australia, coffee, good music, a good camera, cozy and comfortable clothes, favorite books, etc.

4 – Leave the stress at home

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We don’t even realize how much stress surrounds us until we try to step away from it. A road trip is definitely no time for such negativities, so make it one of your goals to leave it behind you when you lock the door. Pay no attention to your phone, social media, don’t call or write to ask about work, tell your friends and family to not contact you about minor daily issues but only in case of emergencies. More precisely, don’t bring your everyday life and its worries with you.

Another great way to reduce stress on the road is by planning at least some aspects of your trip ahead. Figure out your destinations in advance, in case you are going abroad, do research on transportation and traffic laws and regulations, be prepared for undesirable situations like illness or lost personal belongings. Careful planning will help you feel much more relaxed and will certainly ease any tension you may be feeling thinking about all the what-ifs.

5 – Don’t compromise your rest and sleep

Though you may be thinking that you will not feel like doing much sleeping during your trip, perhaps it would be wise to reconsider that decision. Especially if you are planning to be away from home for weeks, it is crucial that your sleep rhythm remains as intact as possible. However overwhelming the rush of adrenaline or excitement you might be experiencing, you need to bear in mind that an enormous amount of time you spend will be at the steering wheel.

Give your body a chance to rest and sleep so as to recover from the physical strain whenever you are feeling tired. Not only will you be keeping yourself safer and avoiding accidents on the road, but also keeping your mood boosted and allowing yourself to fully enjoy the trip.

In conclusion…

The concept of a road trip does not have to imply a lack of warmth and homely comfort simply because you’ll be on wheels. Bringing the simpler pleasures with you, as well as careful preparation may even end up making you feel like you don’t really wish to go back home.

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Leila Dorari

Leila Dorari is an entrepreneur and freelance writer from Sydney. She’s passionate about home improvement and living better lives by nurturing our surroundings. In her free time, you can find her window shopping or exploring new ways to make her life more meaningful.

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