Ah, road trips. That wonderful mode of transportation that gets us to the homes of family and friends during the holidays. While some of us love travling more than others, we can all use some tips to help us survive them with the least amount of stress possible. These’re 7 tips to help you survive a road trip this holiday season.
1. Check, Check and Double Check
Nothing is worse than discovering you forgot something vitally important on a road trip. It can be helpful to make a list and mark things off as you pack them. Be especially careful to double check items you have to have such as glasses or medications. Chargers are another item easily left behind. Double checking your packing will set your mind at ease for the road trip ahead so you’re not stressing the entire way to your destination over what you may have forgotten.
2. Get a Good Night’s Sleep the Night before
Want a successful road trip? Get a good night’s sleep 🏨 the night before. If you’re going to be spending 6 hours in the car with your siblings that aren’t your friends on the best of days then starting the trip out exhausted is a recipe for disaster. Even if you’re traveling with your sweetie, you’re less likely to be crabby when you’re well rested. If you couldn’t sleep the night before because of excitement or nervousness then try to at least catch a nap on the way.
3. Dress Comfortably
What constitutes comfortable is going to be different for everyone but it’s always a more pleasant road trip if your outfit feels good. Some favorites I love to travel in are a tunic and leggings and maybe a scarf if it’s really cold. Jeans are not great for travel days! Think comfort and you’ll be a much happier camper. Save your dressier looks for the actual holiday festivities 🎇.
4. Pack Snacks
What’s a road trip without snacks 🍎 🍪? It’s always a good idea to pack a few snacks when you’re traveling. It could be a long distance before you find a restaurant everyone is in agreement on. Plus, snacks are just fun! They’re part of the whole road trip experience.
5. Lose Yourself in a Good Story
I love to read and a road trip means I can lose myself in a fabulously entertaining story for miles. So packing a book is a must! If you don’t know what to read ask your reader friends or simply check out the bestsellers. Some people can’t read while they travel because of motion sickness, though. If you’re one of those unfortunate people then download an audio book so you can still enjoy a good story.
6. Practice Kindness 😊
Road trips can be difficult. It’s easy to feel aggravated or impatient with trying circumstances or those you’re traveling with. Practicing kindness is a very wise decision here. Not only will you experience less stress when you’re kind but you’ll feel much better about yourself. All in all, it equals a better trip for everyone.
7. Two Words: Ear Buds
Whether you’re traveling by plane ✈, train 🚄, bus 🚌 or car 🚗, ear buds are your friend. Pop them in to tune out those around you. Even if you’re not in the mood to rock out to your favorite tunes, you can send the message that you’re not available for conversation. Stop an argument before it starts with this tactic. If nothing else, this buys you some time to yourself while in the midst of a group.
These’re 7 tips you need to survive a road trip during the holidays. Will you be traveling over the holidays? What’re your best road trip tips?