Going on a long trip is a big undertaking, whether you’re a family with kids or a group of company executives. A lot of things have to be accounted for – tickets, money, itineraries, baggage, and more. These should be set once you’re in transit so that you can relax and enjoy the long trip. Other factors to determine include your role in the trip. Are you the driver or just a passenger? Will you be with kids, seniors, colleagues, or just you? Regardless, here are eight tips to get through a long trip.
Prepare Fuel For The Car
If you’re going to man the vehicle for a long drive ahead, make sure the car has enough fuel to reach the destination. You can go with a full tank if you’re not sure of the distance you need to cover. Traveling interstate might involve long highways without any gas stations in sight.
If you’re not in a rush, you can moderate your driving speed to save up on fuel consumption. Doing so can also help you relax and lessen the chances of getting into an accident. Not speeding can give you time to take in your surroundings and stay alert, especially if you have kids on board.
Get Enough Rest
Your car won’t be the only one that needs fueling before a long drive. You need to rest well so that you’ll have the energy and alertness for the trip ahead. It’s best to follow what health experts recommend, which is at least seven to nine hours of sleep.
Doing this should make you feel energized, which helps ward off fatigue during the long drive. Passengers benefit from this, but drivers do more so. You’ll need to be alert while you’re taking the wheel, which could be hindered if your eyes are drooping from lack of sleep.
Keep Yourself Cool And Hydrated
Quench your thirst and cool your body whenever necessary. Keeping your body hydrated helps cool it, which is important if you’re traveling somewhere hot. Getting dehydrated harms the body and could cause you to faint or worse, get heatstroke. Bring enough water supplies for you or your group if you’re traveling with many.
You can also find a spot or seat with air conditioning to keep your body cool. If you can open the windows, do so to let the breeze in. You can also bring a portable, battery-charged fan, many of which are available now for travel purposes. Wear breathable clothing that will help dry sweat quickly to not discomfort you.
Relieve Yourself When Necessary
As you keep your body hydrated, you will also need to get waste out of your system. Don’t hold it in even though you’re on a long trip, as this will only discomfort you further. If necessary, pause or let somebody else take over what you’re doing so you can go and relieve yourself.
For families with kids, you might need to find a place with a clean restroom during a long drive. Children shouldn’t be made to feel uncomfortable during travel, as this not only affects their health but everyone else’s moods as well. As long as everyone in the group has relieved themselves, then everyone can relax for the remainder of the trip.
Make Your Seat Comfortable
Passenger and drivers alike need comfortable seats to ensure relaxation or rest. An ideal seat would have ergonomic cushions that support proper sitting posture. This lets you relax and get some quick naps. You can use sleep masks for this to protect your eyes from bright light. You can also use earbuds to zone out the noise.
An uncomfortable seat not only leads to poor posture but also stresses the person for the duration of the trip. This could affect how he or she interacts with others in the traveling group in a way that ruins the enjoyment of the trip.
Listen To Music Or Podcasts
Don’t tire your eyes by watching videos or looking at your social media feed while in transit. This isn’t recommended when you’re in a moving car or train because your eyes could get strained from focusing between your gadget and the road ahead. This distracts you from driving properly as well.
An alternative would be to listen to music or podcasts. This lets you keep fatigue at bay and enjoy your favorite songs or conversations. You can listen to the media on your own or with the group you’re with. If you’re in a car, you can play music from the speaker for everyone’s enjoyment. For drivers, just keep the volume at a level that still makes your ears alert to anything.
Move Or Stretch Your Body
Sitting for prolonged periods of time is bad for your body, as they are naturally built to move around. If you feel like weariness is starting to take over, you can move around the train or plane (if there’s enough space or legroom). If you’re in a more enclosed vehicle, you can stretch your limbs to keep yourself astir.
You can raise your arms and extend your legs, or even do a little dance with your upper body while sitting. If this can’t be done, you can drop by the nearest rest stop so you can all get out of the car for a quick breather.
Engage Others In Conversation
If somehow you didn’t bring gadgets for listening to music or podcasts, you can always engage others in conversation. Talk to your kid or sibling or relative if you’re traveling with the family. If you’re on your own, you can try talking to the person beside you, provided they are open to conversation.
Doing this brings enjoyment, as you can either talk or laugh about mutual experiences you’ve had with the family or discover mutual interests you might have with a stranger. Speaking to another person gives you the opportunity for networking, which might help you in the future.
Long Yet Leisurely
Just because you’re in for a long ride doesn’t mean it has to drain the life out of you. You can bring things or do activities that make the travel time more relaxing and enjoyable for you, and possibly everyone else onboard. Trying the eight tips above should help you achieve this.