30 Jul Long Road Trips Made Easy
Are you planning your next camping trip? Getting to some of the best camping spots in the country can involve a long drive. To get you ready for the most epic road trip, follow these tips and you’ll be guaranteed a smooth and comfortable ride.
- Think Comfort
Being in a small space for an extended period can be uncomfortable. If you’re a passenger, you can only move so much and, if you’re the driver, you pretty much have to stay in the same position for several hours. Here’s what you can do to minimise your discomfort:
Wear Comfy Clothes and Shoes
Choose comfortable clothes made of soft, breathable fabrics. Layer up clothing to make it easier to adjust to the temperature. Wear slip-on footwear that lets your feet breathe and move freely. If you’re travelling in winter, choose warm shoes with socks to keep your feet toasty.
Bring Blankets and Pillows
Blankets are a versatile item when travelling. Blankets will keep you warm at night and can also be folded for an extra seat or back cushioning. Small pillows can provide support for your neck and lower back when you take naps during the drive or while the driver pulls over into a rest stop.
Maximise Your Rest Breaks
Take regular short breaks. Get out of the car and stretch your arms and legs or do jumping jacks to keep the blood flowing. Utilise rest stop facilities and fill up your water bottles, the next stop might be a long way away.
Remember, If you are the driver and you’re feeling tired, pull over somewhere safe and take a break. A 10-minute power-nap maybe all you need to feel refreshed and continue on the journey.
- Eat Well and Stay Hydrated
During long travels, snacking in the car may be your only option. Prepare and pack snacks before you leave to avoid expensive petrol station food prices and keep your snacks healthy.
- Choose foods that you can eat your hands like sandwiches, nuts, granola bars, fresh and dried fruits.
- Pack a picnic before you leave to enjoy a substantial meal at a rest stop along the way.
- Stock up on water and take sips to stay hydrated all throughout the trip.
- Stay Entertained and Awake
When you’re the driver, one of the most challenging things during long travels is staying awake and alert. If you’re a passenger, being inside the car for several hours can be tedious. Here are some awesome things you can take with you to keep everyone awake and simulated:
Did someone say carpool karaoke?! Create playlists of your favourite songs and albums that can be played in your car either on a CD or through your phone via Bluetooth or a USB cord. Opt for upbeat, happy songs that everyone can sing along to.
Audiobooks and Podcasts
Work through your ‘to read’ list of books and avoid car sickness (for passengers) with audiobooks or catch up on your favourite podcasts while on the road. Download them before you go to avoid signal interruptions and excess data usage.
List of Games
Make a list of games that you can play when you’re travelling in a group – I spy is an oldie but a goodie.
Follow the above tips and your road trip will be as fun and memorable as your camping trip.
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