We’ve written before on the topic of road trips, and we regularly make the over 22-hour drive to Florida from Toronto so, I thought I’d do a quick rundown of 13 tips specifically focused on COMFORT for both the driver and the passenger.
13 Tips for comfortable long driving trips
- Dress in layers so that you can easily adjust to the changing temperature of the geography of your route without needing to go into your suitcase.
- Wear comfortable pants with a loose waist band like yoga pants or sweatpants since you’ll be sitting for a long time. There’s no need to make a fashion statement here — being comfortable is the point. One point though, stay away from pyjamas, please. embarrassing
- Compression socks are the key to keep the blood circulating in your legs while you are inactive for an extended period.
- Comfortable shoes, sandals or slip on shoes for those quick gas station stops for gas or the restroom. As a passenger, I often take my shoes off in the car and the “lazy” in me doesn’t want to tie/untie shoe laces.
- Thin blanket. Hubby Ray likes to keep the car cool while driving so that he doesn’t get drowsy but I like the car comfy and warm. Since our car doesn’t have a high-tech climate control system, I use a low-tech blanket instead!
- Pillow for your lower back or for naps.
- Eyemask for daytime naps at a rest stop.
- Pack snacks and water.
- Favourite Music or audio books. Radio stations may not always have your favourite tunes, so bring your own.
- Obus Forme back support.
- Sunscreen. You can’t get a sunburn in your car but you can you can still damage your skin. Here’s an interesting article from Business Insider on the subject
- Toiletries. I suggest you leave the basics like a hairbrush, toothbrush/toothpaste, mouthwash, and moisturiser inside the car so that you can refresh yourself without having to go into your suitcase in the trunk.