Jetting off to an exotic locale isn’t the only way to relax, recharge and escape from your usual routine. A road trip is a great way to give your physical and mental health a boost, especially if you’re tired of being cooped up in an office all day. Road trips make you stay “in the moment” as you navigate through new territory, meet new people and see the country’s famous roadside attractions and natural wonders from a fresh perspective.
Use some of these tips to make your road trip an adventure that will give your mood a lift as you cover each mile:
1. Stock up on relaxing music. Unless you’re planning a family sing-a-long every hour of the drive, plan to load up your music player with some soothing, relaxing music. This will help you focus on the road and take in all of the scenery. The right type of music can also make the drive a less-stressful experience.
2. Pack water and snacks. Eating snacks throughout the day, instead of three heavy meals, will help to keep your energy level up and stable. Eating heavy meals can make you sleepy and lethargic, and will make it very difficult to keep your mind on driving. Eat wholesome, nutritious foods when driving and prevent dehydration by sipping on water.
3. Take stretch breaks. If you’re planning a multi-hour or multi-day road trip, make sure you schedule in some stretch breaks. Plan to stretch at least once per hour so that you can breathe in some fresh air, take a short walk around your vehicle, and give your muscles a chance to loosen up. Frequent restroom breaks will also make the road trip a pleasant and enjoyable one.
4. Enjoy an audio book (or two). If you’re traveling alone, or your traveling party is interested in tuning into an audio book of the latest bestseller or classic novel, pack a few CDs for the road. Audio books can help you relax and keep you entertained when traveling long distances on the Interstate, byways and empty country roads.
5. Dress for the occasion. You’ll be sitting in your vehicle for several hours at a time, so make sure you’re wearing something lightweight and comfortable. You’ll have control over the temperature inside the vehicle for the most part, so don’t be afraid to “dress down” in t-shirts, loose-fitting pants or shorts, and other comfortable, fuss-free clothing. You can always change into something more formal when you arrive at your final destination.