Road Trip Comfort

road trip comfort

Last week I was road tripping throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley. This is my favourite way to travel. Give me an open road and a GPS to tell me how to get to my destination and I am a happy lady. Like many of you, I've been road tripping since before I can remember. It seems to be everyone's first introduction to travel! Over the years I've learned how to stay comfortable while sitting in a car for long periods of time, today I'm spilling all of my secrets!


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Weekender (Bought last year at Target. Love this one and this floral one!)

Make up: Foundation | Mascara | Blush | Lipstick in Eclair


My tips for remaining comfortable on a road trip

Dress for comfort - I love jeans as much as the next person but have you ever worn a pair while sitting in a car for 8 hours? I have and let me tell you, it was not comfortable at all! Now, I dress for comfort but that doesn't mean sacrificing style! My first choice is to wear a comfy dress, like the L.L.Bean one I am wearing in these photos. It is light enough for the hot summer months and adding a scarf worked beautifully in keeping me warm in air conditioned spaces. And since our car, a 1970 Mercury Montego, didn't have air conditioning, I just tied this light Old Navy scarf around my hair to prevent it blowing around while we had all the windows open!

Travel light - And I don't mean what you're packing, I'm talking about what you pack it all in! When we were packing for our road trip AMH asked if I was bringing a suitcase. We have some pretty big suitcases and I could see his mind trying to figure out how to pack that all in the trunk. My answer, no way! I don't want to be lugging a heavy suitcase while on a road trip. Road trips to me are so much more relaxed so I instantly reached for my weekender bag. It's light and easy to carry and expands to hold a lot (and I mean a lot!) of clothing and toiletries. Any big items that didn't fit into our weekenders (my husband and I each have our own) we but them in a boat and tote bag. For Father's Day the kids and I bought AMH an extra large boat and tote with '70 Montego' monogrammed on it!

Bring a cooler - There are so many shapes and sizes of coolers out there, you really can't go wrong! I love the collapsable kind because when you're not using them they fold down to nothing but my go-to cooler right now is a tall narrow Coleman. I have this one in blue and just love it! We fill the cooler with water, a few sodas (for him), La Criox (for me) and some fresh fruit and yogurt for snacks. Once the ice fully melts, we dump it out and buy a new bag! I love stopping along the Interstate for Starbucks but sometimes you just want a quick drink and I rather buy a case of water at $4 then pay $2 per at a rest stop. Speaking of stops...

Take frequent breaks - Especially on long road trips. After drinking all that water in your cooler, you'll need to stop! Ha! Use this time to walk around a little and stretch. I learned this great trick from my personal trainer friend Crystal, all you need is a tennis ball (you can keep it in your glove box). Stand up straight and bend at the waist, reaching for your toes. Hold for a few seconds to really stretch out your back and legs. Then, put the tennis ball on the ground and with bare or socked feet, roll it all around. Repeat on the other foot. Then, repeat the stretch and amazingly, you will be able to reach further and get an even better stretch! Your feet also get a nice little massage out of it.

Remember, road tripping is all about enjoying the journey. Follow these tips and you're sure to have a great time. See you on the open road!

What are your tips for staying comfortable on a road trip? Share your tips in the comments below!

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