For travel nursing professionals, long hours on the road, come with the territory. In case you are traveling to a new assignment and have quite some time to drive, here are something helpful road trip hacks for you to try!
1. Stack Your Playlist
From throwback sounds to Top 20 tunes, music is a great way to ease your mind while stuck on the road. Grab your smartphone and stack your playlist with iTunes, YouTube or Spotify, before you hit the road. It’s important to pick songs you enjoy! If you’re traveling with a friend, be sure to include music they like too.
2. Stop & Stretch
There is nothing like the relaxing release of a good stretch after hours on the road. Make it a habit and stretch EVERY TIME you stop, whether you feel like it or not! If you are a Yogi, look for cool locations to do yoga on your route.
3. Don’t Hit the Road without Roadside Assistance
From flat tires to bad batteries, roadside assistance is a must-have for when the unplanned occurs. For $50 – 125 a year, you can get AAA no matter where you are nationwide! Another option is adding it on to your auto insurance for an additional monthly fee.
4. Pack Snacks
Make sure you have enough snacks and drinks to keep you going. Snacking is not only a good way to curve your appetite, but also a great way to help you budget for meals! If you don’t have a cooler, pack snacks that don’t require refrigeration including:
- Bottles Water
- Nuts and Trail Mix
- Chips and Cookies
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Apples and Bananas
5. Set Aside Time for Sleep
Driving when you’re sleep deprived is dangerous. Plan out your overnight stops or how many hours you’ll drive before calling it a night. It’s also wise not to sleep at rest stops unless you are traveling in a group. If money is on your mind, you can still catch some sleep and stay somewhere affordable by looking on Airbnb or pitching a tent at campgrounds along your route.
6. Keep Your Phone Charged
Always bring an extra charger in your car, so you can keep your phone charged at all times. There is nothing worse than a dead phone when you don’t know where you are going or run into an emergency on the road.
Leave a comment below and let us know what you do to keep from going crazy while on the road!
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