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How to Make a Car Travel Feel Great

Road trips are a lot of fun, especially if you like to pack half of your closet, (like some of us do-please don’t judge). But sometimes, your road trip can become a disaster if you haven’t kept in mind major details. No matter how much you love driving, or how great the company and the scenery is, it can be challenging to stay comfortable for hours in your car. We’ve put together a list of some of the best ways to make a car travel feel the most comfortable.

Fully Check your Car, Your Insurance & Roadside Assistance Membership

Even if you take thorough care of your car, getting it serviced before a long road trip is a good idea. You don’t want to take a chance and find yourself waving your hand for help in the middle of nowhere. Get your car checked by a mechanic to be rest assured when you hit the road. Call your insurance and make sure your car is properly insured. If you don’t have a roadside service membership like AAA or Fix-A-Flat, then make sure you have a spare tire/tools to fix a tire in your trunk, jumper cables, a reflecting vest, etc.

A Clean Car is a Happy Car

Even if you take thorough care of your car, getting it serviced before a long road trip is a good idea. You don’t want to take a chance and find yourself waving your hand for help in the middle of nowhere. Get your car checked by a mechanic to be rest assured when you hit the road. Also call your insurance and make sure your car is properly insured.

Have an Old School Paper Map, in Addition to Your Phone GPS

Getting lost on the road might sound exciting, but in reality, you don’t wanna end up stranded in the middle of nowhere with no hope of help. Make sure to be fully prepared and bring some more navigational aids with you, in addition to your smartphone or a car GPS. Relying entirely on your phone can be dangerous sometimes. Imagine if the battery dies, or you’re in a remote area and lose signal. Your roadside service company can provide you free maps. You can also map your route on the computer prior to your trip and print that out, or buy a map for cheap at a travel agency.

Allow Your Eyes Some Rest with Sunshields

Long road trips with the sun shining at its brightest is not a combination you want to experience. Even if your air-conditioning is functioning, bright light can hurt your eyes if you are not careful. While you can moderate heat, you need to get your car some shade.

Tinted windows and reflective sunshades are our picks to help you drive comfortably, even with the sun right in front of you. Additionally, you can make frequent pit stops and park your car under shade to ease off the load on both you and the car.

Entertainment is the Essence of Road Trips

If you are traveling solo, this one is a must for you. Solitude is nice sometimes, but a long road trip can soon turn it into terrible boredom. Even if you are with a group of people, you can only do so much talking. So make sure to install a decent sound system in your car before you hit the road. A bit of music or that audiobook you always wanted to listen to can provide you the desired dose of entertainment. Podcasts are another great way to pass the time.

Cushion the Seats for Improved Comfort

You need to cushion your seats to maintain a good posture and stay comfortable throughout the trip. While you can do it with a soft cushion, we recommend investing in a quality contoured backrest to ensure you don’t get back pain after a long drive.

Equipping your car with a completely new seat cover may appear overkill, but you’ll notice the difference the moment you sit on. It can enhance your car’s comfort to a new level, allowing you to enjoy the road without worrying about any back pain.

Plan to Sleep in the Car?

If you plan to sleep in your car, take a pillow, a blanket, and an inflatable twin mattress (if you have a hatchback car). Just turn your backseat into a comfy bed instantly. Inflate the mattress on the backseat, put the pillow on top, lie down, cover up, and there you have a portable bed. Oh, and don’t forget an eye mask. We recommend one with cooling gel inserts, like this one.

Wrapping Up

Planning for a long trip may feel like a hassle, but small bits of preparations can help you enjoy your trip. We hope these tips will help you on your next trip. Other important things to remember while traveling by car: have a first aid kit, a memory foam neck pillow, an extra car phone charger, comfortable shoes & clothes.

Pull-over every two hours at least. And don’t forget water and some good snacks high in proteins. It’s very important to stay hydrated when driving for many hours.