1. Buy baby wipes
Baby wipes will become your very best friend when traveling on the road for a long period of time. A quick wipe here and there and you are good to go! Never litter your wipes by throwing them out the window. Bring trash bags on your travels and always use them.
2. Truck stop showers
Many truck stops along the interstates have showers in them. Shocking, I know. Many people don’t know this, because they are intended for truck drivers on long hauls without stopping at a hotel. The price might be a bit steep (Twelve bucks, yikes.) But, they’re handy when you’re in need of a refresher on the road. Plus, you don’t have a time limit, most of these spots will provide towels and shampoo (sometimes) and they are clean, for the most part.
3. Use dry shampoo
Enough said. Dry shampoo will become your very best friend. A couple quick sprays on the scalp and you’re basically runway ready. Literally, though. You can go multiple days without washing your hair as long as you use dry shampoo. It is an absolute necessity to keep with you when traveling on the road.
4. Take needed breaks
If you are feeling tired, take a break from driving. Rest stops are there for a reason. Simply pull into one and take a nap for an hour or so. Don’t force yourself to drive until your eyes are burning and you’re seeing rainbow bunnies dancing across the road. Take pit stops and nap breaks when you need them. This ensures not only your safety but the safety of other drivers around you.
5. Ditch the fancy jewels
Never carry any expensive jewelry when on the road. You want to draw less attention to yourself, and by flaunting flashy jewelry off, you won’t be doing yourself any favors. Leave the diamonds at home where they belong.
6. Avoid hitchhikers
Most of the time, they are normal, well-rounded, decent human beings. But, the slight chance that they’re not is enough of a risk to avoid the situation completely. Especially when you’re alone, don’t take the chance. In the event that the hitchhiker is likely a long distance backpacker, or thru-hiker, an exception may be made at your discretion.
7. Charge your devices
Before you start out on the road each day, make sure that your phone is fully charged and ready for use in case of emergencies. You can also invest in a portable battery to extend the phone’s life for your convenience. Bring multiple cords and USB ports in case one fails you, so that you will have a backup plan.
8. Limit your cash
Try not to carry excessive amounts of cash on you when out on the road. Make it a point that you only carry the exact amount of cash that you may need for the trip, with leniency to spare. Also, you should never reveal the amount of money you have to anyone, especially a stranger. Keep the cash minimal. There are ATMs pretty much everywhere, so there is no need to carry around excessive amounts of cash.