Life on the road is great. With the wind in your hair, you travel from one amazing destination to another. There’s nothing ahead of you but the wide-open road, and you feel as free as a rambling traveler. But what life on the road offers in terms of liberty, it often lacks in the comforts of home. This doesn’t have to be a downside of an extended vacation or #RVlife. Here are 10 ways to feel at home, even when you’re thousands of miles from it:
1. Bring small photos of home
Pack some pictures of your house, your favorite places to hang out, your family and friends. You can put up a couple and flip through the rest whenever you’re feeling a little homesick. It’s enough to give you a little reminder of everything that’s waiting for you at the end of your trip.
2. Bring your favorite blanket or pillow
A cozy blanket or perfect pillow can mean the difference between feeling comfortable and feeling like you’re roughing it. These little touches will do a lot to help you feel cozy and keep you happy no matter where you’re laying your head for the night.
3. Take a furry friend along
If you’re on the road in an RV or a spacious vehicle, you might be able to bring along your faithful companion. Having your fur baby by your side as you cruise the country will work wonders to make you feel at home.
4. Get a plant
A small potted plant can easily fit in the cup holder of your car or RV. While it provides a portable homey touch, it’s also great for air quality. A plant can clean the air in your car and produce oxygen to make life on the go even more comfortable.
5. Pack your favorite pair of slippers
There’s nothing quite like sliding on your favorite pair of slippers or putting on a cozy robe at the end of the day. It’s these small, daily rituals that truly make you feel at home. Bring these ‘essentials’ along with you so you can unwind whenever you need while you’re on the road.
6. Bring real silverware, plates, and glasses
Paper plates and plastic cutlery make for easy cleanup. But, there’s nothing like having a flimsy fork splinter while you’re trying to cut into a chicken breast or steak to make you frustrated about being away from home. Even if it makes for a little more dishwashing work, a set of real silverware, plates, and glasses will make you feel more comfortable when you’re camping or cruising across the country.
7. Invest in organizational systems
Splurge on some organizational systems to save yourself a lot of frustration when you’re living out of a suitcase. Bathroom caddies are a great way to keep your toothbrush separate from your loofah. Clothing dividers can keep your clean clothes separated from what’s dirty or help you quickly distinguish between cold-weather items and beachwear. It will save you the headache of digging through your bags every time you need something.
8. Invest in a wi-fi hotspot
There is nothing better than sitting outside your RV and stargazing at night. However, there are some evenings when you want nothing more than to catch up on your favorite television series or sit back and browse the net. Many campsites provide wi-fi, but you may want to connect when you’re in-between stays. With a wi-fi hotspot, you can update your social media, surf the web, and stream music or movies without a problem.
9. Bring along your favorite scent
The sense of smell is one of the strongest senses tied to memory. If you want to feel like you’re in a home away from home, put out a scented candle in your favorite fragrance. It’s an easy way to spruce up the space you’re in and makes you feel totally relaxed wherever you are.
10. Upgrade your lighting
Bad lighting is bad news. It can severely impact the way you feel about your mobile home. A lot of older RVs have weak, yellow light that can kill the ambiance of your space and cause eye strain. Consider swapping out the existing overhead lights with different bulbs that agree with your eyes and preferences. It can shed fresh light on the scene and liven up your home away from home.
Life on the road doesn’t have to mean ‘roughing it.’ When you make a few updates, you’ll be able to stay comfortable no matter where the highway takes you.
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