Tips for Long Trips

Edward Hsu

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        If you are reading this article, chances are you are currently enduring, or about to endure, some of the most boring and unproductive hours of your life. Here are a few tips that will help you survive your long car ride.

 

Read a book

        If your trip is three or more hours long, this is a great opportunity for you to finish that book that you’ve been meaning to read. Because it is much harder to concentrate and remember specific details from a book that you have to read for school, pick a book that you know you will actually enjoy. Be sure to rest your eyes regularly to prevent your vision from worsening. Not sure what to read?

Here are some of The Prospector’s staff picks:

“Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck

“Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

“Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher

“Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

 

Sleep

        A long-haul trip is the perfect time for you to catch up on sleep. If you’re looking for some quality nap time, bring a neck pillow and a warm blanket. You can also bring your headphones to listen to ambient music while you’re asleep. Try listening to the “Peaceful Piano” playlist on Spotify or Chillhop’s “Chill Beats” playlist.

 

Draw

        When you’re driving tens or hundreds of miles away from home, the unfamiliar views can often be an inspiration for your artistic side. Bring a few pencils, pens or markers and draw what you see around you. Don’t feel pressured to create a flawless masterpiece. Rather, focus on observing the details outside and doodle — just relax.

 

Eat!

        What better time to binge-eat than on a car ride? On the day before your trip, visit your local grocery store and stock up on your favorite chips, candy, crackers, bagels — you name it. But don’t forget to save some space for your next meal.

 

        If you’ve exhausted all of the options above and are still bored out of your mind, try browsing these websites:

whathappenedinmybirthyear.com

lolmythesis.com

Richkidsofinstagram.com

 

        If you get carsick from doing any of the above, close your eyes and just breathe. Remember why you’re on the trip in the first place your destination is probably someplace wonderful.

 

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