Keep yourself entertained, fed, and safe on your upcoming road trip.
Whether you’re striking out on a day trip or making a cross-country trek, one of the keys to a successful road trip is being prepared. So while you’re making sure your snacks and playlist of crowd-pleasing jams are all in order, make sure your phone is similarly outfitted with everything you need to ensure you’re ready for any bumps (both metaphorically and the kind that can cause a flat tire) you may encounter along the way.
Here’s how to stay clean and safe while traveling.
Even when there’s not a Coronavirus lurking around, airplanes and airports can be like Petri dishes with some gnarly germs and grime. Only traveling while you’re healthy is the best way to help keep travel safe for everyone (c’mon people, stay home if you’re sick!), but sleepless nights and stress from travel can actually reduce the body’s ability to fight off antigens and leave you vulnerable. The CDC recommends being an alert traveler by avoiding contact with the sick, keeping your hands off your face, covering your coughs and sneezes, staying home when you’re sick (ahem, again we say, “c’mon people!”), disinfecting personal spaces, and washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. Although the following items won’t guarantee you won’t come into contact with germs on your next flight, they can definitely help sanitize your space and reduce your risk of catching anything midair.
From laughs, to thrills, to true stories that are stranger than fiction, these audiobooks make a treat out of any trek.
You’re driving along some lonesome highway when the last radio station fizzles into static. What’s a bored road-tripper to do? Spotify? Good luck streaming your Discover Weekly playlist with the reception (or lack thereof) out here. CDs? That’d be great except the only one you have is a burned collection of Kazaa’s greatest hits circa 2003. Be left alone with your own thoughts? Not an option. Luckily, you thought ahead and downloaded an audiobook. These audiobooks are especially well-suited to keeping you engaged (but not so engaged that you can’t pay attention to the road) whether it’s through their particularly compelling subject matter, performances, or little touches that you wouldn’t get on the printed page. INSIDER TIPIf you listen to podcasts you’ve no doubt heard an ad for Audible before. But you can also get audiobooks for free through your library. Check and see if your library offers audiobooks to download through apps like OverDrive/Libby or Hoopla.
What will you distract yourself with next, sorry, cook next?
The big star of the beginning of quarantine was, of course: bread. Everyone was baking bread–your family, your friends, people you didn’t know, everyone. So, what’s next? What food will be the next big breakout star of this horror story we call our lives? Let’s take a look at some of the contenders.
Ah, the lengths we will go for rejuvenation.
COVID-19 Disclaimer: Make sure to check the status of the states, regions, and establishments in which you’re planning to visit prior to travel. Many regions continue to see high infection rates and deaths, while many states and counties remain under varying stay-at-home orders. Those traveling from areas with high rates of COVID-19 should consider avoiding travel for now in order to reduce spread. Everybody wants to feel better. Right? I mean that’s why we take deep breaths when we feel moments of stress creeping in. Occasionally though, those deep breaths don’t always do the trick and the tension builds—so much so that it can radically change the body. We’re talking everything from increased chances of a cold, to dry mouth, insomnia, and chest pain. In times like these, you need something like snakes to help chill you out. Well, a snake massage (see below) might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are some pretty eccentric spa treatments out there that are intended to better our bodies. We’ve rounded up just a few of them.