Tips for Long Trips

Going on trips often means dealing with long hours journeying on the road, up in the sky, or across the waters. Look forward to a relatively stress-free holiday with tips to help you out before and after traveling:
Road Trip
  1. If you're driving or bringing your own car, a pre-trip vehicle checkup is a must. Since the majority of the travel needs - accommodation, tours, etc. have been settled, ensuring that your vehicle is in excellent shape is top priority.
  2. Get ample rest and sleep. Even if you're only sitting down because you're driving, long drives can get pretty exhausting, especially since you have to deal with little space for hours.
  3. Now that your vehicle is in peak condition, equip it with other must-haves like an updated navigation system, entertainment apps, and basic kits (car tool, first aid, and emergency).
  4. Avoid overloading. If you're driving, it helps to make stops once in a while. A restroom break or a good stretch can make long drives more bearable.
  5. Pack some on-the-go snacks - candies, crackers, fruits, or sandwiches. But avoid packing foods that can upset your stomach or would require you constant use of the restroom. For drinks, instead of buying packs of small bottled water, get a big, gallon-sized container along with some reusable bottles to be refilled when necessary.
Flights
  1. Try to have your seat upgraded, or pick a seat that best works for you. Pick a seat depending on your preference prior to your flight. Want more legroom? Pick a seat near the aisle. Want a view? Window seat. Want both armrests? Pick the middle.
  2. For hassle-free airport experience, check-in earlier. Avoid carrying too much stuff but make sure to not leave without your go-to gears: eye mask, neck pillow, travel blanket/jacket, noise-cancellation, ear plugs for a comfier shuteye, or entertainment essentials (music, reading materials) to keep you occupied if you cannot sleep.
  3. A sizeable hand-carry bag is your best friend.
  4. Cramped up hours, up in the sky can be exhausting, put a little ease on your flight experience by wearing comfortable (ideally, lose) clothes to make moving around easier.
  5. Stick to your regular water intake to stay hydrated. Take walks and do stretches to fight off deep-vein thrombosis
  6. Make sure to pack an extra pair of underwear, a shirt, and your toiletries in your carry-on.
Cruise
  1. Pack medicine for seasickness or nausea.
  2. Pick the lower deck, somewhere in the center of the ship to avoid nausea.
  3. Join the coast guard lifeboat drill. It can be boring sure, but anything life-saving is worth your time.
  4. Learn the ship's map.
  5. Bring extension cord to accommodate all your devices' chargers while aboard.
  6. Take advantage of on-board programs and seminars
  7. Expect tight quarters so it's best to pack light. But be sure to pack all the basic essentials (water shoes, sunblock) for the type of cruise you signed up for.
Overall, to have safe and convenient journeys be sure to purchase a travel insurance policy for yourself, ask driving directions when needed, and don't hesitate to inform appropriate staff (for cruises and flights) of things that can help improve your experience.