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Staying Comfy While on the Road

By Donna Stark

Have you had to cancel your plane reservations but the trip is still on? Are you looking forward to an extended car ride to get to your favorite vacation spot? If so, the first thing you need to do is to make sure that everyone will be comfortable. Nothing is more important to your survival on a road trip than to make sure smiles are on the faces of everyone in the car, because if there aren't, the drive to your dream vacation is bound to feel like a nightmare! Take a look at the following suggestions on how you can ensure that everyone will have a comfy ride.

Position Your Neck and Head Correctly

Of course, if you are driving, you will need to keep your head and neck straight while keeping your eyes on the road, but the same is true for all the passengers in the car too. Try to avoid bending your head to the side. If you are tired, keep your shoulders relaxed and use a neck support pillow instead of straining your neck and placing your head on the window to sleep.

Remember to Bring Support

If the vehicle you are driving doesn't have adequate lumbar support, you will want to make sure you bring something of your own. You can use a rolled-up towel, a small pillow, or a portable lumbar support seat. Using these will help to reduce pain, decrease stress, improve posture, and increase comfort.

Take Plenty of Breaks

Saving time on the road may be your goal but saving your body from pain and stiffness is definitely the smarter choice here. Be sure to take plenty of breaks so everyone can get out and stretch a bit. Move those legs, reach your arms to the sky, and then treat everyone to a snack of their choosing at your favorite rest stop.

Have Everything Important Within Reach

Before the car is even started, pull everything out that you think will be needed and make sure they are within your reach. Things like your sunglasses, phone, beverages, toll money, and anything else you can think of should be easy to get to. You don't want to put everyone at risk by taking your eyes off the road or twisting your body trying to reach for something.

Staying Comfortable on the Road

It's easy to see how sitting in a car for an extended period of time can increase the risk of pain and stiffness in your back, neck, hips, and legs, but with the tips above, you can set everyone up for a comfortable ride. The only thing that's left is picking the right kind of snacks!

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