Some say that comfort is the enemy of travel. That may be true, but the saying is mostly referring to the tendency of some travelers to stay shut up in their hotel rooms whilst avoiding interaction with a new and different locale.
But you should be comfortable—very comfortable—when it comes to the clothing you wear and the luggage that you haul with you on your travels. It’s harder to enjoy your trip when you’re constantly burdened by uncomfortable travel gear.
Here are a few tips and tricks on how to stay comfortable while you’re travelling.
Bring the Right Pack
It’s important to bring the right baggage with you. Whether you’re bringing a small amount of items or several large pieces of luggage, you’ll want to take baggage that’s as easy to carry as possible.
Pack carry-on luggage and bring as much carry-on as you can. Carry-on is more transportable than hefty suitcases. Backpacks are terrific. You can stuff backpacks with plenty of small and medium-sized items. What’s great about backpacks is that they’re built to evenly distribute weight across your back. If you’re going to be exploring a new destination, a backpack with a light load is a great way to bring some essential items with you, like snacks and durable sunscreen.
Consider getting a backpacking pack. This must-have is perfect if you want to go travelling with a minimal amount of bags, and you can fit a ton of different articles in it. You might find one useful even if you’re not going backpacking.
Wear the Right Shoes
Your feet are going to get worked extra when you travel, so be sure to bring shoes that feel comfortable and which provide ample support for your feet. Walking shoes are perfect. If you want to wear shoes that are a little more stylish, there are plenty of options that can play double-duty, whether you’re traveling or working 9 to 5. For example, if you oversee a classroom of precocious kids, you can find discounted teacher flats that will work hard for your feet all year round. If you’re a nurse by profession, you can get nursing shoes that are both cute and comfy. Investing in high-quality footwear is always worth it, whether you’re globetrotting or making money for your next adventure.
Socks are important, too. Your feet might get hot and sweaty, so be sure to wear socks that are light and breathable. A gel insole would make up for the lesser cushioning by these socks.
Prepare for the Weather
Always be prepared for the weather conditions of the place you’re travelling to. Do research ahead of time and see whether the weather is going to be sunny or cloudy, cold or warm. If the weather is going to stay the same for the whole length of your stay, then packing should be relatively easy: you’ll just prepare all the appropriate clothing for that weather condition.
It’s much more difficult to pack when the weather conditions are going to be mixed, for instance, it’s going to be mostly warm and sunny, but with interspersed showers. If that’s the case, pack 50-50 for each weather condition.
Don’t Forget About Food and Water
You might be so concerned with packing your clothing that you forget all about 2 essentials: food and water. Food and water are absolute necessities whenever you travel. You’ll want to bring a few plastic water bottles or a reusable water bottle for long journeys, or for when you’re exploring a new place.
Food is important to. Bring snacks wherever you go. Your snacks should be small enough to fit into your backpack and they should be able to nourish you until you get the chance to have a full meal. It’s important that you have snacks with you because travelling zaps a ton of your energy. It’s good to have small food items to keep you energized.
Great snack foods include trail mix, granola bars, fruit, and even sandwiches.
If you’re going to be travelling overnight, or for long periods where you’re able to catch some shut eye, you’ll appreciate having a small travel pillow to keep your head and neck supported. Even if you’re not trying to sleep, travel pillows will lend support to your neck, which is important if you’re going to be sitting for a long time.
There are tons of different types of travel pillows on the market, and nearly all of them are easily portable. The best ones allow you to hook them around luggage handles.
Hope that helps! Remember that if you want to stay comfortable when you’re travelling, bring items that will support your body, keep you nourished and comfortable on-the-go. And never forget to bring the essentials.