My husband and I recently took a vacation and traveled to visit friends and family during Memorial Day weekend. We are roadtrippers. We love being able to take our own car, the freedom to take breaks when needed, and being able to see new sights, and try new food.
There were times that we either stayed at our friends’ and families’ home, or at a hotel. With trial and error over the years, Travis and I realized that we need to bring the following in order to feel more at home.
In our current home, both of our bedrooms have a ceiling fan. We also have a ceiling fan in our kitchen and also in our breakfast area. When we first started roadtripping to friends’ homes, we discovered they do not have ceiling fans. When we traveled outside of Texas, ceiling fans were not as common as we thought they would be. In fact, by the time Memorial Day comes around, some places in the USA have just turned off their heat.
However, Travis and I have become accustomed to air movement. We have tried sleeping with the window open; however, that can create more unnecessary noise, lack of wind, and decrease safety. So, we found a great fan to bring with us that it quiet and easy to transport in the car. It helps us sleep so much easier!
Ever year for Memorial Day, we go up to Indiana to the Indianapolis 500. Every year we have gone, it was usually hot. So, we have learned to pack for summer clothing. Then for the Indy500 this year (2021), there was a huge cold front. Low of 45 degrees and high of 70 degrees. Us Texans were NOT prepared for the cooler weather. We ended up purchasing winter clothes, and borrowing clothes from our family members. From now on, my husband and I are going to pack for all seasons… it was FREEZING!
Favorite Liquid Container
This could be a favorite mug, water bottle, etc. But drinking your beverage out of a familiar container can help you feel more at home.
If we are really wanting a specific beverage (coffee, tea, creamer, soda, drink) and we know if will not be available for purchase, we like to bring a cooler with us during roadtrips. Also, the beverage can be cheaper if you bring it in advance as opposed to purchasing in a convivence store.
Pillows and Bedding
I have realized over the years that if I do not sleep with my ultra-firm pillow, I just do not get as much quality sleep. I also make sure before I am traveling to put my favorite pillow case on it, and also bring favorite blankets.
In a hotel rooms, I do not like walking around with bare feet. Sometimes I bring slippers or flip flops to walk around the room in. I prefer to bring old ones that can be thrown out after the hotel stay.