The most important thing about road trips is driving safely, and to do that you have to be wide awake. It’s normal to get tired after long hours of driving, so follow these tips for staying awake on a road trip.
Get a good night’s sleep the night before you leave for your trip. Getting a full eight hours is the best way to feel awake longer. You should also have a healthy breakfast to keep you energized throughout the day.
If you’re driving alone and you find yourself getting sleepy, pull over, set an alarm on your phone, and take a quick nap. If you’re with another driver, switch off with them every few hours so you both get a chance to rest.
Bring healthy snacks with you and avoid fast food, as these make you drowsier. You should also avoid driving during times you’re usually sleeping, like late at night or early in the morning—driving at times you’re awake anyway helps you stay more alert.
Finally, one of the best things you can do on a long road trip to stay is to let others know how you’re doing and what is happening throughout the length of the trip. Whether it is asking people to call you every few hours, or stopping every so often to call them, good communication and connection with other people will keep you vitalized, rested, and energetic throughout your journey.