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I’m not sure it works out that way every year, but springtime always seems to be filled with last minute travel plans. There always seems to be a an extra trip or two to see relatives. Maybe an overnight stay at a theme park. Throw in spring break when the kids are out of school and you end up doing something just to get out of the house. Even at my job, there always seems to be last-minute travel included whether it is just a few counties over for spring training or across the country for a college basketball tournament.
It can be stressful since this sort of travel isn’t necessarily the kind you have weeks or even months to get ready like most vacations. Sometimes these impromptu travel sessions come right after the other with very little time in between.
I remember last year around this time. I covered a spring training night game another county over that went well past the time it should have ended. I had to be back awake at 5 a.m. the next morning and on the road to Tallahassee since the local college basketball team made it to a tournament and we had to make the eight-hour road trip in time for the team’s first practice. The team ended up pulling off one of the biggest upsets in school history so that two-night business trip turned into five. Keep in mind I was usually hauling around computers and camera gear. There were stairs. So many stairs. And in between myself and two other fellow journalists were cramped into an economy-class car and hotel rooms. Plus, we were on deadline pressure the entire time.
When I finally made it home, I had less than 24 hours to unwind before it was time to take the family to a theme park to see one of the wife’s favorite bands from when she was younger and ride the rides that looked like spaceships. While I was grateful to have plenty of aspirin-free Excedrin® Tension Headache (for tension headaches) on hand during that time, it also ended up being an unforgettable week. Last-minute traveling can be an adventure as long as you are prepared.
Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years to make your impromptu travels as stress-free as possible. I also have a printable for you to plan your next theme park adventure!
Pack snacks: While it may be tempting to consume gas station food and drive-thru burgers for the duration of your trip, a junk food diet can really stress you out when you are on the road. Between the sugar highs and the greasy food lows, the food you eat on the run can really affect your mood. Not to mention the panic of trying to find a bathroom while you are driving when the take-out tacos come back to haunt you.
Make sure you have plenty of snacks that can keep you going without altering your moods or other biological functions. This goes for drinks too. Try packing a cooler of juice and water and avoid the sodas.
Be prepared for dead electronics: Do you want travel stress on the road? There’s an easy way to achieve it; Noticing your phone is about to die and you left the charger five hours away.
Camera batteries are another thing that tend to be a source of stress since they often require special charging stations and buying new ones is more difficult than just stopping by the corner store. Make sure you have spare cables, batteries and charging packs for all of your electronic items before you even leave for your destination. It’ll be much less of a headache.
Update your medicine bag: Do you have a travel bag that holds all of your medicine and toiletries. When was the last time you inspected some of those medicines? I found this out the hard way just last week when I let my wife borrow some eye drops that I had that had been expired for over five years.
Now that I’ve got you thinking about it, give your bag a good inspection and replenish anything that could expire like toothpaste, mints, add in some cotton swabs, and don’t forget those sunglasses and sunscreen! Florida weather can be bright and sunny all year!
An essential item in any travel kit should be Excedrin® Tension Headache. It is Aspirin-free headache relief perfect for when you get a tension headache out of nowhere. Excedrin® products deliver fast relief for different types of headaches. We picked up two different varieties at Walmart. Be sure to use as directed.
Excedrin® Extra Strength (for everyday headaches) is another good choice for your theme park travel bag as well, since it is fast headache relief that starts in just 15 minutes.
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How do you feel your best on a long day at a theme park?