Road Warriors are people who are on the road for weeks or even months at a time, usually for work. Being on the road and living out of a suitcase takes some getting used to, but if you follow our advice, you’ll be a pro in no time!
While it can be tempting to stuff as much as possible into the largest suitcase you own, chances are if you pack smart you will be able to fit everything you need in one piece of carry-on sized luggage. Packing light allows you to travel easily from place to place and you won’t waste time digging for a shoe at the bottom of a large suitcase. If you’re concerned about not having enough clean clothes, choose accommodations that provide onsite laundry options (like InTown Suites!) Pro tip: If you roll your clothes instead of folding them you’ll be able to fit more in your luggage, and as a bonus, they will be less wrinkled.
If you have a smartphone, download a few apps before you hit the road – they can be huge lifesavers. The typical cost of an app ranges from $1-$5 dollars, and you can often try out the ‘lite’ versions for free. We recommend the following to get you started:
CoPilot Live – Not happy with your phone’s GPS? CoPilot is a great alternative to Google Maps. It provides voice guided navigation which makes it easy and safe, to get where you need to be.
Automilez – If you’re getting paid mileage fees and need to track your miles download Automilez. This app uses GPS to keep track of how far you’ve traveled.
Trip Tracker – A handy app that helps you keep track of flights, car rentals, accommodations, reservations and more. No more searching through tons of emails to find your reservation number!
Yelp – Hungry and not sure where or what to eat? Yelp will help you narrow down your restaurant choices by area, price, cuisine type etc. One you narrow down your choices, you can read user reviews to help you pick the best option.
Expensify –This app will help you keep track of your receipts. It even has a function to allow you to scan your receipts, leaving you with less paper to hold onto. When the time comes to submit your expenses, you can also merge all of your receipts into one convenient PDF.
If you’ll be spending hours a day on the road, invest in some entertainment to help pass the time. Radio service can be spotty in rural areas so download some of your favorite tunes onto a phone or have it burned to a CD. If you have a smartphone, subscribe to some podcasts – most are free and there are so many to choose from. One of our favorites is This American Life. Audiobooks are also a great way to pass the time when driving – Audiable.com has thousands to choose from including new releases.
Eating out can be fun for a few days, but after a while it can get expensive, boring and unhealthy. Making your own meals can be a great way to save some money, add some variety to your diet and improve your health. When choosing accommodations for your trip, choose a location that provides kitchen facilities. All InTown Suites rooms come with full sized refrigerators, two burners and more.
Always be prepared. If you’ll be away from home for weeks at a time in your vehicle, invest in some safety precautions. Hopefully you won’t need to use them, but if trouble arises, you’ll be glad you have them. Make sure you have an up-to-date AAA membership. It’s also best to pick up a First Aid Kit and a Flat Tire Kit and store them in your trunk.
Hopefully these tips will help make your life on the road a little easier!