The amount of time I spend in my car lately has been ridiculous! Yesterday I left my house at 9 am and didn’t return until almost 7pm….and all the time in between was spent either in meetings or driving to meetings (with lunch and a few errands thrown in too)!
As I was making my way back up the canyon at the end of my marathon day I started thinking about how much I rely on my “bag of tricks” when I’m on the road. Well, it’s not really a “bag”…but it’s the stuff I keep in my car (and some in my bag) that keeps me functioning…physically and mentally! :-)
Here is a rundown (in no particular order):
1. Granola bars.
Whether homemade or store-bought, I never leave home without some! You never know when hunger is going to strike, and I don’t know about you, but when I get hungry, I actually begin to panic a little! Granola bars have saved me numerous times!
2. Emergency Energy Boost.
Sometimes when I am driving the winding canyon roads and start to feel very, very sleepy….I reach for Peppermint and/or Sweet Orange essential oils to give me that energy boost I need to get home safely! A few drops on the back of my neck, or even just inhaling the scent straight from the bottle is enough to give me that pick me up I so badly need!
4. Summer Survival Kit
I put this together and it has been a life saver! It’s actually good year-round, but Summer Survival sounds good. :-) It contains a bottle each of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, & Tea Tree essential oils, along with a few bandaids, some lip balm and a few other helpful items. Just some of the things I use these oils for while “on the road” are:
Lavender: When in doubt, use lavender! Any time you’re away from home, lavender is a great all-purpose essential oil to have with you. Qualities include: sedating, pain relieving, mood enhancing, reduces anxiety, aids digestion, fights bacteria, battles insects and is a super healer!
Peppermint for headaches, digestion discomfort and fresh breath!
Lemon for tastier, cleaner water at a restaurant, also mood elevation!
Tea Tree….a powerful antiseptic and all-around great EO to take with you in case of cuts or infection…especially for kids!
I don’t think this one really needs any explanation. When you gotta blow, you gotta blow! :-) They also make a good napkin in a pinch! I prefer the little pocket packs. I always have at least one in my car and one in my purse at all times.
6. Hand Sanitizer.
Whether it’s homemade or purchased…a hand sanitizer is a MUST on the road! It helps to prevent the spread of germs and to keep hands clean and fresh. Learn how to make your own in THIS POST.
Living in a semi-arid state has taught me to always have lotion on hand….if not in my bag, then definitely in the car! It comes in very handy when you develop a last minute case of “static cling”. Just rub some on your legs or arms and whatever was clinging will immediately uncling!
With or without little ones in the car…either of these homemade wipes make a great addition to your “mobile office wellness kit”. There’s nothing worse than driving around feeling sticky and unfresh! Learn how to make your own in THIS POST and THIS POST.
I hope some of this has been helpful. It’s what makes being in my “mobile office” as much as I am a LOT more bearable! :-)
Do you spend a considerable amount of time in a “mobile office”? What are your “survival tips”?