There are many ways to travel. How easy or difficult is up to you ... and of course, circumstances beyond our control.
one thing above all else which will save you in any situation
is a POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Humans are intrinsically the same
everywhere. When they encounter happy and contented person, it
puts them at ease. In circumstances where we find ourselves needing
assistance, those willing to help will almost always go out of
their way for a person who is pleasant to be with. Even having
a vehicle break down can become an adventure and an opportunity
to make new friends and see a bit more of a place you almost missed.
Being prepared is a huge part of the journey. If you wish to maintain somewhat of the lifestyle to which you are accustomed, take it with you. Find small containers to take your favorite items from your bulk supply and compartmentalize them (my specialty!).
example: ~ shower items ~ bedtime and morning products ~ quick
Note: for self-defense, I prefer to use my attitude, although I have been known to sleep with a good knife under my pillow now and again.
TIP: When packing your clothes, try folding them. It is much more space efficient. Rather than using a big suitcase, I prefer to use BOXES! Imagine a box sideways, like a shelf, and store your folded clothes like you would on a shelf. Then store the box, open side up, and voila! You can see everything in it in a glance, without having to disrupt your whole container. One step further, sliding a piece of cardboard in between each article of clothing allows you to remove and replace your clothes, without the friction of fabric dragging unwanted articles out at the same time. (yes, I do spend too much time on the road)
TIP: soak your shirt in cold water before putting it on, for fast relief.
Note: if traveling on a secluded highway, keep air-conditioning off or on the lowest setting, as it causes the engine stress, and leaves you at risk of breaking down.
3. Vehicle Road Kit
I have a theory about vehicles...since they are made up of molecules, like us...and also work on electricity, like us... then they respond to vibration and Energy, like us.
We are all functioning on electrons and neural pathways: anything that blocks the flow of Energy will cause malfunction. So...be nice to your vehicle. Even talk to it, or sing along with it as it hums down the road. I'm serious.
Having supplies at hand will save enormous amounts of time and stress:
all sorts (water, oil, transmission oil, wiper fluid, coolant)
Note: Preventative Measures are always the best way to go. Stop by one o' them Lube places. They're great. They will do a 30-point check for you: oil, brake lines, belts, fluid levels, plugs: Since they are not mechanics, they will not be doing any repair work and so they will only tell you what you actually need to replace.
I hope some of these tips can come in handy for you. After all, what are we here for, if not to make life a little less difficult for each other!
PS. Did I remember to mention how effective smiling is?
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