Traveling Nana

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Those Virginia hills

Monday evening I decided to travel to Virginia to see my first and only Grandson who turns one the 27th. First off this Nana will travel anywhere for her grandbaby, however I did learn that traveling across three states alone is very exhausting and boring. I may be a traveling Nana but from now on I prefer to travel with someone. I have learned many things through my past few years of traveling and as you can tell I’m still learning. LOL

Do you also like to travel? Do you have family in the military that you would drive anywhere to visit? Well if any of this is true for you like it is for me then there are a few things you should always keep in mind while driving for hours. My number one tip is to ALWAYS and I do mean always prepare for the unexpected. I know you are probably thinking how do I do that and isn’t that why it’s unexpected!? Well what I mean is prepare for several situations. Is it during the cold months, if so keep a blanket and a change of clothes in your vehicle. Could you potential really get stuck in traffic for hours…make sure to keep your gas tank at least half full at all times. Gonna be traveling at night…keep a flashlight in your vehicle. And for me this one is very important…always carry some sort of weapon or self protection item with you when traveling alone, cause well you never know.

Look out right on the side of the highway on the way to Virginia

There are several items I highly recommend to keep in your vehicle while traveling for long distances. For me I have to have snacks and waters. When traveling I usually prefer to snack the whole time instead of stopping for food. Then eat supper in a restaurant. I also highly recommend to have baby wipes, napkins, extra straws, plastic silverware, camera, phone charger for both car and regular outlet, GPS, basic toiletries, comfy shoes that are easy to take off (for the car ride), sunglasses, umbrella and a jacket. Also wouldn’t hurt to have something to entertain yourself with in the event you get stuck in traffic or in any other situation that could cause you to be stuck somewhere. And don’t forget any prescriptions as well as pain reliever and nausea medication.

Early morning view from the bridge going into the tunnel in Virginia.

Now I know it’s normal to stress out while traveling if you run into traffic and end up just setting there in the car, but here I will give you a few tips to stay calm. Get yourself a car essential oil diffuser and diffuse a calming, relaxing blend. This works wonders! If you become stuck setting there for a while, take a look around, see what is around you that would make amazing photos. Beauty is all around us and sometimes we are all moving in over drive and fail to see what nature has to offer us. For me when I just got stuck, due to an accident in the tunnel, I looked around and noticed how beautiful the skyline was on both sides of me. The above picture was taken to my left and below was taken to my right. I was surrounded by beauty and had I not been stopped in traffic I would never had gotten the opportunity to look around.

Sunrise over the ocean from the bridge in Virginia.

I can’t wait until my next road trip, which I won’t be taking alone. LOL my next adventure will likely be to Texas to visit my son in November. Ooohh Texas ♥️ that’s a topic for a whole other post. What are your favorite road trip destinations? What traveling tips do you have? Message or comment to let me know if you have any tips I may not think of! Happy traveling everyone.

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Published by Anita Coffey

Blogger, Girlfriend, mother to 4 and 1 bonus son, Nana to 1, wine and coffee lover, Fall obsessed, photographer, traveler, DIYer

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