Summer is here which means it’s vacation season! It’s the perfect time of year to frequent beaches, host cookouts late into the evening, and visit with friends and family. I love traveling to new locales in the summer, but sometimes that doesn’t equate to a good night’s sleep. For most of us, except for those fortunate few that can fall asleep anywhere, it can be a challenge to sleep well in a hotel bed or on an airplane. A bad night’s sleep can really put a damper on your vacation, so here are some tried and true tips to sleeping well while on vacation:
- Pack Sleep Aids: Earplugs, eye masks, and a neck pillow are handy sleep aids to have on a noisy airplane. Planes can also get chilly or stuffy, so wear layers that you can easily add or remove depending on the temperature—a t-shirt and a button-up sweater are part of my go-to traveling attire.
- BYOP: This stands for “Bring Your Own Pillow”! This is hard to do if you’re traveling by plane, but I’ve found that bringing my own pillow on local trips is a real lifesaver. The familiarity and comfort of my own pillow makes falling asleep much easier.
- Bring Plenty of Water: Traveling can certainly be tiring, and that can result in dehydration. Since bottled water can’t be brought through airport security, pack an empty water bottle and fill it up once you pass through security. Be mindful of how much alcohol and coffee you drink while traveling as these beverages can make you dehydrated.
Packing a few sleep aids, comfortable clothing, your own pillow, and drinking plenty of water are a few ways you can travel more comfortably and secure a good night’s sleep while on vacation.