Acclimating to Different Time Zones When RV Traveling

It’s common knowledge that one gets jet lag after a long international flight, but what about when you change time zones while traveling in a motorhome rental? While it may not affect you as much as jet lag would, it is something that you’ll want to get used to. 

Whether you’re traveling from the east coast to the west coast or from north to south, there will be time changes as you go. They won’t affect you negatively, as long as you consider some things. The following are some tips to help you acclimatize to time changes while traveling in a motorhome rental:

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·         Learn about the time differences throughout the country. It’s a good idea to take a look at the different time zones in your country. While the change isn’t drastic, you still want to consider the ways that you may need to adjust your schedule and prepare your body for the change. Looking ahead can help you to plan your driving time better and also make sure that you can make the most of daylight on your trip.

·         If traveling with a baby, start preparing nap schedules ahead of time. This may also mean changing your little one’s sleep schedule to begin helping them to adapt to the time change. While it may affect your current lifestyle, it will definitely help you on your road trip. As any parent knows, nap time is a very “serious situation” when it comes to babies and toddlers. If you don’t do it right, your night time sleep can be affected. When it comes to road trips, you want as much energy and sleep as you can get.

·         Alternatively, don’t change your schedule. Some people choose to stay on their normal schedule, especially those with kids, as it is easier to return to daily schedules when you get back from the road trip. The only thing about doing things this way is that you may have to start driving when the sun isn’t out yet and adapt to the fact that where it might be lunch time in your hometown, it isn’t where you’re headed. If you can adapt to these slight changes, then you and yours could do things as you always have.

·         As you go and depending where you go, it could get darker earlier in some places. If you don’t want to drive in the dark, make sure to keep this in mind when planning your driving route. While it may get dark nice and late where you live, you may find that your afternoon in a nice park won’t work out as you had scheduled.

If you absolutely don’t like traveling in the dark, you’ll need to make sure to plan ahead in order to avoid having to be on the road when the sun has gone down.

·         Try to fit exercise into your every day schedule. Exercise can be good for your body in various ways. For example, it can help you to sleep better at night. After driving all day and sitting down, sometimes it can be difficult to get your body and mind to turn off. Exercise, such as cycling or running, can help you to be able to shut off when it’s time to.

·         Drink coffee as you set out first thing to drive in the morning, but don’t drink it too close to bedtime if caffeine affects you. If you drink coffee to stay awake while driving, avoid drinking it too close to your bedtime. Unless you hope to drive during the night, you want to be able to get a good night of rest before driving again the next day.

·         Get your rest. As you can see from the above tips, it’s very important to get your rest. If there is something that will help you to stay healthy and not go through your road trip and time changes like a zombie, it’s sleep. Do whatever you can to get as many hours as possible of shut-eye. 

Whether you are traveling with kids or traveling with friends or your spouse, you want to follow the above tips for a happy experience. If you are traveling with kids, there are many things that you will want to consider before setting out. 

The best way to ensure that your body acclimatizes to the time changes is to prepare ahead of time. As long as you are aware of the differences in daylight and schedules, you can more easily ensure that you get the most out of your trip.

This is especially important if you’re traveling in a motorhome rental and want to spend a lot of time in the outdoors. You want to be prepared to get the most out of your road trip and knowing what the days will be like is going to help.

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