Guest Post by Sarah Cummings
As someone who loves to travel, I’ve had to give up a lot of luxuries. I haven’t worn heels in a year. I haven’t applied make-up in just as long (gasp!) And all those homely comforts that used to help me sleep at night – like my cosy duvet, my oh-so-soft throw pillow and my calming tinted bedside lamp – are tucked away in storage, awaiting the day I’ll eventually return.
Giving up these things made me sleep pretty badly…at first. But luckily, I found a few simple ways to bring the comfort of my bedroom on the road with me, and I’ve never looked back. And because I’m in a well-rested, generous mood, I thought I’d share them with you here. 😉
How to take your comfortable bedroom on the road
Tip #1: Take some of your personality with you
Just because you’ve carried your world on your back, doesn’t mean you need to become a total minimalist. Make whatever room you check in to feel like home by hanging up a few colorful sarongs and scarves, hooking up your phone to a set of travel speakers to enjoy your favorite playlist and even sticking up a couple of photos to bring a piece of home away with you.
If you’re going to be sticking around for a little while, add a splash of color to your surroundings with a bunch of flowers. Or check out the local markets for a pretty bedcover (a sarong will do the trick here, too!) It’s easy to transform a plain, unadorned guesthouse room into something that reflects your personality. See it as a blank canvas, to paint as you like.
Tip #2: Add some miniature luxuries
Ok, so you mightn’t be able to pack your entire wardrobe. Sigh. But if a major fashion event does come up, like getting invited to a wedding, just see it as an opportunity to get down with local style! In the meantime, you can still get away with packing a few smaller goodies from your bedroom back home.
Your favorite essential oils, a candle or two, some incense…all can be used to invoke a feeling of peace and a homely environment, wherever you are in the world. Just make sure to blow out any candles before turning in. 😉
Tip #3: Pack a sleep mask and earplugs
You may not need them in your bedroom at home but these babies are a sure-fire way to sleeping as well as you ever did in the comfort of your own bed. (Sleepedia recommends some great mattresses for your own bed – FYI.) Sleep masks are great for overcoming jet lag with pre-dawn wakefulness, or for those rowdy dormmates who insist upon throwing the fluorescents on at 3am after their pub crawl.
The earplugs will help you to drown out your new – ahem – friends too and any snore enthusiasts you might come across.
Both sleep masks and earplugs are also handy for long plane, train or bus journeys; when it may not be nighttime but you still need a few hours’ kip.
Who knows, you may even become so attached to them that they become a mainstay of your bedroom back home!
Tip #4: See how the pros do it
As with so many things in life, we can learn a lot through observation. And the only reason I even thought of taking things like essential oils, sleep masks and incense with me was from seeing how my fellow travelers brought a slice of comfort away with them…and being jealous that I didn’t think of it myself!
So now, in addition to sneaking a peek at others’ travel habits, I do my research. Sleep is something that’s really important to me at any time, but especially when I’m on the road, so I take in whatever tips I come across to help me get enough of the snoozy stuff!
This way, I’ve more energy and enthusiasm to fully enjoy my travels. With my bedroom comforts as my aid and my research as my guide, I’m able to get a great sleep in pretty much any situation.
So, there you have it…4 ways in which you can travel in comfort, and sleep in style! I hope they help you to get a better sleep on the road and to make your experiences even richer the next day.
Sweet dreams, wherever the road takes you next!
Hey, I’m Sarah. I graduated from UCLA in sun-kissed California, where I met my two colleagues at The Sleep Advisor. We’re passionate about all things sleep-related and firmly believe that we could all have a healthier, happier society if we all just slept a little better at night!