How to Drive Long Distances Alone

If you’re feeling anxious about taking a big trip alone, look at the drive as an opportunity to enjoy some time to yourself. As long as you plan for traveling and prepare for emergencies, you should safely manage the drive. Pack snacks, dress comfortably, and bring your favorite music. Then, relax and enjoy the solitude as you put the miles behind you.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Getting Ready for a Trip
Plan your route and include stopping points. Decide which main roads you’ll take to get to your destination and pick any places of interest you want to see along the way. Even if you’re trying to drive straight to your destination, make notes of rest stops along the route. It’s important to plan even if you’ll be using your GPS since you might lose the signal or run out of battery.[1]
If you’re driving for several days, make an itinerary for how far you want to drive each day. For example, you might want to drive 7 hours for the first day, but only drive 5 hours the next.
Pack your car with everything you need for the trip. In addition to your luggage, bring a little cash along with your credit cards. Remember to have your license and proof of car insurance in your vehicle. It’s also a good idea to pack physical maps even if you’ll be relying on your car or phone’s GPS.[2]
If you’re crossing borders, check that your passport is still valid and pack it in a safe place in the car.
Don’t forget your phone charger, especially if you’re using the phone a lot to navigate.
Schedule a car inspection before your trip. In the week before you travel, get your car looked at by a mechanic and ask them if there are any issues to fix. Getting your car in shape could prevent mechanical emergencies during your trip. You might need to get an oil change, top up the fluids, replace an air filter, or get new tires, for instance.[3]
Do this well before your trip so you can schedule additional maintenance as needed.
Load the car with emergency car supplies. No one wants to experience a flat tire or road emergency, but it’s best to be prepared. Pack a spare tire along with any other supplies you might need. For example, if you’re traveling through a hot location and worry that your car might overheat, pack a jug of water or coolant. Consider traveling with:[4]
Jumper cables
Flashlights
First aid kit
Simple tool kit
Blanket or sleeping bag
Inform family and friends about your plans. Since you’ll be traveling alone, it’s important to let people close to you know where you’ll be. Tell them your route, let them know when you’ll be passing through each destination, and tell them you’ll contact them along the way.[5]
Email the info or write it down so your family or friends can refer back to the information.[Edit]Making the Drive Enjoyable
Wear comfortable clothes so you feel relaxed. Avoid dressing in tight, restrictive clothing since you’ll be sitting for a long time. Choose light, loose fabrics that allow you to move easily. Layer your clothes so you can stay warm or cool during your drive.[6]
If you start driving in the morning when it’s cool, you might want a fleece jacket. You can remove it later when you warm up or drive to a hotter destination.
Listen to your favorite music. Load an MP3 player with a variety of your favorite music or pack plenty of CDs. Enjoying music is a great way to pass the time during a long drive.[7]
If you don’t like listening to music in the car, find an audiobook or podcast to enjoy.
Pack healthy snacks to munch on. Keep easy-to-eat snacks in the passenger seat so you can eat something when you feel hungry. Snacking on something healthy is also a good way to stay awake since it will help you focus on something. Avoid snacking on salty foods, which can dehydrate you. Good snack options include:[8]
Granola bars
Unsalted nuts
Rice cakes
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Crackers
Bring refreshing beverages to drink so you stay hydrated. Water is one of the best drinks for a long car ride, but you could also bring coffee, tea, caffeinated drinks, or juice. Avoid drinks with a lot of added sugar, such as energy drinks, which could make you jittery.[9]
If you’d like the drinks to stay cool, put them into a small cooler and place it near the bottom of the passenger street so it’s easy to get to.
Don’t look at the clock to track how far you’ve driven. If you’re in a hurry to get to your destination, glancing at the clock every few minutes will only make you more stressed. Make a point of not looking at the clock. Instead, relax and try to enjoy the drive.[10]
Instead of focusing on how much longer you have in the car, think about how many miles you’ve put behind you.[Edit]Staying Safe While Driving Alone
Take a popular route with major roads. Stick to your travel itinerary and avoid taking shortcuts. If you do need to take a detour, follow the detour signs closely. Don’t take unmarked roads or routes that you’re unsure of.[11]
Stay on main roads so you can stop and ask for help if necessary.
Adjust your travel plans if the weather worsens and you don’t feel comfortable driving.
Follow the local traffic laws and drive below the speed limit. Always wear your seat belt and be aware of your surroundings. Avoid speeding or breaking local traffic laws. Instead, drive cautiously and safely.[12]
If you’re driving into a foreign country, it’s especially important to read about their driving laws since they might be very different than the ones you’re used to.
Pull off and take a short nap if you feel drowsy. Find a safe, well-lit location and park your car. Lock your doors and close your eyes for 20 to 30 minutes. It’s better to take a little time to rest than risk getting into an accident by driving drowsy.[13]
Start your journey after a good night’s sleep so you’re less likely to be tired on the drive.
Drink something caffeinated before you rest so you wake up feeling more energized.
Avoid talking on the phone or texting while you drive. It’s illegal to talk on a cell phone or text in many areas, so don’t use your phone or you may get a ticket. Talking on the phone or texting distracts you when you should be focusing on your surroundings.[14]
If you do need to take a call, pull off to a safe spot and have your conversation.
Having a hands-free phone call is just as distracting as holding the phone up to your ear, so avoid using a headset to call someone.
Take rest breaks to recharge. Getting out of the car for a few minutes to stretch your legs and use the restroom is a simple way to break up the drive. You can use these short breaks to contact friends or family and tell them where you’re at.[15]
Stop at designated rest stops or well-lit businesses. Avoid taking a break on the side of the road or in an unsafe area.[Edit]Tips
Pay attention to signs that show how far away the next service station is and don’t wait until your gas tank is on empty before refueling.
Carry a gasoline container with a gallon of gasoline, in case your car runs out before you are able to reach a service station. Make sure you read all the instructions on the canister and store it safely.
Keep your mind engaged by playing the alphabet game. Repeat the alphabet by taking one letter from each sign, billboard, advertising on trucks, or license plate.[Edit]Warnings
Remember that each state and country has different laws. If you’re traveling across borders, do some research about the local rules of the road.
Don’t share personal details about yourself or your travel plans to strangers.[Edit]Related wikiHows
Make a Long Distance Relationship Work
Stay Awake when Driving
Decide Whether to Go Somewhere Alone[Edit]References↑ https://solotravelerworld.com/road-trip-alone/

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Today in History for 16th January 2020

Historical Events

1863 – -Aug 23rd) Cruise of CSS Florida
1887 – Cliff House damaged when powder cargo of schooner “Parallel” explodes
1908 – Pinnacles National Monument, California established
1938 – 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)
1958 – William Gibson’s “Two for the Seesaw” premieres in NYC
1960 – Detroit right wing Gordie Howe scores a goal and assist in his 888th career game, a 3-1 win at home over Chicago; becomes NHL’s all time leading scorer, with 947 points passing Montreal’s Maurice Richard

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Famous Birthdays

1910 – David McCampbell, US Navy captain, fighter pilot, and Medal of Honor recipient (WW II, Pacific theatre, downed 34 Japanese planes), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 1996)
1928 – John William Fozard, aircraft designer
1956 – Martin Jol, Dutch football manager, born in The Hague, Netherlands
1964 – Trevor Barsby, Australian cricketer (Queensland opening batsman since 1984-85), born in Brisbane, Australia
1973 – Josie Davis, American actress (Sarah-Charles in Charge) [or Jun 19], born in Los Angeles, California
1980 – Lin-Manuel Miranda, American composer and playwright (In The Heights, Hamilton), born in New York City

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Famous Deaths

1750 – Ivan Trubetskoy, Russian field marshall, dies at 82
1817 – Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier, dies at 57
1981 – Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
1992 – Roselle Novelle, silent film actress, dies at 95
2007 – Thornton James “Pookie” Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- “Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite”), dies of cancer at 72
2018 – Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin’ the Law), dies at 69

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How to Use CBD Oil for Massage

CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the hemp and marijuana plants. While the research is still in its early stages, there’s promising evidence that CBD oil can help relieve pain and inflammation from conditions such as arthritis when it’s applied to the skin.[1] Many people who have tried CBD oil massage also swear by it as a remedy for tense or sore muscles. If you’re interested in CBD oil massage, purchase a balm, lotion, or cream from a reputable manufacturer and try it on yourself, or visit a massage therapist for a professional CBD massage. Either way, check with your doctor first to make sure CBD is safe for you.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Choosing the Right Product
Choose products that are third-party verified. Since CBD products are still poorly regulated in many areas, it’s important to buy from reputable companies that work with third party testing labs so you know you’re getting what you pay for. Look for products that come with a certificate of analysis (COA) containing information about how the product was tested.[2]
The COA should include information about where the testing was performed and what was in the test results (for example, how much CBD is in the product and whether it contains any impurities or contaminants).
For information about accredited labs that work with CBD products in the U.S., visit the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) National Accreditation Board’s search database and look for “cannabidiol” or “CBD”: http://search.anab.org/.
Avoid products that make unverified claims. It’s against FDA regulations for a company to claim that their CBD product can treat or cure any diseases or health conditions. If the manufacturer’s claims about their product seem too good to be true, they probably are. This is a red flag that these products may not be safe or reliable.[3]
For example, be cautious of claims that CBD oil products can treat, cure, or prevent conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, or arthritis.
Check the label for ingredients that may cause irritation or allergies. CBD by itself is thought to be fairly safe when applied topically.[4] However, some topical CBD products may contain other ingredients that can cause irritation, allergic reactions, or other health issues. Check the ingredient label closely to make sure it doesn’t list any ingredients you want to avoid.[5]
For example, if you have sensitive skin, watch out for products that contain perfumes or dyes.
Since topical CBD is usually dissolved in a carrier oil, check that the carrier isn’t derived from a plant that you are allergic to. For instance, avoid using CBD in an almond oil carrier if you’re allergic to almonds or almond oil.
In addition to allergens and irritants, you may also want to avoid other potentially harmful ingredients, like parabens.
Select a product with more concentrated CBD for stronger relief. CBD topicals come in a variety of strengths, which are usually measured in milligrams (mg). For example, a 600 mg product will be significantly stronger than a 150 mg product. If you need more powerful relief or want to use a smaller amount of the product with each massage, go for a higher concentration of CBD.
Keep in mind that more concentrated products will be more expensive than those with smaller quantities of CBD in them.[6]
Get full-spectrum CBD oil for more powerful results. Topical CBD treatments can also contain other cannabinoids, such as THC.[7] Since both CBD and THC have pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, you may find a combination of the 2 even more helpful than CBD alone.[8] If they are legal in your area, look for products advertised as “full spectrum,” which contain all the cannabinoids found in the hemp or marijuana plant, rather than just CBD.
THC is the compound in marijuana plants that causes you to feel high if you smoke or ingest marijuana. There’s also a very small amount of THC in hemp.
You’re unlikely to experience a high from using a product containing THC on your skin. You’d have to use a very concentrated oil over a very large portion of your body to feel any significant psychoactive effects.[Edit]Self-Massaging with CBD Oil
Mix CBD oil with a carrier oil to make your own massage oil. If you don’t want to buy a commercially made CBD topical, you can make your own by mixing a powdered CBD isolate or a CBD extract or tincture with a carrier oil, such as coconut or olive oil. You can also combine some of the tincture or isolate with your favorite body lotion.[9]
For example, you could mix ½ g of a 99% CBD isolate with of the carrier oil of your choice to make a 500 mg CBD massage oil. If you like, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender or chamomile.
You can also mix an extract (which is CBD oil already mixed with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil) with each of a combination of your favorite oils, such as jojoba, sweet almond, and rosehip.
Do a search for “CBD massage oil recipe” to find numerous recipes for balms, lotions, and salves that you can make yourself using CBD isolate or tincture.
Rub the CBD ointment or balm directly on sore or tense areas. Topical CBD treatments work best when you apply them directly to the area where you want to feel relief.[10] Smooth the product into your skin directly over any tense, sore, or aching muscles or joints.
For example, you might massage the product into your calves and thighs if they’re sore after a workout.
Warm up your muscles with larger strokes to get started. Use the heels of your hands or a massage tool to make long, gliding strokes along the length of the muscle or joint you would like to massage. This will help warm up your muscles and improve circulation to the area, which will make a more targeted massage more effective.[11]
These gliding strokes will help work the CBD oil into your skin. Additionally, the oil will provide lubrication and make it easier for you to pass your hands or the tool over your skin.
Target knots and painful areas with smaller strokes. Once you’ve warmed up your muscles, you can concentrate on specific areas of pain or discomfort. Use your fingers or massage tool to press or rub on pressure points or do deeper, firmer strokes along the length of a sore muscle.[12]
Don’t worry too much about doing specific movements or targeting particular points on your body. Do whatever feels best, and stop if whatever you are doing is making your pain or discomfort worse.
Use a muscle roller or other massage tool for a deeper massage. To work out deep knots and tension in your muscles while also getting the beneficial effects of a CBD oil massage, use a tool like a rolling pin, tennis ball, or muscle roller.[13]
You can also use massaging tools that relieve pain and tension using heat, vibration, or pressure. If you’re using a tool with electronic components, check the manual to make sure it’s safe to use with oils, creams, or lotions.
Apply the product as often as recommended on the label. How often you should use your CBD massage product will depend on the product and your personal needs. The label on the product should give you some guidelines about how frequently you can use it for the best results.[14]
For example, the label may recommend applying the product every 4-6 hours.
You can also ask a doctor, physical therapist, or massage therapist how often to massage yourself with a CBD product.
Stop using the product if you experience side effects. It’s very rare for CBD to cause side effects or allergic reactions when applied to the skin. However, it’s possible you could have a reaction to another ingredient in the product you’re using.[15] Stop using the product if you experience symptoms such as a rash, itching, pain, or redness.
See your doctor if you have a severe rash or if the symptoms don’t clear up on their own in a few days after you stop using the product.
Get emergency medical care if you experience symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, a rapid heartbeat, fainting, nausea and vomiting, or swelling in your face, lips, tongue, or throat.[Edit]Getting Professional Help
Talk to your doctor before using CBD oil. Although topical use of CBD oil is considered very safe, it’s still a good idea to check with your doctor first. Let them know if you are using any other medications or topical treatments, since it’s possible they might interact with the CBD oil.[16]
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, or have any other health concerns.
If you have any skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema, ask your doctor if you can use CBD oil safely on the affected skin.
Call your doctor if you have persistent muscle or joint pain. If you have muscle or joint pain that’s severe or doesn’t go away with home treatment or professional massage, talk to your doctor. There may be an underlying issue that needs to be treated.
See your doctor about muscle pain accompanied by redness, swelling, a fever, or a rash. You should also make an appointment if you think the pain is being caused by a medication you’re taking.[17]
If you have persistent swelling, pain, and stiffness in your joints, see your doctor. These are common symptoms of arthritis.[18]
Visit a massage therapist who works with CBD for a professional massage. Some massage therapists incorporate CBD products into their practice.[19] If you’re interested in trying a professional CBD massage, do a search using terms like “CBD massage near me.”
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask your massage therapist ahead of time. For example, you could ask, “Do your products contain other cannabinoids, like THC?”[Edit]References↑ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/

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