Healthy Sleep

How to Sleep in a Car Comfortably on a Road Trip

Going on a road trip can be everyone’s dream budget trip, where one can enjoy the flexibility and tranquillity of driving their own car.

To further reduce the budget of a road trip, or when the time is of the essence, one might need to sleep in their own car.

But there might be some concerns as to the comfort and safety of sleeping in one’s car.

There are some preparations one should take to ensure sleeping in the car does not compromise their safety or sleep quality.

Make Safety Your Top Priority

On top of sleep quality, your safety should be the primary concern. A car may not provide security like your house, but it can be greatly improved with the following precautions:

  1. Find a quiet and secure place to park the car. Many locations don’t allow for overnight parking, so checking the local traffic regulations is a must to avoid receiving a fine or having your car towed.

  2. Park your car away from main roads, entrances and exits. Do some research on the local area before deciding on the location.

  3. Always turn the engines off and lock your car. Keep your keys in a secure place and make sure valuables are well hidden.

  4. To allow fresh air into the car, slightly open the windows or the sunroof.

  5. Wake up every couple of hours [as needed] to warm the car up under very cold weather conditions.

  6. On sunny days, park your car under the shade to keep it from overheating. In some extreme cases, people have died sleeping inside hot cars.

  7. Take your valuable possessions with you when you get out of the car and always stay vigilant of your surroundings.

Comfortable Bedding is Essential to Create a Mobile Bedroom

Making your car feel extra homely and comfortable is crucial if you want to get a good quality sleep on the road.

Here are some tips that can help you create a mobile bedroom:

  1. Bring your favourite pillow and quilt in. This can simulate a familiar feeling similar to that of your home bedroom!

  2. When travelling in cold weather, do not rely on the car’s heater alone. Bring some extra blankets or a sleeping bag to wrap yourself around with.

  3. Recline the front seat so you can lie down like you normally would when sleeping in a bed.

  4. Alternatively, you can curl up in the back seat, which may not be so different from sleeping on a couch.

  5. Should your car model allow for it, fold down the back seat area to create some extra room.

  6. If you are sleeping when the car is in motion, do not forget to sit up and buckle your seatbelt. You can rest your head on a pillow to add more comfort.

Create a Familiar Environment

If you're one of those who has trouble falling asleep in an unfamiliar environment, creating a home-like atmosphere can help you fall asleep faster.

Simple tricks like turning on soothing music, reading a bed-time story, or even meditating in the car can help you get used to the new sleeping environment more quickly and comfortably.

Turn off the lights in the car at night and cover up the windows if you are sleeping during the day. It gives you both privacy and a healthy sleep environment.

Don’t forget to pack some water and food with you as you will always need it.

Follow the above tips to turn your car into a safe and cosy mobile bedroom, but a hotel or your house is always your top option for a worry-free night’s sleep.