How to ace morning travel when you’re not a morning person at all

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Photo + creative direction by Genna Williams

If you’re not a morning person,

  • (if you cringe at the sound of your wake-up alarms)
  • (if you think the birds chirping outside your window can just cool it)
  • (if you’re convinced “rise + grind” only sounds good in theory)

even the prospect of kicking off an amazing trip won’t hold morning grumps at bay. Luckily, there are measures you can take to eliminate crankiness from your morning, especially if you’re getting ready to travel.

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Photo by Annie SprattΒ 

Attitude is everything. Mental well-being and physical well-being are entwined. If you do everything you can to make yourself comfortable, best believe that bright + early bus ride will be a little easier to manage mentally.

Getting rid of your ill feelings before you reach your terminal will put you in the best head space for soaking it all up and having a great trip.

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Photo by Yingchou HanΒ 

Here are five quick tips to help take a little disaster out of your morning departure.

1. Your pampering routine will help keep you grounded.
Even if you don’t feel like it at first, even the appearance of being “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” can help shift your mindset.

Condition your beard! Exfoliate your nose! Strobe on some highlighter! Do whatever it takes to help your body shine.Β If you’re looking good, then you’ll feel good.

2.Β  Your fresh ‘fit will help you feel invincible.
Your morning travel outfit should strike that delicate balance between comfortable and fly. Again: look good, feel good.

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Photo by Camila DamΓ‘sioΒ 

But of course, dress for the occasion. Aim for softer fabrics that move with your body. Dress to peel off layers for TSA or conk out on the bus.

Related: How I wrangled my life into a suitcase, a carry-on bag and one personal item

3. Your breakfast will give you the fuel you need for the long haul.
If you’re not much of a morning person, breakfast probably isn’t the most important meal of your day. That being said, you should still grab a small granola bar or piece of fruit. Eating or planning to do so later will keep you from being hangry later.

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Photo by Alisha Hieb

If you’re a coffee person, you know the drill. For your own good and the good of everyone around you: please drink a coffee.

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Photo by Tyler Nix


4. Now is your chance to relax.
If you’re not at the steering wheel, you will probably have downtime. Watch some Netflix at your gate or catch up on work one last time. If you get the chance, revel in the calm before the storm or tie up loose ends before the fun begins.

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Photo by W on Unsplash


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5. Your favorite playlist will whisk you away.
Undeniably, music sets the mood. So if you know grouchy self in the morning, do something about that.

Spotify has carved a whole niche of travel-oriented playlists: road-trip-ready sing-a-longs, rock’n’ roll bops to ground you on the plane, songs to hype you up about NYC orΒ ParisΒ orΒ SeoulΒ orΒ Rio de Janeiro, dance pop for new sights, even emo jams to helpΒ “put the day behind you.”

One playlist that caught my eye is Spotify’s “Power Commute” playlist. All the tracks on there have a strong, female vocalist in common. I’m already a sucker for badass lady musicians. The fact “Power Commute” is dominated by British favorites (favourites?) like Kate Nash, Paloma Faith, Adele, Marina Diamandis, Ella Eyre, Duffy, Florence Welch, Amy Winehouse and Hannah Reid is just the icing on the cake for me.

Let Little Mix or Future or Disturbed or Florida-Georgia Line remind you the adventure you’re embarking on will probably be fabulous and definitely worthy of an impromptu dance party.

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