So I’m taking a post-baccalaureate summer class. And since it’s post-bacc and I’m no longer living at school, I have the pleasure of being exposed to (for the first time in two years) a daily commute on a local bus through four zones in my lovely state. I forgot how much I disliked the commute and for someone who has motion sickness like me, a bus driver who’s rough with the brake pedal can be a one-way ticket to nausea and vomiting. Not fun.
Some of the things I’ve had to combat on this dust-filled, sweaty, body-odorous journey are things like:
- hot, dry skin
- the sun beating down from my bus stop walk to my destination
- heat, heat, heat
- stagnant air on the bus
- body odor (hopefully not my own)
So, here’s my list of “commuter essentials” for all you savvy travelers out there. Get off the struggle busy and get on with glamorous!
- Destress! Get to the bus stop early (I usually get there approximately ten to fifteen minutes prior to the arrival of the bus) and I sit down, get out my bus fare and am all ready to go when the bus shows up. Another thing that I also like to do (don’t know if this is an option everywhere), but I ask the driver for a round trip ticket so that it saves me from having to rummage around for fare at the end of my day.
- Refresh! Like I said, I get to the bus stop early, so I like to use that time (especially at the end of my day) to use some of my favorite products: face powder (to get some of that icky summer sticky off my face and give me some matte-lookingm gorgeous skin), my homemade rosewater facial mist (recipe later this week, I promise!). Once on the bus, I apply some chapstick, After Sun lotion with Aloe and pop a piece of candy in my mouth (sugar helps relieve headaches!)
- Settle in. On buses, I try to make myself as comfortable as possible. I sit towards the front, on the outside seat, which allows me to sit or lean on my backpack in order to lie down for a quick nap!
- Pass the time! I can’t read on a bus, but I love, love, love music and/or podcasts or audiobooks! Do anything that’ll relax you and make the ride more enjoyable.