We've been on the road full time in our small RV now for almost three months. It's been a wild ride, and truthfully not one that we could adequately prepare for. When we ripped out the couch, pre-full time, we were doing so to gain some space in the slide. We never would have expected that the storage would have been welcomed on the road. Nor would we have thought that the queen pull-out bed in the couch may be a bit more comfortable than the bunk.
Don't get me wrong, I love our bunk bed. There's this throw-back to being a kid every time I climb that ladder and nestle in for the night. It's safe and snug, and definitely keeps us warm when the temp drops down. The issue though was that it just wasn't all that comfortable.
I can't stress enough how important a good night's sleep is while on the road. The smallest things can rouse you from a deep sleep and ruin your entire mood, especially when you're dry docking all over the city. Safety is our main concern, making sure we're some place that doesn't put us in danger. But also noise levels, traffic, construction, those noisy Austin birds that are like a weird crow-mockingbird hybrid. But also, comfort. It just didn't seem like we were all that comfortable in our bed.
So, we decided to treat ourselves to a little upgrade. After working out asses off at ACL Fest, and securing our next job at Formula 1 Austin, we decided that spending our hard-earned money on a few bed upgrades were necessary and absolutely welcomed.
hydraluxe air cooling pillow
I've never been one to buy into the gimmicks of these revolutionary pillows. A pillow is a pillow and each is soft and special in its own way. Yet, there was something about the Hydraluxe Air that I needed to disprove, because I'm a realist at heart and could not understand for the life of me how this thing can cool from the inside out.
So, I hugged it. At Bed, Bath & Beyond. And guess what, the damn thing was cool. Really cool. Like sticking your arm out the window cool. Which was absolutely perfect for us because dry docking doesn't leave much in the way of AC here in Austin. Purchase #1 was a success. I recommend this pillow to anyone looking to slide their arms under their head at night, or for those lovers of the cold side of the bed. A worthy purchase.
dream Serenity active support foam Mattress Topper
A mattress topper is crucial for all you full-time RV people out there. RV mattresses aren't like normal mattresses which means they aren't super supportive for your back. Many a-time Vanessa and I woke up in the mornings with back pain, or tossed and turned at night because we couldn't get comfortable. We bought a mattress pad prior to hitting the road but realized it just wasn't enough. We could still feel everything below it. So, the Dream Support mattress pad from Walmart was a great buy for us. We got the queen size, which is a little big, but it works. We paired it with our mattress pad and it is absolutely perfect. 10x more comfortable now than before.
Note: the packaging was a little odd and the actual topper itself isn't all too eye-catching. Plus there was a weird smell initially. But we let it unroll and take shape and air out and we were in business.
Comfort on the road is important. Full-time RV travel can be quite demanding on your body. This is why we wanted to upgrade our sleeping experience to feel rested and relaxed every step of the way.
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