Our family has been on the road for six months now.
In this short amount of time, I’ve unexpectedly learned so much about myself and my family. This trip started out as an adventure to see more places, but it has evolved into so many other great benefits. Read more for three goals we have for our family in 2019.
1. Be more flexible; have an open mind
If it’s one thing I’ve learned being on the road it’s to let go and go with the flow. What I mean is if your original plan gets altered for any reason don’t freak out. Things change constantly – keeping an open mind when you’ve made plans that things may change makes life a little bit easier.
2. Live in the moment
I know living in the moment sounds very cliche. I wholeheartedly agree with you, but it’s never been truer to me than it is now. We take life for granted when we’re in our bubble of daily routines. We’ve been fortunate while traveling to slow down time a bit by living more in the moment. Sitting down and playing with our children or going for a bike ride in the middle of the day has made us more grateful for the precious moments.
3. Invest more in ourselves individually
As important as it is to invest in each other as a family, it’s just as important to invest in our own individual skills and talents. For example, my husband is the diver in the family. He wants to work on improving his diving skills. I would like to take a video editing class this year. Our youngest is into singing, why not invest in singing lessons? I think you get the point. We need to grow to be people to be better for each other.
For more about our adventures in 2019 or this past year check our website or our YouTube channel. We post weekly updates.
I know a lot of people may be wondering how the upkeep must be on maintaining healthy hair in such a small space. I’m here to tell you it is definitely possible and it’s just like living in a house. My hair regiment is very simple and I make most of my own hair products. I find the hair products found in most stores are costly and have too many chemicals that dry out my hair and leave it feeling horrible. Not only am I able to maintain my hair, but also my daughter’s hair as well. I will share some really simple tips to keep your hair healthy and beautiful in a RV.
First, set how often you need to shampoo your hair. For me and my daughter’s hair it is every two weeks. I make my own shampoo that leaves our hair feeling soft and moisturized after the wash. The shampoo I use includes raw African black soap and essential oils. It also has a fresh scent which adds a great benefit after shampooing your hair. I use a recyclable glass container which is less harsh on the environment to store it. Also, consider where you wash your hair. We clean the kitchen sink and wash our hair in it. It is just easier to do and it keeps the soap out of our eyes. Everyone has their own preference and that is ok. The only thing to really consider is if the shower or kitchen sink works for you and your method of camping. Generally we use RV parks so we always have access to dump stations and water at all times. Another suggestion if you don’t want to use all your water is use the bath house at the campground. You can use all the water you want and don’t have to walk far from your RV.
Next, after shampooing I am most concerned about retaining moisture so I use a deep conditioner to stimulate my roots and leave my hair feeling soft and light. I use a plastic cap to seal my hair after twenty minutes and wrap it in a towel to trap in heat. I also have a portable steamer which you can find on Amazon. It works and the parts breaks down which makes it really easy to store in a tiny space. It leaves your hair feeling amazing after sitting under the steamer for at least twenty minutes. I also used this on my four year old who can’t get enough of it.
Finally, I twist my hair as a protective style. There are a few reasons why I twist my hair in between styles. It is a way to manipulate my hair less so that it can grow. It also keeps my hair moisturized in between washes which helps retain length. I make a twist butter that is creamy and easy to apply that keeps my hair smelling good and healthy in between washes. It is a multipurpose product so you can use it on your body as well for the same results. This product is made with organic raw shea butter, essential oils, plus a few more oils to keep you hair shining and growing. I hope this helps and good luck on your hair journey while traveling!
I also have a Youtube video on the shampooing process for more information. Link: “How to maintain your hair in a RV”