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Having a morning commute is a lifestyle. You don’t have the luxury of waking up and hopping into a meeting in pajamas. There’s no quick getaway to the kitchen to make a fresh lunch. Commuters have to be prepared for the day before it even begins, which can cause some additional stress that remote workers have since forgotten about.
If you spend more than thirty minutes in the car on the way to and from work, it’s time to upgrade your ride. Having a go-to playlist and setting your AC to a specific temperature isn’t enough to put a pep in your step. A favorite podcast and phone calls with family may hold you over a few times per week, but creating an ambiance you can look forward to can change the way you show up to work each day.
From practical to enjoyable, these five car accessories can help you look forward to your morning commute.
Waterless Essential Oil Diffuser
Scent is one of the most powerful ways to tap into a memory, change a mood, and even improve cognitive abilities.  If you need a boost on the way to work that won’t cost $5 per day with a side of jitters, an essential oil diffuser is the way to go. This waterless, cordless option fits right into a cupholder and will gently diffuse different aromas on your drive.
Cup Holder Compatible Yeti Mug
The second cup holder essential you need is a Yeti mug. Not all Yetis fit in car cup holders, so this is the one to get. The brand lives up to the hype – this mug is sleek, leak-proof, condensation-free, and will keep your morning drink of choice hot or cold for about four hours. This way, if you want to savor your sips all the way through your first meeting of the day, you don’t need to worry about the temperature.
Memory Foam Seat Cushion
If you take a ten-minute stretch break every time you get out of the car, you need some support. This seat cushion is perfect for commuters thanks to its memory foam and non-slip design. The manufacturers claim it has a precise amount of thickness to help reduce the pressure on the coccyx. Look forward to pain-free commutes with this must-have car accessory.
Cordless Phone Charger Mount
The last thing you need to worry about on your way to and from work is a mess. Phone cords can get in the way of driving, changing the radio station, and more. This cordless mounted phone charger not only does away with wires, but it also stands perfectly on your dash in eyeline view. More than a charger, this gadget can help with easier navigation, better Bluetooth calls, and faster song switching. It’s compatible with most Samsung galaxies and iPhones.
Hydrating Face Mist
Air conditioning can cause skin to look and feel dry, especially after hours in the car every day. Having a facial mister on hand is key to moisturizing skin without lotion or messing with makeup. This thermal spring water spray helps smooth and soften skin within minutes and is perfect for feeling and looking refreshed on the go.
- Sowndhararajan, K., & Kim, S. (2016). Influence of Fragrances on Human Psychophysiological Activity: With Special Reference to Human Electroencephalographic Response. Scientia pharmaceutica. https://doi.org/10.3390/scipharm84040724
This story was originally published January 3, 2023 5:30 PM.