Quick, what words do you associate with your daily commute? We’re guessing these words are more along the lines of “long, annoying, traffic, rage-filled” than “productive, serene, best part of my day.”

Please no traffic gif from The Hills

We’re here to help you change that. Make the most of your commute by having these items on hand.

The Right Playlist or Podcast

Having something on hand to muffle the noises of your fellow commuters and the surrounding traffic can be the key to keeping your morning commute rage-free. If you’re not a morning person, try pairing a peppy playlist with the coffee in your spill-proof travel mug. Expecting a busy day? Classical music can relax you and decrease anxiety levels, or try an audio meditation guide for a mindful commute and to truly zone out.

You can also take advantage of your commute time by listening to an educational podcast. A few of our favorites? TED Radio Hour, Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell, and Radiolab. Hey, did you know that Goliath from the Bible probably had a disorder called acromegaly that accounted for his giant size, but also probably caused him to have horrible vision? Yeah, that’s just something we learned in a podcast, NBD.

Pro tip: while you’re rocking out, zoning out, or learning out, put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode for an extra boost of serenity. We promise, your work emails can wait until you actually arrive at the office.

A Notebook and Pen

Sure, with your phone at your fingertips, actually jotting things down on physical paper seems a little archaic. But whether you’re writing shopping lists, prepping for an upcoming meeting, or simply doodling, you’re incurring more mental benefits than you think (plus, we can’t lie — there’s nothing as satisfying as crossing out something on a list).

Actually, doodling might be one of the best things you can do on your commute to prepare for your workday. Doodling helps you generate ideas and concentrate during meetings by engaging your brain’s processes. Plus, it’s an outlet for your everyday creativity that might have otherwise been stifled. There’s a reason those adult coloring books are so popular right now, you know.

Essential Oils

This one’s for those of you who commute in your own car (we’re pretty sure everyone on the bus or train would kick you off if you wafted essential oils in their vicinity, sadly).

Commuting is better with your coffee in a vacuum insulated stainless steel travel mug

Try inhaling a drop of lavender or lemon oil, which is purported to lower anxiety and counteract any weird smells you might have in your car (hey, we’ve all got that old pair of running shoes “just in case” we decide to go to the gym on a whim).

Comfy Pair of Shoes

Speaking of shoes, take the literal pain out of your commute and have an extra pair of shoes on hand just for commuting, especially if you work in a formal office where you’re expected to wear dress shoes daily. Or, if you’re opposed to toting a pair of shoes around during your commute, keep your fancy shoes at the office and wear the non-blistering shoes to and from work. Trust us, it’s a small move that makes a huge difference.

Spill-Proof Travel Mug

The last thing you want on your commute is a deluge of coffee drips down the front of your shirt. Invest in a spill-proof travel mug and you’ll never have to worry about that again. We engineered AUTOSEAL® travel mugs to help you get through your commute stain-free — all you have to do is press a button to sip, and release to automatically seal. We also added in THERMALOCK™ vacuum insulation to ensure that your coffee stays hot for the entire trip (you’re welcome).

 

Your commute takes up a significant part of your work week — you might as well make it enjoyable. With these tools in your back pocket and a strong mug of coffee, you’ll finish your commute feeling relaxed and ready for the day ahead.

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