Simple Tips To Help Survive the Commute!

Simple Tips To Help Survive the Commute!

I used to work from home full-time, and I spoke about the pros and cons of that here. However the last few months since starting my new role I am office based. And whilst that has been fab in some ways, I have really not enjoyed going back to doing the commute!

When I worked from home I really missed the office vibe and felt isolated, I love that I’m back in an office environment. I just wish it wasn’t one I had to travel to by public transport ha!

The commute is not a particularly fun – it’s busy, hot and you can end up feeling exhausted before your day has truly begun! Especially when your commute is taking you through central London! That being said, if you commute ‘wisely’ you can get more out of that time.

Here are some simple tips to help you survive the commute and have you turning up for work with a smile on your face… Ok, I can’t guarantee that last part but these tips should help! They’ll also help for travelling in general, not just for the commute.

Simple tips to help survive the commute

Stay Hydrated

I LOVE my coffee in the mornings. In fact, my morning coffee, prepared by my husband Scott, is one of the only reasons I haul my butt out of bed. That and the fact that I can’t afford to get fired 😉

Usually, I drink a cup whilst getting ready and then fill my travel mug with what is left in the caffetiere. My travel mug is an insulated one that keeps the coffee warm whilst I travel.

I also always ensure that I have a fresh bottle of cold water in my bag for the commute. It get’s really hot on the buses and underground and I get easily flustered and thirsty.

I use a reusable bottle as I’m all about minimising plastic waste (read more about that here). This bottle can then be reused throughout the day. It’s really important to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day, plus it’s good for your complexion! *win-win*

Keep Fresh on the Commute

There’s nothing worse than being squeezed in underneath someone’s stinky pit on the tube! I am short and always seem to end up with someone’s armpit across my head. Thankfully most travellers have showered and don’t smell so bad but there’s always one!

Simple tips to help survive the commute

I’ll be the first to admit that when it’s hot and cramped on the underground I can start getting sweaty. That’s just a natural reaction of the body to heat after all. However, I do always shower in the morning and I make sure that I have a few essentials to help me feel fresh on the commute.

Body/ Face wipes – I recently purchased some Faith in Nature 3-in-1 biodegradable wipes. They are eco-friendly but not too pricey. I use them to freshen up my face or under my arms when I’ve finished the hot and sweaty commute!

Deodorant – My favourite is the Mitchum powder fresh antiperspirant and deodorant stick. However, I’m thinking of changing to a natural alternative.

Cooling Face Mist – I use the Liz Earle Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic Spritzer. I bought a bottle from John Lewis which I keep in my handbag. It’s really refreshing, hydrating and helps me cool down.

Antibacterial Gel – The thought of all the germs on public transport makes me feel a little queasy. Especially at this time of year when every other person seems to have a cold! I keep a mini bottle of anti-bac gel in my bag. Perfect for making you feel a little less grim after gripping the handrail trying to stay upright on a shuddery bus!

Listen to Music or a Podcast

I try and zone out a bit when travelling to work. If by some miracle, I get a seat, then I like to crochet or read. Most of the time, however, I am stood up squashed in between other commuters. When that happens I just plug in my headphones and amp up the volume to help drown out the constant noise around me. If you’ve ever been on a packed London bus you’ll know how annoying that button the driver presses is – the one that says ‘please move down inside the bus’. I swear the driver on Friday pressed it so often I wanted to pull the console out!

Simple tips to help survive the commute

One good way to make proactive use of your time on the commute is to listen to a Podcast or a Ted Talk. I’m listening to a podcast called ‘My dad wrote a porno‘ at the moment (so bloody funny!). Last week I listened to a fascinating Ted Talk about capsule wardrobes.

Pack a Mini Fan

No matter what time of year it is – the commute in London rush hour is a hot and sticky business. I have a mini fan which I keep in my bag.  Yes, I probably look like an idiot when I pull it out however within minutes I just know all the other people on the journey are jealous ha!

Use your time wisely

Just like listening to music or a podcast you can use your time wisely on the commute. I like to use mine to respond to emails about the blog and draft out blog posts. Sometimes I’ll use that time to message friends – a quick WhatsApp or text can really make someone else’s day better.

I also tend to post to Instagram during my morning commute and respond to any comments or messages on there. As well as my own Instagram account I run the Travel Bloggers Club account so I will spend a few minutes posting on there too.

If I’m in the right frame of mind I’ll use my Duolingo app to practice a new language. At the moment I am trying to learn Swedish. Or I’ll write up my priority ‘to-do’ list for the day.

Simple Tips To Help Survive the Commute!

So there you go – a few simple tips to help you survive the commute or any journey!

What are your favourite ways to get through the commute or travelling?



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  • Reply lexieanimetravel October 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Such a great tips, I am a regular commuter and I take train everyday to go to work, sometimes its unbearable when you travel with those people (smelly and untidy). Mini fan is not a bad idea (in hot countries) I love to drink a cup of coffee before starting my day. thanks for this!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 8, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Thanks Alexine! Even in relatively cool countries (like England) the fan can come in super handy simply because it get’s so hot squeezed into the carriages on the tube!

  • Reply five little doves October 8, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Use your time wisely is great advice! I have recently started using car journeys (as a passenger!) to catch up on blogging work and comments, I find it so easy to get things done in the car as when I’m home I’m doing ten things at once!

  • Reply Beth @ October 8, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Oh, I couldn’t handle a commute to work at the moment. Great tips on how to survive it though! I would definitely make use of the time.

  • Reply Elizabeth October 8, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I think commuting is when audiobooks would really come into their own. Thankfully I work from home so I don’t have to worry about other people’s sweaty armpits, lol!

  • Reply Kimberly Kruty October 9, 2017 at 12:34 am

    I drink so much coffee to survive my day its ridiculous lol. Although my commute isn’t long, I used to have to drive a decent way to my job and sitting in traffic made me go crazy. I haven’t tried listening to a podcast or audiobook yet but I think I’ll have to try it ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Kimberly Kruty October 9, 2017 at 12:34 am

    I drink so much coffee to survive my day its ridiculous lol. Although my commute isn’t long, I used to have to drive a decent way to my job and sitting in traffic made me go crazy. I haven’t tried listening to a podcast or audiobook yet but I think I’ll have to try it ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Tyra October 9, 2017 at 2:31 am

    I’m fortunate that this year my commute to work isn’t long, however being productive makes the ride go faster. I love reading the news or catching up on Social media and doing blog stuff. Here in China they stop at every stop, so you can imagine how much work I can get done. I do want to try and listen to a podcast more.

  • Reply Heraa October 9, 2017 at 6:09 am

    I can totally relate to this. One of so many reasons I have decided to work from home but I do miss office environment. I also used to listen music to distract myself from all what was going around.

  • Reply Travelquartz October 9, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Alex.. I seriously got lost on this post because there are so many good tips here and I didn’t want to miss any. Glad I follow a few but some I need to start like the language app and listening to Ted talk. I personally hate to waste my time and these tips are awesome. You are a helpful person by sharing such tips. Thank you

  • Reply Michael October 9, 2017 at 8:07 am

    The tube is one thing that I dislike about London, that’s why I cycle to most places. I had enough of being squashed like sardines along with loads of people whose idea of a shower is a quick damp cloth under the armpits.

  • Reply Newcastle Family Life October 9, 2017 at 8:09 am

    These are great tips, I am a stay at home mum at the moment but before kids I hated the long commute to work x

  • Reply Helene October 9, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Really useful tips! I used to hate my commute in London because it really is one of the most crowded ones… Now it isn’t so bad in Madrid:) I get nauseous if I read on the metro though, so I listen to music even though I’d much rather read!

  • Reply Aditi October 9, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Don’t we all need these tips daily? Thanks for compiling them so beautifully. I love a good face wipe, but haven’t tried a cooling face mist yet. Coming to music- music is my medicine. 🙂 Cheers!!

  • Reply Rhian Westbury October 9, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I have never had to commute on trains and the idea of doing this fills me a little with dread as I don’t fancy having to be stuck on a busy train. I’d rather leave earlier or walk between stations if possible x

  • Reply Fashion and Style Police October 9, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I hate commuting. I found it very long and annoying. Happy I don’t have to do that since I work from home now. I listened to music and read books to pass time.

  • Reply Emma Lofthouse-Burch October 9, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I am so lucky to have never had to commute. Great tips for those that do.

  • Reply Heidi Brown October 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    I have never really had to do a long commute, recently I had to drive to another office twice a month, that was bad enough!

  • Reply Mudpie Fridays October 9, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I find travelling on the train such dead time. I have started taking my personal laptop with me so that I can blog! although pod casts is a great idea so I may give that a go too!

  • Reply Rahat Arora October 9, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Nice tips and most important tip I find for me is to use time wisely in every aspect.

  • Reply DTG October 9, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Loved reading this, I totally feel what you are saying, luckily I don’t have to use the train to work or public transport, due to some of your reasons. Great tips for when I need to. Loved the bit about your coffee routine haha I am the same, otherwise my brain cannot function.

  • Reply Cal at Family Makes October 9, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Thankfully I’ve never had to commute on public transport, although a driving commute has it’s pitfalls too! Not pits on the tube though, that sounds gross!! I like your tips, they make a lot of sense, especially to those of us not used to public transport who find it a culture shock when we do have to use it!

  • Reply Nadia October 10, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I’m so happy I don’t have to commute, but these are fab tips for anyone doing so.

  • Reply Noel October 10, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Commuting is another fun way to enjoy your travels are you can get up close with the locals. However, if it has to be done on a daily basis… might as well forget about it. Hahaha.

  • Reply Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels October 10, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Great tips – I am so lucky that I don’e have to commute – I work from home! Kaz

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