It’s great being on the road and touring, but it’s not without it’s pitfalls. Here are my top tips on how to survive on the road without doing too much damage to yourself or anyone else.
Find your happy place. Have a way to calm and centre yourself in stressful situations (because there will be plenty). I find listening to music I love, exercising or meditation is a great way to do this.
Stretch daily. Whether you’re on a sleeper bus, in a splitter, car or a plane, you’re doing to be in uncomfortable or potentially cramped environments for long periods of time. It doesn’t take long before backs and shoulders start aching, to the point of possibly not being able to do your job, so combat it by taking 15 minutes a day for a simple stretching routine.
Give people their space. Everyone is going to have quiet, or low energy days. Don’t make a big deal of it, just maybe a quick check to see if they’re alright – if they say they are, leave them to it. There’s nothing more annoying than someone trying to hype you up when you’re exhausted and just want some quiet time.
Take a walk. Try and get some fresh air every day and take a walk to clear your head. It’s so easy to slip into the monotony of bus, venue, bus, venue (or hotels if you’re doing it that way). It’s a fast track to go insane!
Keep yourself clean. No-one likes a smelly compadre!
Keep a routine. It can be a simple one of just eating, showering, and soundcheck then it’s a free-for-all until the show. For me I try to incorporate some sort of fitness and then do some work (like this blog). It keeps me feeling productive and connected to the outside world.
Good luck with all your touring, and if you have any other tips, leave them in the comments!