Working while you are overlanding is often very nice, particularly if you are tired of being confined in the walls of your office. Whether you work from your car, van, or a campground, changing the environment might help improve your pace as well. Not to mention that once you breathe the fresh air of the campsite, you may also work with more peace of mind.
With that in mind, without the proper precautions, overlanding might also cause you to be less productive. Sometimes, it may be because you don’t have certain tools you usually use at the office. Other times, it might be because you are too easily distracted by the landscapes around you. With that in mind, here are some things that can help you stay productive even as you are overlanding.
1. Plan Your Working Time
If you are working and overlanding at the same time, you may want to carefully plan your working time. This way, you won’t fall behind on your tasks as you are going around on your trip.
For instance, if you don’t have a tight schedule and can be flexible, you can drive around in the morning, do some work at lunch, drive and explore some more later on, and do some more work in the evening. Once you create a schedule, stick to it.
2. Pick a Quiet Area
If you are overlanding and you need to get to work, you may want to avoid going into places where there’s a lot of chatter and too many cars driving around. This type of environmental noise will only serve to distract you.
Instead, you might want to find some remote area or quiet camp where you can concentrate on your tasks. If you are traveling with your family, you might want to stay in a place where you know for sure you won’t be too distracted by their noise.
3. Bring Earplugs or Headphones
If you expect to have a lot of noise around you, then you might want to make sure you do not forget your earplugs at home. Not only will it keep things quiet during the day, but it will also help you sleep throughout the night.
However, if you have the funds, you might want to consider getting a pair of noise-cancelling or noise-isolating headphones. This is mostly convenient if you want to cancel the noise around you, but you still need to hear the sounds related to your work.
4. Set the Workspace in a Covered Area
You never know when the sun may decide to send some angry UV rays your way or when the clouds release a surprise shower that can risk damaging your laptop. This is why you may want to pick a shaded, covered spot that can protect you from both sun and rain.
A good idea here would be to invest in a good tarp or a wide, 3-person tent. A tent is a good option if you need to separate yourself from the people on the camp, and it will also keep you protected.
5. Get a Good Camping Lamp
If you are working outside throughout the day while you are overlanding, then you’ll probably not need a lamp. However, if you are working during the evening or in your tent, you might want to consider getting a good camping lamp.
You should not rely entirely on the light given off by your screen or the keyboard. If you wish to be productive, then you might want to make some light around you. This way, you won’t get a case of the “sleepies” the moment you start working.
6. Set an Office
If you were planning to work while you were sitting on a blanket or somewhere else cosy, you might want to rethink that idea. Sure, it’s comfortable – and after all, you are camping. But the only thing that this position will do is remind you how good you are feeling and how you want to relax on a beautiful, sunny day.
So, when you are packing, make sure that you have a folding desk and chair in the trunk of the car as well. The more you mimic your usual working environment, the more productive you will be. You will get in the mood of “I have to get work done now,” and it won’t be as easy for you to be distracted.
The Bottom Line
Overlanding can be very relaxing and rewarding for your productivity, but if you wish to stay motivated, you need to do some work for it as well. Hopefully, our points gave you a few ideas on what to do.