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mattress • the road • whatnot
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  1. I have a lot that I need to get done today, like laundry and .
  2. Get dirty at work just kind of goes with the when you work in a restaurant.
  3. We are trying to hit around 1 o'clock so we can miss traffic.
  4. He budgeted for food and hotels during his trip, but not for the  .
  5. I can't sleep when I'm camping unless I have an air .
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584 Daily Routine

Terry talks about his daily routine on the road. (Part 3)

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air mattress

Roll up my air mattress.

An 'air mattress' is a mattress that you fill with air to sleep on if you are camping or don't have a bed.  Notice the following:

  1. If you don't have an air mattress, you will never fall asleep here.
  2. I would have been comfortable, but my air mattress had a hole in it.

hit the road

Do the daily essentials and then hit the road.

To 'hit the road' is to leave the house or begin your travels. This is an informal phrase. Notice the following:

  1. I have to try to hit the road in two hours.
  2. Are you ready?  We have to hit the road now if we want to be there by 11:00.

whatnot

Then the process starts again in setting up camp, setting up a tent and whatnot.

You can use the phrase 'whatnot' instead of listing all of the other things.  In the example, it is setting up the tent and anything else that needs to be set up for camping.  Notice the following:

  1. Make sure to bring everything you need, toothpaste and whatnot.
  2. I'm really tired from studying all day, economics and whatnot.

incidentals

It's always nice to have cash to pay for incidentals.

In this example, 'incidentals' refers to minor expenses, such as buying a new bar of soap or some food.  Notice the following:

  1. She tries not to spend a lot of money, but sometimes the incidentals add up to a lot.
  2. I'm going to walk to the shop to buy a few incidentals.

goes with the territory

I think that goes with the territory, so to speak.

If something 'goes with the territory,' it is natural and unavoidable in that situation.  Notice the following:

  1. This is a high stress job, feeling overwhelmed just goes with the territory.
  2. Buying a lot of clothes goes with the territory of working in a clothing store.

 

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