10 Tips To Help You Travel Comfortably
Most of us like to go to both new, and familiar places to see family, friends, or just visit new destinations. Having chronic illness or chronic pain can make traveling very uncomfortable. Here are 10 tips to help us travel comfortably, and enjoy ourselves as much as possible.
- Make travel and lodging arrangements as far ahead as reasonably possible.
- Talk to customer service for any accommodations you need for plane, train, ship, or bus travel.
- Make sure you have enough medication with you for the length of your trip, a few days extra in case of emergency, and for the first couple days home.
- Bring your health insurance card(s), a list of your current medications/supplements, and health history in case of illness or accident.
- Travel with lightweight, portable medical equipment.
- Take a jacket or sweater, and an umbrella depending on the weather where you’re going.
- Take whatever pillows you need for comfort while away from home.
- Try to keep up with the laundry, and dishes before you leave so you don’t come home to a mess.
- Remember to rest, drink enough liquids while on vacation, and listen to your body.
- Resist the temptation to overdo it, and be kind to yourself and your fellow travelers.
- Take care of tasks that will need done while you’re gone. For ex. pay bills, water plants, arrange a pet sitter, and someone to bring in the mail. Or have your mail held at the post office.
And for a bonus tip, plan downtime when you return home. If you would like more in-depth information you can check out the three part series on Traveling with Chronic Illness here.
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Till next time, Kathy