Traveling can be a struggle for anyone, but especially for someone who is constantly in pain. I know, I have been there. That doesn’t mean it isn’t possible it just means it’s going to take more strategy. Don’t worry though I have your back and I am here to report some tips that have worked for me.
1. Pack Light
Whether you are traveling near or far it’s always best to pack as light as possible. The less you have to carry the better it is for you. If you are traveling with others you could always see if you could put a few things in their bags to lighten the load.
When it comes to carry-on bags you will want to only pack the necessities. My go-to’s are my medications, my kindle, a snack, and any valuables that I don’t want in my suitcase. I have noticed that backpacks are a great option to use as it evenly distributes the weight.
Another option for those who don’t want to carry a heavy backpack would be a small rolling suitcase.
Just be careful not to trip 🙂
Traveling with a Buddy
So many times we have to unfourtnately travel alone, but when we are able to go with someone it’s always so much more relaxed. There have been plenty of times that I have an extra rough flare up due to doing too much and I always appreciate when I can have someone to help me.
The best advice I can think of is to plan as much of your trip ahead as possible. A few possible ways to do this are to get an aisle seat, get wheelchair assistance if needed and bring proper clothing.
If you are traveling by plane and typically have to get up to move around a lot a window seat might be your best friend. For anyone who feels like they need to stay seated more you may want a window seat to not have to get up for other people. It is really all about what suits your needs.
We all know how big airports are. If you are someone who has trouble walking it might be smart to book wheelchair service when you book your flight.
Knowing what is ahead can be so helpful when it comes to packing your carry-on, luggage, and medications. For instance, if you are typically cold you might want to layer up for the plane ride because nothing is worse than being uncomfortable for long rides.
Lastly, when it comes to planning ahead, ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS wear and bring comfortable shoes. I can’t emphasize how important your comfort is.
Spend a little more for better seats
Most planes have seats really close together and no leg room. If you are someone who is either claustrophobic or just needs the space it might be more beneficial in the long run to spend more and get the better seats.
Traveling and Breaks are a Must
You have to adjust what you do with how your body is. I am that person who will overdo it on the days that I don’t feel as bad and end up suffering for days.
When traveling make sure to give yourself plenty of time to relax and decompress. It could be anything from reading to writing to watching a program as long as it is something you enjoy and you are relaxed.
These are just a few of the many traveling tips I have figured out along the way and there will be plenty more as I continue to travel.