Traveling Challenges and Tips to Consider

Traveling Challenges and Tips to Consider
Traveling with fibromyalgia can be tricky. It requires planning, rest times, and grace for yourself and others. It can be daunting to travel far or engage in vacation activities that will deplete your energy, both physically and emotionally. Whether you are going on vacation, traveling for work, attending a convention, or taking a trip for some other reason, it's vital that you pack your meds. You should pack more than you need for the trip in case you run into circumstances that prevent you from returning as scheduled. I highly recommend packing the prescription bottles themselves rather than a pill container. That way you can get a refill if necessary by showing the bottle to a pharmacist. If you're flying, be sure to keep them in your carry-on, in case your luggage gets lost or delayed. When I travel, I first make a list (a few days ahead of time) of everything I need. I check off each item as I pack, using a different color pen for the original trip as well as for the return trip. I choose a lightweight case with an extendable handle. I take a few necessary clothing items and I roll them up so I can fit more items in the suitcase. I get toothbrush and soap holders for convenience. I also purchase sample sizes of my shampoo, deodorant, powder, etc. I keep any makeup items in a small bag. If I'm concerned about something leaking, I put it in a zip-close bag. If you're traveling by car, you should get out every couple of hours and walk a bit. It will help with pain and stiffness from sitting so long. Regardless of how you travel, be sure to move around a bit when you can. If you use medical devices such as a wheelchair, walker, or cane, ensure the mode of transportation you have chosen will accommodate it. I always bring my own pillow as a comfort measure
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4 comments

  1. Christine Lynch says:

    I also have had to give up travelling the past couple of years. Then I limited myself to holiday trips to see my family. But, those were the worst – given the crowds and unpredictable weather conditions. I, like you, am hoping to resume traveling in the future. When I do, it will be at the least busy travel times. Thanks for the article. It’s a comfort to know my difficulties are not unique.

    • Robin Dix says:

      Christine, you are most definitely not unique in your travel difficulties. My family knows that if they want to see me, they have to come to me. I sure hope that changes 😊

  2. Lindsey Murphy says:

    I totally understand where you’re coming from. Traveling is difficult. I recently went on a multi-day probably about 1,400 mile road trip where I drove the entire time. The key is a lot of breaks. A lot of stretching, every 2-3 hours. I had a lot of podcasts to keep my entertained and distracted. I actually prefer to drive myself or with a partner, that way I can travel at my own pace. Stop when I want and need to. That’s also a major key. It must be at your own pace. You can’t be rushed.

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