TEN TERRIFIC TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE ARTHRITIC
In case you’ve been wondering where Arthritis Wisdom has been, we have been on vacation! Woot woot! It was a fabulous trip, and the success was due to planning ahead and utilizing TEN TERRIFIC TRAVEL TIPS!
Getting away for a little rest and relaxation is so important for everyone, but especially important when you have RA (rheumatoid arthritis). A great way to reduce stress is to remove yourself from the daily grind and purpose to slow it down and rest the weary body! Without careful planning travel can be quite stressful, so here are the ten terrific travel tips we put together to keep the trip fun.
Tip Number One: Plan Plenty of Rest in Itinerary
When deciding where to go for your vacation, think of a destination that will allow you plenty of opportunities to rest. Do not over schedule your days so you end up exhausted. Being away from home and your normal routine is to be refreshing, not a stressful event. Allow ample time for meals, down time and rest.
Tip Number Two: Stay Hydrated
Bring a refillable water bottle to keep with you at all times. When we are out of our usual element it is easy to forget to stay hydrated. This is especially important at higher altitudes. I like the refillable bottle idea to be more eco-friendly!
Tip Number Three: Check Your Luggage When Flying
I know it is an added expense, but checking the luggage is simply being kind to my joints. Making connections can be tricky enough without the added burden of pulling a bag around! It also gets tricky lifting the bag into the overhead bin and removing it at the end of the flight. A point to be made here is to keep all your medication with you in your smaller carry on item. Whenever you check your bag, unfortunately, there is a risk it can get lost or delayed.
Tip Number Four: Keep Your Medication With You
Get in the habit of keeping your medication with you. Do not risk losing it or forgetting it somewhere. Most pharmacies sell weekly planner pill containers if you don’t want to bring your entire 90 day supply! The containers fit easily in purse or back pack. The containers can also help with your compliance while out of your usual routine by easily indicating if you had your scheduled dose. This is very important as we want to keep the stress level at a minimum. Missing doses of our medication can be stressful to our body.
Tip Number Five: Plan for Proper Storage of Your Medication
This is another reason you want to keep your medication with you. Do not leave your medications in a vehicle while you are elsewhere. Vehicles get very hot in the sun can reach temperatures that could compromise the integrity of the medication. At the other extreme, a vehicle can get very cold in the winter, which could also compromise the integrity of the drug. Biologics need to be refrigerated. Most of the manufacturers provide a handy cooler pouch for their product. I’ve used them a lot. Be sure to pop an alcohol swab or two in the pouch for use when you give the injection. I also tear or cut the label from the medication box and stick it in the pouch. I’ve never had problems with the airport screeners, but it makes it clear what is in the syringe and that it is legitimate. TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has a link with helpful suggestions.
Tip Number Six: Keep a Snack With You
I like to keep a bag of nuts and dried fruits with me, although I don’t take nuts on an airplane. I want to respect those individuals with an allergy to nuts. It seems that sometimes an excursion lasts longer than planned or the dinner reservation isn’t always our first choice, then a snack helps prevent a headache or hunger and makes the trip more comfortable. Apples are a good choice for those with a nut allergy.
Tip Number Seven: Keep a Reasonable Bedtime
Sleep patterns are often disrupted when traveling. To help our body get proper rest, try to keep a reasonable bedtime. This gets tricky enough when we aren’t in our own bed, but it can really get tricky as we pass different time zones. Prepare accordingly and give your body plenty of opportunities to adjust and get a good night sleep.
Tip Number Eight: Plan For the Unexpected!
We can’t always predict everything having to do with our trip. ! For example, we hiked around Crater Lake in Oregon. When the plans were made and reservations secured, we did not know there would be forest fires burning nearby causing a major roadway to be closed. We not only adjusted travel times to take a longer alternative route, we ended up hiking different trails than planned. It added to a sense of adventure!
Tip Number Nine: Compensate For Less Than Healthy Conditions
I’m thinking about inclement weather, such as thunderstorms, you don’t want exposure to. I’m also thinking about our trip to Crater Lake and the forest fires causing an air quality alert. We hiked further from the park, in the opposite direction for a few days to avoid the poor quality of air.
Tip Number Ten: Remember to Relax and Enjoy Your Trip
It’s vacation time! Purpose to roll with the punches and just relax. That is how our arthritic bodies can best rejuvenate.
Utilizing these ten terrific travel tips are definitely using Arthritis Wisdom!
Have a Fantastic Vacation!