Summers are the perfect time to treat yourself to a much-needed break and escape into vacation mode. But, if you are someone suffering from chronic pain, there are a lot of things you need to take care of – like medication, treatment options, mode of travelling etc. Planning these things well in advance will help you avoid travel-related pain.
Read on to discover the pain-free way to travel in the summer.
1. Travel light
We tend to overpack in our enthusiasm to go on a holiday. But remember, heavy bags or suitcases will have to be pulled or picked up by you at some point during the travel. And yes, carrying excess weight can make your pain worse. We think you can restrict your luggage to the following items:
- A couple of pairs of shorts or pants
- 3-4 T-shirts or dresses
- A jacket
- 1-2 evening outfits
- 2-3 pairs of light, comfortable shoes that can be paired with both -formal and casual
2. Travel comfortably
You can easily avoid an unpleasant travel experience, by planning in advance. Choose a mode of transport that suits you best given the time it will take to reach your destination and the sitting arrangement. Use the tips given below to make your travel comfortable:
- Wear loose-fitting, athletic wear while travelling
- Carry a neck and back pillow to prevent back aches
- Stretch your legs throughout the day
3. Keep a pain reliever handy
Do not assume that you will be able to access your favourite brand of pain reliever, everywhere. It is best to be always prepared. Make a separate first-aid pouch and carry it everywhere you go. In the case of prescription medication, carry a copy of your prescription. Make sure it has your Doctor’s name and phone number. This will also help you if airport security has any questions.
4. Don’t push yourself
While it is only natural to want to make the most of your vacation. And pack in as many activities as you can in the day, it is counterproductive. There is no point in sightseeing while in pain and feeling exhausted. Make sure you schedule some time to take rest and short naps during your holiday. Focus on having a good time rather than checking all your boxes.
5. Ask for help
This is perhaps the most important tip. If you experience unbearable pain, ask for assistance right away.
Well, there you go. Don’t let pain keep you from some of the best experiences in life. Explore and discover new places with effective planning.