Got Travel Fever? Don't Let Arthritis Stop You

By: Jody Smith

If you've been living with arthritis, you know things are going to hurt whether you go somewhere new and interesting, or whether you stay at home. Getting out of your chair and going to the store may challenge you with pain anyway. Getting onto a plane or train does not have to be off the table for you.

If you do some thinking and planning beforehand though, you may be able to save yourself a certain level of discomfort. Make sure, for instance, that if there are medications or supplements that help with the pain and inflammation, that you take an ample supply with you. Investing in an organizer to keep track of your pill-taking schedule may be very helpful during the jumble of schedules while traveling. If some of your medications are not to be taken on an empty stomach, pack some snacks for that reason. And if you want to throw in a few extra just for the fun of it -- you're going on a trip, it's time to enjoy yourself.

Make reservations early, and carefully. See if you qualify for a room that is handicapped-accessible. Search out information like, how far is your room from the elevator? Is there a restaurant in the hotel? If not, book yourself into a hotel that does have one.

Maybe most days you are well enough that you don't always need your cane, heating pad or ice pack. But if there's any chance of a flare -- and when traveling, there is certainly a chance of this -- make sure to have all the comforts and aids that have ever worked for you. Suitcases on wheels were a great invention. Take advantage of the genius of this equipment and don't end up carrying heavy luggage.

Perhaps your usual routine includes gentle workouts that keep your muscles flexible and lessens some of the pain and stiffness. Traveling, even on a great trip to terrific places, will disrupt your carefully crafted and kept routines. Whatever your mode of travel, be on the lookout for any opportunity to get up and stretch or walk around a bit.

Airports can be daunting to those with arthritis. Even the young with more energy than they know what to do with can be exhausted by the gauntlet of security, waiting in line, and carting your things from one gate or terminal to another. Make yourself familiar with the requirements and provisions as laid out by the Transportation Security Administration, also known as the TSA. Protect yourself from unwelcome and challenging surprises.

Having arthritis and going on a trip can be a tricky proposition. But if you will take the time to make thorough preparations ahead of time, and lay out a plan that is realistic and well thought out, you can be heading out that front door on your way to adventure.

Jody Smith is a freelance writer for EmpowHER.com.

Sources:

Traveling with Arthritis

http://www.netplaces.com/arthritis/living-in-a-normal-world/traveling-with-arthritis.htm

Tips on comfortable traveling with arthritis

http://www.sn50andbetter.com/news/2012/mar/12/tips-comfortable-traveling-arthritis

Related Links:

5 Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

http://www.empowher.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/content/5-facts-about-rheumatoid-arthritis

Hip Pain at Night? Here are a Few Reasons Why

http://www.empowher.com/bones-amp-joints/content/hip-pain-night-here-are-few-reasons-why-0

Arthritis May Respond to Moderate Exercise

http://www.empowher.com/arthritis/content/arthritis-may-respond-moderate-exercise

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