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Tips for Traveling with MS

By Daryl H. Bryant (399 words)
Posted in Living with MS on December 19, 2016

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Tips for Traveling with MS

Traveling is fun, but it sure can wear you out - especially when you are living with MS. Whether you are traveling by car or plane, we've compiled the best tips for traveling with MS. Read on to learn how to accommodate your specific needs while traveling.

Take a Pillow

Sitting for long periods of time is hard on anyone, but it can be especially difficult for those of us with MS. Add in uncomfortable car and plane seats, and you have a recipe for pain that can last well beyond your travel dates. The best way to relieve pain brought on by uncomfortable seats is to bring your own pillows. Pillows designed for your specific pain points will work wonders, but any pillow from home will do in a pinch and give you multiple options for placement during travel.

Wash Your Hands

The last thing you need is to get sick when you are already battling MS symptoms. Be particularly careful not to touch your face when you are traveling in high-traffic areas like airports and gas stations. Wash your hands frequently and carry hand sanitizer with you to use when you aren't near a sink.

Dress for the Weather

Many people with MS are sensitive to temperature changes. Think ahead and travel with layers so you can always have the right level of warmth. Research the weather forecast for where you will be going and pack accordingly, but don't forget the jacket. Weather can change quickly and you want to be prepared. You may also want to take a blanket so that you can wrap up in the car or on the plane if fellow passengers like to be colder than you.

Relax and Recharge

Don't let your trip stress you out more than your everyday life. Take time to relax and refuel so that you will have more energy when you return home. If traveling causes you anxiety, try listening to guided meditations or distracting yourself with your favorite show on Netflix. This is particularly beneficial for people scared of flying.

Traveling doesn't have to be a chore when you are living with MS. If you follow these tips for traveling with MS, you will be able to enjoy your vacation - without having to pay for it later with a flare-up. What are your favorite tips for traveling with MS?

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