I live with chronic pain every day and at times I have been hesitant to travel because my back and neck pain make it harder to get to my destination without being a total grouch, and it just seems like it is more trouble than it is worth.
However, as I get older, I don’t want to sit on the sidelines when I can be out making memories, so I am exploring ways to control my pain and still manage to have fun.
If you suffer from chronic pain, these tips can be very helpful.
Start with Range-of-Motion-Exercises
It’s amazing how some simple stretches can help painful joints. Before leaving on your trip perform these range-of-motion-exercises and you can start your journey in a lot less pain.
Keep Medication with You
When you’re packing there is a tendency to shove the luggage in the back of the car. Keep medication in your purse, or in the glove compartment so you can grab it when you need it.
Watch out for rest stops and take the time to go to the bathroom and stretch. Some light walking around the parking lot can ease leg cramps from being in the car so long.
I was taking a trip with some friends and we stopped for fast food. I got a nasty case of food poisoning and was miserable the whole trip.
Now, I pack a snack bag for the car and hotel or place I am staying. Energy bars, fresh fruit, nuts, raisins, trail mix and crackers can ease hunger pangs before your next meal.
Bring Support Pillows
Travel pillows provide head and neck support so you can arrive at your destination and not be wracked with pain.
I always bring a support pillow for sleeping. It can be difficult for most people to sleep well on a strange surface, so having a familiar support pillow may help you get more rest.
Some travelers don’t like to drink water because they will have to make more bathroom trips but it is important to stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle and take frequent sips.
Freeze water bottles before your trip and they will stay cooler. Most hotels have an ice bucket and you can keep a few bottles on ice at all times.
Travel is so enjoyable that you don’t want to miss out on any of the fun. By packing everything you need, and making a few minor adjustments, you can make any trip a lot more enjoyable. You are worth it!