Summer is a great time to travel and spend time with your friends and family, but it can be really hard and your health.
When you are traveling with an autoimmune disease or another chronic health issues, it’s important to do a little extra homework to ensure your trip is as safe and fun as possible for you and everyone else.
What should you do?
First, take a deep breath and don’t stress out – that will just cause you to melt down anyway.
Besides, traveling should be fun, not one more thing that brings on an autoimmune flare up.
Here are some great tips to set you up for success while traveling with an autoimmune condition.
1 Hydrate – Traveling in summertime typically means hot weather. It also means more exercise then you’re probably used to. Be sure you take a water bottle with you everywhere you go so you don’t get dehydrated while having fun.
2 Make a nutrition plan – Typically people with long-term illnesses have specific diets which can be hard to keep consistent while on vacation. Planning for meals and snacks now will prevent you from going hungry. Google ahead of time to find restaurants or markets where you can eat and look for health food stores to keep snacks in your hotel room for later. Make sure you have a refrigerator in your room or ask your host make some room in their’s to avoid spoilage. Finally bring a travel bag large enough for a prove snack items to stave off hunger while traveling to your destination. Remember to keep your diet as normal as possible so your body is at its optimal strength.
3 Don’t be afraid to be a little high maintenance – Ask for what you need. When you have health issues there are specific things that you do at home that ensure your safety and your strength. Make sure you continue them on vacation too. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from hotel staff or friends when setting yourself up for success. Also, you can ask for hypoallergenic hotels rooms and pillows to keep inflammation down. It will be worth it in the end.
4 Carry a mask – There’s only so much you can do to control your environment while traveling, but caring a mask to avoid pollution and toxic orders will help. If a passenger on a plane is sick next to you, it helps if you have a face mask to stave off germs.
5 Check your credit card for travel insurance – Many credit cards like American Express and some Visas have international emergency insurance for your health needs and will transport you out of a country that doesn’t meet your needs for free. Check with your credit card and see what yours has to offer and purchase your tickets on that card.
Remember, with a little extra homework beforehand, you can relax and enjoy your time away while traveling with an autoimmune disease. I hope you have a fun and safe time this summer. Let me know in the comments section where your dream vacations spot is! Mine is somewhere my husband can’t use his phone : )