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Vacation Tips for the Chronically Ill

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

When you don't feel good a vacation may seem like the need you want the most and the thing that you are the least likely to get. After all no matter where you go in the world you will still run up against pain and medicines but you won't have your usual support system, medical team, or routine to fall back on. However, there are time for work or family where you just have to travel. AT the same time being sick shouldn't run your life to the point that you don't get to see the world. Here are a few tips to go on a trip when you don't feel well.

Bring all the comforts of home. This will really depend on your disease as well as how you define home. You might want to try to pick up your own mattress topper, sheets, or pillow to get a peaceful night sleep at a hotel. This might not be practical for an airplane but it can really help for trips to hotels.

Make the travel process as comfort as possible. Anyone who deals with chronic pain can tell you how difficult it is so sit in a car or airplane seat for long periods of time. This may mean that you just end up staying closer to home but enjoying your time there a lot more.

Manage your disease. With a lot of different things to see and do this can be a challenge. You'll want to find ways to partake in local cuisine but still stay on your diet. This might not be as fun as going all out crazy in your travels, but it ensures that you stay healthy. This means that you can enjoy your time more.

Take things easy. This is difficult when you are traveling with family and friends. However, they can go on different activities that might not be as important to you. You may find some success just by outlining exactly what you have to do in order for your trip to seem like a success. This ensures that you make your trip worthwhile but still have time for a nap.

Stick to a schedule. This is one of the worst parts of traveling especially if you are traveling by plane. You might want to arrive a day or two in advance so you can end up getting used to the different time zones. Try to go to sleep and wake up the same time you usually do so your body has left to adapt to.

Be realistic. This will help your budget as well as your body. When you realize that you can't do everything you really focus in on the necessities. This can lead to a more relaxing and simplistic experience. Even if you don't' want to be sick it may be a part of your reality that you need to deal with no matter where you go. Traveling with a chronic illness doesn't have to be a drag. You'll just need to develop new coping skills and explain things to your family and friends so that everyone is on the same page.


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