Hubby and I went to Las Vegas April 2017 to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary. I am just going to make a fre edits!
NUMBER 1 - PACK GOOD SHOES!!! I learned the hard way 1 pair of flip-flops and 1 pair of converse high tops were NOT the ideal footwear! By day 2 I had horrible blisters! In the future I will have weather appropriate, comfortable shoes, and if that means I need to buy a pair, so be it... I just need to remember to break them in BEFORE I leave!
Traveling when you have fibromyalgia (or any other chronic pain condition) sucks. Even with the below tips, your trip is bound to cause you extra discomfort. I’m sorry – I understand!
I have used all the ideas I am going to suggest. Some have worked for me, some have not…but they might work for you. I am 100 percent sure that not taking steps to make traveling more tolerable is guaranteed to bring you more pain, probably inducing a fibro flare.
Here are five things you can do to prepare ahead of time
1. Check the Weather
Get details about the area you are going to – I just do a Google search. I like to check the weather to see not only what the forecast is calling for, but what the normal weather is. This way, if the area is having an unusual heat spike, I can pack for that. But also, knowing what the normal weather is like is so helpful. That heat streak may end, and I want to know I have packed extra items (layering) I may not have thought I’d need. This is a must for those of us who are temperature-sensitive.
If you are sensitive to changes in weather, it can be invaluable to plan for a few possible bad days, plan activities around them, and have other plan in case the bad days don’t happen! The weather network is my go-to for weather forecasts.
2. Consider Food Sensitivities
Having a special diet can make traveling hard. I know I am lactose intolerant and very sensitive to MSG. If you have food sensitivities, search for the restaurants near where you will be staying and see if they offer online menus. Knowing ahead there are a few places where you can eat will help reduce stress and anxiety.
Also look up grocery stores, so you know where to stock up on snacks you can eat. Pick up some bottled water too – keeping hydrated is so important!
3. Pack A Go-To Bag
Make sure it is easy for you to handle.
Some items you might include:
4. Plan Activities
5. Download Handy Apps
Maps, restaurant review sites, coupons, your banking app? There are so many available now – I suggest searching for the apps relevant to you and your needs when you travel (I bet there is even an app to tell you where the nearest washrooms are if you have IBD, IBS, etc. or just need to go).
I hope you find these helpful! Is there anything you do prior to traveling that you find helps?