Whether you just want to relax on a beach or take part in some adventurous activities, there are many things that people with arthritis can do while traveling. If you have decided that this summer will be your first time away from home, but have concerns about how to prepare for your trip, then this article is for you!
Traveling with arthritis doesn’t mean you have to give up your vacation. In fact, it can be a great experience; we’ll share seven ways how in this article.
1. Take Medications With You
It is essential to take the medications that are prescribed specifically for arthritis. Be sure to bring copies of prescriptions, doctor’s notes, and any other documentation necessary.
Additionally, if there is a drug that can substitute your medication, make sure to bring this. The last thing anyone wants is to find out their medication has expired when they are abroad.
2. Research the Area
Before you go, research the area your will be visiting. This should include any modes of transportation available (bus, taxi, train), as well as information about sidewalks and roads so that you can plan out a route to take when walking or driving. Having a map on hand is an excellent idea if your destination provides free maps.
Knowing which rooms have elevators in hotels can also be helpful if stairs are problematic for you. Also, check which places have ramps instead of steps and how steep they are before going there.
In addition, don’t forget that it is easier to book non-smoking rooms because the healing process of arthritis may be impeded by scented candles or other sources of air pollution.
3. Plan Ahead for Air Travel
If you are taking an airplane, remember to plan ahead. Arrive at the airport as early as possible to not miss your flight and check with the airline about your requirements before flying.
Airlines often require a doctor’s note if using crutches or walking assistance devices. Also, wear absorbent undergarments that will hold any potential urinary leakage, just in case it happens on the plane!
4. Pack Light, Smart
Remember to pack light so that you don’t have to worry about dragging luggage around. Having a bag with wheels is helpful for those who cannot lift heavy objects.
It is also wise to pack a neck pillow and travel blanket because sudden movements can trigger arthritis pain in addition to being uncomfortable during take-offs and landings.
If you need help, make sure someone is willing to assist you or hire a wheelchair pusher from your airline carrier. In addition, be aware of the temperature at your destination before packing—if it’s cold, bring warm clothes!
5. Bring Arthritis Instruments
If any arthritis instruments help you control your pain, consider bringing them with you. This can include a cane specifically for travel, as well as anything else that could be helpful during your trip.
Ensure not to forget essential items such as chargers and prescriptions, so all of your equipment is ready to go when it’s time to leave.
6. See a Doctor Before You Go
Before going anywhere far away from home, see a doctor about the possibility of getting a vaccination depending on the country you’re visiting.
In some countries, this might be necessary before traveling because certain diseases are more common in other places. Remember to get out-of-date vaccinations updated because sometimes immunity wanes over time.
Also, don’t forget to visit the dentist for necessary dental treatments or splint anterior repositioning appliance adjustments before taking off. That way, you can prevent discomfort during your flight.
7. Join a Tour Group
It’s a good idea to join a tour group because you can enjoy your destination without worrying about making all the arrangements yourself. This gives the doctor time to think about what would provide the most comfort and needs less energy usage on your part.
Tours are also great for those who don’t know the language well or cannot read road signs in another country. Also, look into wheelchair-accessible transportation options because these trips can be expensive if you have to pay for wheelchair rentals.
If possible, choose a company that has experience providing tours for people with disabilities, so they will know what special considerations need to be made beforehand.
Don’t let arthritis stop you from enjoying your trip and exploring new places! Remember to keep your sense of adventure.
Finding out about the conditions of your destination before you go is very helpful for those with arthritis who need to know how to prepare. A little research can go a long way, so plan ahead and have fun!