Traveling can be really good for the soul. You get to see another way of life when traveling to other areas of the world. How other people operate in their countries, what they eat, what they do for fun, and more. Even domestic traveling can give you the opportunity to see how people live in different cities. All in all, traveling can be an eye-opening experience, but when you are traveling with certain medical conditions, it can make the actual travel process uncomfortable. Luckily, there are things you can do to have a peaceful travel experience (within your control) while living with arthritis.
Traveling And Inflammation Go Hand In Hand
When traveling, if you’re going far, then you are most likely sitting down for long periods of time and this is actually not very safe for your body.
Even if you aren’t going far, if you’re traveling and prone to inflammation in the joints because of a certain medical condition or illnesses, prolonged periods of sitting down can cause discomfort and flare-ups. Sitting in the same position for too long without moving around, can cause swelling and stiffness to the joints because of the lack of mobility they get. Stiffness and swelling can then cause a flare-up.
Another reason why you may have an inflammation flare-up when traveling is because of the stress that comes with traveling. If you didn’t know, stress is a huge factor as to why you may experience a flare-up.
Trying to make sure everything goes well when traveling can be tiring, especially when there are things that are bound to happen that are out of your control.
Another indicator for flare-ups is the change in your diet that happens when traveling. It’s hard to find healthy foods and or snacks in the convenience stores and though the airport may have a better variety to choose from, the prices of everything are insane. This is bound to cause anyone stress.
What To Do To Prepare For Travel
When traveling in order to keep your stress levels down as much as you can, try incorporating these organizational tips:
- Make a list. Things that you need to pack, what still needs to be done, doesn’t matter, just make a list for them all.
- Storage. Make sure you store your important documents, medications, etc somewhere that’s easily accessible when you’re moving around and them in a place you will always remember.
- Pack your own food. Now you may not be able to bring liquids into the airport, but you can definitely