Helpful Tips To Pre-Plan Your Vacation: Ease On Down The Road

"A traveler am I and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul."
-- Kahlil Gibran

Getting ready for a vacation can carry a multitude of emotions. You can feel excited about the prospect of getting away, yet a part of you may also feel anxious and overwhelmed.

When I was younger, anxiety never entered into my realm of thought.  Now that I’m older, and because I’ve been living with a disability for most of my adult life, my anxiety levels can run high.

Yesterday, I returned from a conference for a pharmaceutical company I work for as a Peer Resource.  My husband and I decided to extend our stay after the conference by including a few extra days of visiting family and friends.

How marvelous it was to be able to attend a conference in beautiful surroundings, while meeting up with fellow advocates who have become close friends. We learned, toured and attended parties together, sharing our like-minded focus of living a life of quality despite a diagnosis of MS.

Visiting family and friends that we see once or twice a year is always a great joy to us.  We always look forward to the special time we spend together.

Living with Multiple Sclerosis can be difficult on a normal daily basis; travelling with MS can drive you absolutely crazy.

Will the change in climate cause an exacerbation? Will I have time to rest between events?  What will I do if my legs give out and I’m nowhere near a rest stop?  What if my bladder acts up and I can’t find a rest room in time?

The list can become endless.

Don't allow your travel plans to overwhelm you.  Learn to pre-plan your trip as best as you can.  

With proper planning and a calm attitude, your vacation can be not only pleasurable, but also memorable.

Something I learned to do a long time ago was to make lists for myself in preparation for my vacation.  My list begins with a sheet of paper and a pen (how old school of me!), numbering each task I need to do to prepare for my time away from home.  You can tailor your own list to suit your specific needs:

  • Order refills for your prescriptions a few weeks prior to vacation.
  • Count out daily medications, and place them into weekly pillboxes or a medication travel pack.
  • Pack alcohol wipes, cotton balls, band-aids and needle clipper, if needed.
  • Purchase over-the-counter medicines in case of a headache, upset stomach, and sunburn or skin irritation, etc.
  • Bring a cooling pillow, armbands or vest in case of hot temperatures.
  • Carry a travel pillow, earplugs and/or eye mask with you for restful sleep.
  • Enter the names/specialties of doctors into your cell phone.  The specialty could prove helpful in case of an emergency, and others will have an easier time looking up your doctor’s name and phone number.
  • Use an app such as “AroundMe” (free from iTunes) that can instantly tell you where to find banks, gas stations, hospitals, parking, pharmacies and taxis.  It also provides a 7-day weather report. 

Planning ahead can ease the tensions you may feel about traveling with your MS.  A little effort before you leave can make a world of difference, allowing you to feel more relaxed and able to better enjoy your journey.

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