What are your tips for successful travel with Migraine or Headache?
When it comes to trips it is very important to remember these are to be enjoyed. This is a time to de-stress, relax and enjoy yourself. And that means trying to reduce all the stresses that come with travel.
- Medication: travel with all the medication you will need, then some, and all the OTC medication you May need because your body is more stressed than usual.
- Always travel with hats and sunglasses. A major Must. I have my nice comfy hat and a lose cap. My outdoor specs and my indoor migraine specs.
- Stay hydrated at all times.
- Take plenty of breaks. And pace yourself.
- Never feel like you need to rush. This is a vacation not an expedition into the great unknown. I tend to want to take my vacations at a mellow pace. One to two events per day, with extended breaks in-between. And I take my time doing things. I do not fear taking breaks.
- Take a migraine break when the pain gets too much. Rest. Recuperate. You don’t have to do a thing when you are on holidays. There have been times when I was hit with a killer migraine on holidays and I would just crash for a few hours, because, well, I could and because pain management is what you want to do.
- For me in particular I cannot just go out into the boonies and camp. I need amenities near by due to my rather delicate digestive system. Camping I have also found to be too painful even with air mattress and foam overlays (fibromyalgia as well). So instead, because I do enjoy nature a great deal, we choose to go into the mountains and rent a little cabin for a few days. You have to choose to adapt your vacation to your illness and needs. I enjoyed that mountain trip immensely even though I was sore from walking a bit too much and had to take breaks due to migraines. Camping though, I do not enjoy so much. It is too much of a strain on my body and I cannot relax at all or enjoy myself.
- I tend not to fly but when I must I give myself recovery time, because I Will get a migraine and I Will get vertigo from the flight. So need some immediate down time.
- I prefer road trips but even with them I do not do drive through the night type trips. I take my time. Spend the night at motels. Give myself the time to get where I am going and make the journey part of the trip, because rushing is painful. Sitting down too long without stopping for walking breaks is very painful for me. So the journey itself must be paced.
- When travelling for work or non-holiday adventures most of the rules apply and I still make sure to give myself a recovery day from travel or flying, to adjust my brain so I can function with what I am there for. And I give myself a recovery day on the way back before I return to work, same deal.
- Above all enjoy yourself.