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Traveling Easier With Chronic Illness ~ 5 Tips To Help Ease The Way

Cowboy-up! We’re headin’ out for a long weekend trip to the BIGGEST state in the Union…Texas! But first…

Traveling easier with chronic illness is going to take a wee bit of preparation. I’m not a big traveler, so this three post travel series will be learning experience for both of us (providing you are not already a seasoned traveler)!

Quick background as to the why of this little trip. My husband turned 50 last year. ‘D’s’ sister and husband surprised him with a weekend trip to Dallas to see his beloved ‘Cowboys’ take on Chicago next Sunday night. This is a belated present, due to the fact that we each had a child getting married within 3 weeks of each other last November. So yeah, basically everyone was beyond broke! But, here we are almost a year later, and we will be on our way to the land of the Longhorns come Friday morning.

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In doing research for this article, I gleaned many useful tidbits of advice from around the chronic illness community. For instance, Christine Miserandino of ‘But You Don’t Look Sick’, has a great article on traveling with chronic illness and children…whew! God bless her…truly, ‘motherhood’ is for the young.

Traveling is almost always tiring, but traveling with chronic illness is exhausting. In theory, there are preparations that can be made the should make the process easier. Below is a list of 5 tips to make traveling with chronic illness less of a challenge. Well, we’ll see!

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Traveling Easier With Chronic Illness ~ 5 Tips To Help Ease The Way


Traveling Easier With Chronic Illness ~ 5 Tips To Help Ease The Way

  1. The ‘Carry-On’ ~ If allowed a carry-on, make sure that this is where your meds are stored. In other words, ‘Where you go, you’re meds go!’ What a colossal pain in the behind it would be if your medications were tucked away in the suitcase that gets sent to a destination 1200 miles away from where you’re going. Whatever is vital to your self-care, and cannot be easily replaced, make sure to transport with you personally.

  2. The ‘Good Travel Companion’ ~ Occasionally there is someone who, for whatever reason, slows everyone else down. Don’t be ‘that’ person. I plan on talking to ‘D’ beforehand, as well as my ‘awesome-in-laws’, to let them know if I say; “Go ahead without me.  I’m going to sit here, sip an iced latte, and people-watch for the next two hours. I will be perfectly OK”, that I really mean it. I will be blissfully content on my own while they trot off to a new adventure, sans moi! I know I’m going to have to rest, but that doesn’t mean everyone else has to rest with me. Nor would I expect them too! Be generous, and make it known that you would not want anyone’s trip to be altered by your chronic illness (unless you need immediate medical attention, obviously).

  3. The ‘Limit Factor’ ~  Know yours. Plain and simple. It’s easy to get carried away while you’re away from home, and there’s a bevy of new, undiscovered pleasures to delight the senses! Remember, “Thou art mortal”! My sister-in-law and I have made plans to hit the ‘Truck Yard’ on Friday night. So…..food trucks.and beer.…need I say more? 

  4. The ‘Dairy’ ~ One of the best suggestions I saw was on the previously mentioned blog, ‘But You Don’t Look Sick’. Christine brought up the excellent point that, if you are prone to motion sickness…avoid eating dairy before traveling!  I believe the reasons for this are fairly obvious. No need to go into great detail. Suffice to say that if the ‘milk of the cow’ is part of your pre-travel meal, make sure to ask the flight attendant for extra ‘bags’ before take off.

  5. The ‘Recovery’ ~ You know the saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation”? It may not be possible, but if it is, plan on downtime after returning home. If you have to ‘hit the ground running’ when you get back, at least try to limit activity and/or obligations as much as possible.

Follow me on Instagram for real-time updates of the trip (like postcards, only virtual and in real-time!):

  • Don’t miss my trip to Joy’s for what are rumored to be some of the finest macarons around.
  • Check out the Kimchie Fries with me from Ssahm Korean BBQ at the Truck Yard Friday night!
  • And lest you think all my taste is in my mouth, let’s see what fine artistic pieces are to be found in the Bishop Art’s District.
  • Oh! And then there is  that ‘little matter’ of a football game. Look for me on the Jumbo-Tron. I’ll be the redhead giving you the thumb’s up!


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