Tips for Traveling with Joint Pain

Traveling can be a stressful experience on its own, but if you add joint pain to the equation, it can add up to an excruciating burden. From the cramped spaces on airplanes and trains to standing for long periods of time, it’s easy to see how our joints could suffer the consequences. How can you prevent this pain? We have a few tips to help you travel as pain-free as possible this holiday season.

Plan Ahead
Planning is crucial when it comes to travel. Do research on the airline to see if you can get prescreened through security or if there are special allowances for those with disabilities. Do the same with your hotel so you can ensure your trip is as comfortable as possible.

Talk to Your Doctor

Discuss your travel plans and destination with your doctor. They might have some tips to keep your joints from aching or prescribe you an extra-strength pain medication for the journey.

Keep Your Medications Close
Airlines lose luggage all of the time, but losing your medications is not an option. Pack all your medications in the bag that will stay with you at all times. This way you’re never without them and there is no chance of them getting lost. Plus, if you have your medicine with you, it is easier to take during the flight for travel related pains.

Control the Temperature
You can’t control the temperatures outside, but hot and cold therapies can do wonders for joint pain. Pack hot and cold packs in your carry-on suitcase bag, as well as topical cream for quick relief. If possible, choose a hotel that has a sauna, heated pool or hot tub. Each of these will help soothe your joint pain during your trip.

Consider Space

When you book your travel, choose a seat with extra legroom. Choose a flight that is nonstop and won’t be extra crowded. This will allow you more room to stretch out and mean less time standing in line.

Keep Moving
If you start to feel stiffness, get up and move. Take a walk down the aisle or go to the bathroom. If you are in a car, stop at a gas station or rest stop and stretch your legs. You’ll be surprised how much this action can help relieve and prevent joint-related pain.

Eat Healthy Snacks

Most airport and gas station foods are not good for you, so be sure to pack snacks that won’t irritate your joints. Foods high in Omega-6 fatty acids can increase inflammation and make your trip more painful. Consider foods with anti-inflammatory components, like strawberries, blueberries and walnuts.

Do you have more tips for traveling pain-free? Share them with us and Happy Holidays!