How to Manage Pain While Traveling
As the world slowly starts to open up and restrictions begin to lift, it’s no surprise that more and more people will start to travel once again. But if you’re someone who suffers from regular or chronic pain, traveling may be more of a hassle than a relaxing vacation. If this sounds like something you struggle with, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s reported that over 20% of the U.S. population suffers from chronic pain which can be especially difficult to deal with when traveling.
Tips for pain relief while traveling
If you’re thinking of taking a trip or having upcoming travel plans, don’t worry! There are many ways that you can manage your pain while relaxing from a tropical beach or exploring a new city. Keep reading to learn the top 10 tips for managing pain while traveling.
1. Keep it comfortable en route
No matter what type of chronic pain you deal with, traveling (particularly on planes and in cars) can be extremely uncomfortable. This is why it’s important to dress comfortably and pack the right items in your carry on bag. Make sure to wear clothing that you feel comfortable in and shoes that will allow you to walk without any added pain. In your carry on, make sure to pack all of your medications along with your prescription notes if needed during TSA security check. This will ensure you have your needed medications in case your checked baggage gets delayed or lost. Also, make sure to bring a pillow or blanket for the plane/car to help you rest comfortably while traveling.
If you are flying to your destination, it may be helpful to choose a seat with extra legroom and/or an aisle seat. Aisle seats are ideal to get up easily and move around during the flight so you’re not sitting in one position too long.
2. Look at hotel amenities
Depending on where you’re headed, your hotel may have a spa, sauna, and/or pool that can help ease your pain levels. Sometimes these amenities are even included in the price of your room! If your hotel doesn’t offer these options, do some research to find spas in the area that do. Not only will it help your pain, but it’s also the perfect excuse to sit back and relax during your trip!
3. Use pain relief patches
One of the easiest and most flexible options to manage pain relief while traveling is to use a pain relief patch. The SINSINPAS AREX Instant Pain Relief Patch is one of the best-selling pain relief patches because of the efficacy and durability of them. They are perfect to wear while traveling and exploring new places because they provide long-lasting pain paired with a strong, flexible fabric to allow for movement. Each pack contains 6 patches so you can plan for your whole trip! If you have sensitive skin, the new SINSINPAS AREX Gel Patch is another great option for you. It’s made with aloe vera to lessen skin irritation and soothe the painful area. It provides a hot and cool sensation to relieve pain and keep you moving no matter what you have planned for your trip!
4. Stay hydrated
Did you know that drinking enough water can actually lower your chronic muscle and joint pain? If you are dehydrated, the fluid between your joints is lessened and can cause painful rubbing. Make sure to stay hydrated throughout the entirety of your trip, especially if you’re traveling to a hot climate.
5. Research food options beforehand
If you suffer from chronic pain, then you may be on a specific diet that helps lessen the risk of inflammation. Foods that contain sugar, vegetable oil, refined carbs, and alcohol can all cause inflammation making your pain worse. To help avoid this while traveling, make sure to do research prior to arriving at your destination. Look into what restaurants you want to try and what your hotel or resort offers to make a list of places that accommodate your diet. This will not only save you time once you arrive at your destination, but it will also lessen any stress or anxiety about finding places you’ll be able to eat at. Also, don’t forget to pack snacks that work with your health needs for the plane and in the hotel rooms so you never have to worry about being hungry!
6. Look into TSA Pre-Check
TSA Pre-Check can be a lifesaver if you’re traveling by plane with chronic pain and discomfort. Oftentimes, security lines can be long and make you take off your shoes which can be difficult for those suffering from pain. TSA Pre-Check is a U.S. domestic program that you have to apply for that will allow you to skip the regular security line and keep your shoes and belt on. The membership costs $85 dollars and lasts 5 years. If you’re flying internationally, Global Entry is a similar program that provides faster security screening times and expedited U.S. customs screenings which means less time on your feet.
7. Book with travel insurance
Flare ups can occur and changes in your pain levels are always a risk when booking trips. Make sure to look into travel insurance (especially if it’s an expensive trip) so you can be refunded if you have to make a last minute cancellation. Additionally, it may be ideal to opt for travel medical insurance if you’re going to be traveling for any extended period of time. Travel medical insurance is fairly inexpensive and can come in handy if you’re in a foreign country dealing with a painful flare up.
8. Travel with loved ones
Traveling alone is a great experience for everyone to have but it can also be tough when dealing with chronic pain. Not only is it nice to travel with a loved one to help ease any physical ailments, but it can also lessen any tension or stress you may be dealing with emotionally. Traveling is very stressful and coupled with chronic pain, it can be debilitating. Don’t be afraid to keep a loved one by your side to help ease your mind.