Hello Endo Girls!! I have not posted in foreverrrrr but I am very excited to be back and writing for you again!!
Even though it is not currently a travel-worthy season, the holidays are right around the corner! So, I figured I’d offer some tips to make traveling a bit easier with endometriosis so you can avoid pain flares and discomfort while enjoying wherever you go.
1. Bring Heating Pads (Regular and Travel!)
My first tip is to make sure you bring a plethora of heating pads with you. Bring whichever one(s) you usually use in your house so that you can plug them in at the hotel or wherever you are staying. In addition, make sure to bring plenty to stick in your bag for on-the-go situations. I love Thermacare’s Heat Wraps because they are small and easy to bring anywhere and everywhere. They also provide great heat!
2. Bring Endo-Friendly Snacks and Non-Perishable Food if Possible
It may be difficult to bring a ton of food with you if you are flying somewhere. However, it is definitely a good idea to either bring food with you or find somewhere ahead of time to pick up some groceries when you get where you’re going. I always make sure I bring a few gluten-free staples (i.e. bread, pretzels, saltines, etc) with me when I travel so I don’t have to worry about trying to find snacks to eat in between meals.
Sticking to whatever diet you usually follow while traveling will help your body to adjust to traveling without too much additional pain from dietary changes like re-introducing gluten or other inflammatory foods.
3. Bring Whatever Medicine You Anticipate Needing
A week before you are scheduled to leave to go on vacation or travel, go over all of your medications and see which ones will need to be refilled before you leave. Make sure that you will have enough for the entire time you are away as well as a few days when you get back in case the pharmacy can’t fill things right away or you are exhausted from traveling.
It is also important to bring not only meds you take on a daily basis, but any you might need. You don’t want to end up in a bunch of pain far from home with nothing to take for it.
4. Pack a Variety of Outfit Choices
While it is important to pack lightly, make sure that whatever you end up packing has variety to it. You’ll want to bring comfortable clothes for days you don’t feel great. But, don’t leave clothes behind just because they’re not comfortable. If you want to wear a particular outfit somewhere or in a photo, bring it! Just make sure you have a back-up plan of more comfy clothes in case you need them.
5. Bring a Reusable Water Bottle
I know this may sound silly, but I always bring a reusable water bottle with me when I travel. I like to have one to fill with water to keep by my bed for taking medicine. Plus, it is important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re traveling somewhere warm. It will also be much easier to carry one water bottle around with you than to constantly go through plastic ones.
6. Pack a Blanket and Pillow
Even if you’re staying at a hotel, it may be helpful to pack a pillow and blanket from home so that you will be comfy going to sleep at night. It can be hard to fall asleep outside your own bed, as we all know, so a blanket and pillow that you know will be comfortable are a must!
7. Know Where the Nearest Hospital Is Just In Case
If you’re having a particularly bad time with your endo lately, make sure you know where the latest hospital/emergency room is to wherever you’re staying. God forbid you need to make a visit, you will be prepared ahead of time and a lot less stressed out in the moment.
What are your travel suggestions? Comment below!