Pain-Free Travel Tips
Updated: Oct 21, 2020
Travel can be stressful at the best of times, having arthritis does not have to make it worse. The challenges that come with travel are worth the reward, a vacation, seeing family or friends or just a little get away. Here are some great ideas to make travel easier, more comfortable and pain free!
Plan ahead - Try to book during mid-week when airports are less busy. If you are flying, book an aisle seat so you can stretch more and get up to move around a bit. Reserve hotel rooms on the ground floor to avoid stairs or extra walking. Try to find hotels with hot tubs or saunas to help relieve painful joints.
Do a pre-travel workout - Before getting on a flight or into the car for a long road trip make sure you stretch, loosen joints with light exercise or do some yoga before you go. This will help prevent stiffness of your joints while you travel.
Keep moving - Sitting for long periods of time can make arthritis pain and stiffness set in and worsen. If you can, get up and walk around during flights or make occasional stops on road trips to stretch and move around. While seated wiggle your toes, raise and lower heels and toes or do other simple seated stretches.
Use hot and cold therapy - Hot and cold therapy can be great for arthritis relief. Bring disposable heat packs that are shaken or broken to activate or cold packs that work the same way. Using hot or cold as needed while travelling can bring relief to sore, painful joints.
Choose meals carefully - As we mentioned in our other posts, some foods can trigger arthritis pain or a gout attack while other foods can help relieve arthritis pain, swelling and stiffness. Avoid high-fat processed foods, excess sugar, caffeine and alcohol while travelling these can cause inflammation. Bring healthy snacks and drink plenty of water while travelling.
Take and use supplements - Curcumin, Omega-3, Glucosamine and Vitamin D are just a few of supplements that can reduce stiffness, increase range of motion and help relieve arthritis pain. Make sure all medications and supplements are with you and in your carry on so it’s easily accessible. Check out our review page and top lists to find the supplement that will help you reduce pain and anxiety and make your vacation a pain free trip!