• Carly Wolf

Traveling with a Chronic Illness



Wow okay, long time no type! My summer has been somewhat crazy between road trips and summer camps. I hope you all are having a great summer so far! I am going to try hard to start posting blogs once or twice a week! Anyways as you can see based on the title of the post, we are going to talk about traveling with a chronic illness or disability! I feel like I have the right amount of knowledge on this subject as I have flown and driven around a lot! 


My first tip is always to pack more of your medical supplies then you think you may need! Whenever I was traveling with a central line, I always brought at least three days of extra supplies to be on the safe side. Now that I am just packing medications, I usually only bring two days extra! This is so important in case something were to happen to lead you to get stuck in a location away from home! 


The next important tip is to bring snacks that you can eat with you on your trip! Whether you are flying or driving this is essential. You can bring food with you through security at airports by the way! This can be helpful so that you don’t have to worry about finding food that can fit in your dietary restrictions while in a crunch for time. I usually bring foods that are non-parsable, so I don’t have to worry about the foods going bad. Along with this, I would also recommend that when you get to your location, I will go to the grocery store so you can have food at your home for the duration that you are there! 


The next tip only applies if you are flying, but if you have any mobility/ fatigue issues it may be a good idea to use the wheelchair service at the airport, so you do not have to use unnecessary energy at the airport versus when you get to your location! You need to save your energy so that you can fully enjoy your trip! 


The last and probably most important tip for your trip is to know your limits! This is so important because we all know what our bodies can handle. If you push past that limit, you won’t be able to enjoy your trip thoroughly. Remember there is no harm in deciding not to go out when the rest of your party is! Do the things on your trip that are most important to you and don’t let anyone pressure you to push your limits further than they should be!


Along with the last tip to plan everything out! Having a schedule of things that you want to do can be helpful so that you know what you want to do and how much time and energy you may need to spend doing that thing! This can also be helpful to the people you are with so that they know what you want to do and when you want to do it so they can help plan with you. 


Overall remember that this trip is meant to be fun and you can still have fun even with a chronic illness you have to put more time into thinking about what you can or cannot do! If you are going on a vacation soon, I hope this helped and that you have a great time! 


Carly 



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