Whether it is by car, plane, bus or train, sometimes we need to travel for a longer period of time to get somewhere. Ideally you would be travelling to an amazing holiday destination, but sometimes travel for work or family is needed as well. When you have a chronic pelvic pain condition, the idea of having to travel and being away from your comfortable home, could cause anxiety.
Here are some tips that may help alleviate some of the worry!
Planning ahead is probably your best bet for success. Make a list of what you need to do and start at least 2 weeks in advance, so you have the time to collect everything you need and your brain has the chance to catch up with you in case you forgot something of your list.
Take the time to think about the things that you think would make your travelling time more comfortable and the whole experience less anxious. Get in touch with the travel or airline company beforehand if you have any specific requirements or questions regarding your travel.
Stock up on your prescriptions and supplements. Especially if you are travelling abroad, ensure you have a note from your doctor to confirm you are taking these drugs for a medical condition.
If travelling by car, try and find a co-driver and agree to alternate every 1 or 2 hours. The swap over stops are also a good opportunity to breathe in some fresh air and stretch your legs.
Allow plenty of time before, during and in between travel arrangements. That way, you don’t have to stress about being late and missing your flight.
Try and keep your hand luggage to a minimum so you don’t have to carry too much and can focus on yourself. Do make sure you bring all your immediate essentials, including a comfortable pillow to sleep/rest on!
Make sure you wear your most comfortable clothes and shoes whilst travelling.
If you are in pain, try and distract yourself by watching TV, reading a back, listening to music, talking to the person next to you, or just simply by looking outside the window.
Be sure to let somebody (e.g. your travel partner, the person sitting next to you or the flight crew) know when you experience severe pain and tell them if you need to take drugs that can affect your physical state.
When travelling for a long period of time, make sure you move regularly. Get up for a walk and some stretches at least every hour.
Try to enjoy and make the most of the experience, have a look outside the window to check out what you can see (it is not every day you get the chance to observe the sky from up close!), listen to your favorite music, or take the time to finally pick up that book you have been meaning to read.
Take a few deep breaths every half an hour to try keep your body and mind nice and calm. Maybe you can even do some meditation.
When travelling through time zones, try and stick to the sleep pattern of your destination – that is the easiest way to manage a jetlag!
Eat regularly, stick to foods you know to avoid any risk of an upset stomach, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
And before you know it, you will have reached your destination! Now off you go to enjoy a fantastic holiday, meet your family, or have a successful business meeting..