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How to Survive Business Travel When You Have MS

June 29, 2017

Traveling can be challenging, even overwhelming for a multiple sclerosis (MS) patient. It can be stressful deciding what you should pack and how you can pack all of your essentials, like medications. MS patient Tamar Sellman shares her traveling tips from her own traveling experiences for people with MS.
Tips on Packing

Make a List

Sellman says she uses a grocery list app to make multiple lists that helps organize her. Besides her sections for inventory of clothing and accessories, her list also includes:

  • Technology: Battery backup for cellphone, charging cables, plugs, earbuds, etc.
  • Comfort Items: Thermal mug for water or coffee, TENS unit, reading light, medications for travel-specific discomfort, etc.
  • Things to do before I leave: Clean out wallet, charge and update phone, laptop, download itinerary and reservations with confirmation numbers, etc.

Plan Ahead, Pack Ahead

Sellman shares how she can’t sit down and pack everything all at once. To compensate, she starts packing her suitcase a week before her trip and packs a little each day. It saves her from stress for packing the last minute and rushing, worrying that she might forget something. It also gives her time to go to bed at a decent time. She stresses how sleeping is critical for people with MS because flying is physically challenging. Fatigue is a factor, as is sensory and social overload.
What about the meds?
Packing medication can be a challenge for someone with MS. Airlines often recommend that you pack your meds in their original containers, but that would require a carry-on all its own. Sellman makes two suggestions for packing meds:

  • “In some cases, I prepacked my medications and mailed them to my destination in advance.”
  • “Most of the time, I keep my prescription paperwork in an envelope that I’ve attached by rubber band to the pill case, and pack it in my carry-on.”

She also keeps her drug paperwork in her wallet, as well as contact information for physicians, pharmacies, and a list of the medications she takes.