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Traveling With MS

July 22, 2015

There is a misconception that traveling with MS is extremely difficult, and while it may be hard, you can very much make it possible. After all, who doesn’t want to explore new places? There are so many ways you can gear your travel plans toward your lifestyle and see the world.

Pre-departure planning:

Your trip will be much easier to plan with someone who can either knows you or is very knowledgeable about your desired destination. Having them by your side could be helpful to organize and outline all the places you aim to grace with your wonderful presence.

This also involves researching these location’s accessibility. It’s vital to make sure where you are traveling is suitable for your needs. Sometimes it is better to get into direct contact with a hotel or similar places via phone or email because they do not always correctly advertise their handicap accessibility.

Checking in with your doctor before you book any flights or hotel rooms is definitely a good idea, just to make sure you are good to go. It would also be wise to get a note from them while traveling with any of your necessary medications. The medications you would be bringing along should also be kept in their original containers.

Lastly, before you go, be prepared to adjust yourself to the new temporary environment. Keep your schedule open and flexible while traveling so you can adjust to whatever activities you feel prepared to do that day.

While you’re traveling:

Use your resources properly. For example, if you realize you might become too tired to walk around, try using a motorized scooter or wheel chair and collect help from those you are traveling with.

It is crucial to save up your energy and rest whenever necessary.  Make sure to take breaks when you need them or plan time ahead to get rest in between activities and site seeing. It is also best to avoid the heat as best as you can and to stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Try planning indoor activities during the day’s hottest periods or finding some shaded areas.

Last but not least, take all the help you can get and enjoy your time! People everywhere, especially those you are traveling with, are very willing to help you in any way possible, so stay safe and have some fun. 

Traveling With MS - Wed July 22, 2015 2:39 PM