Tips for Traveling with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Joint stiffness and dealing with flare-ups can make traveling with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) a challenge.
Watch the video above for some tips that may help, or read the written summary below.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Reduce the likelihood of pain and stiffness by making sure you get enough shut-eye before your trip.
Keep Medicine Easily Accessible
Keep medicines close (in a purse or carry-on) so you can take them at the appropriate times.
Regardless of how you travel, make time to stretch.
Walk up and down the aisles on a plane or train, or stop the car every few hours to get out and move around.
Wear Loose Clothes
Tight, constricting clothing can cause pain and discomfort. Opt for loose-fitting pants and skirts — anything comfortable that will give you room to move around.
Bring Comforts of Home
Bring things that will keep you comfortable, like a pillow, warm socks or an eye mask.
Avoid the Sun
The sun can be quite harmful to people with RA, so bring along sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect your skin.
Traveling can be very dehydrating, which can make symptoms worse. Keep water with you at all times.
Travel light, and use a wheelie suitcase to make transporting your luggage much easier.
If you are flying or taking a train, avoid stopovers to eliminate the risk of rushing through the airport or station with your luggage.
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