Traveling/Vacation Tips

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How can I make airplane trips easier?

An Aisle Seat

When placing your order for airplane tickets, consider requesting aisle seats. That way you can easily stand up and stretch your legs every now and then so you won't get stiff.

How can I make car trips easier?

Many Stops

If you are going on a long car trip, you need to remember to stop as much as possible to stretch your joints to prevent stiffness and to help you avoid fatigue.

How can I make car trips easier?

Refrigerated Medications

If you take medication that has to be refrigerated you can pack a small ice chest with ice packs and put your medication in it. Make sure you pack it good enough, where it won't be able to move around. This is a good idea if you have to go on a long car trip.

How can I make preparing for a trip or vacation easier?


Packing a suitcase can be very difficult for a lot of people with arthritis and back problems. Try using an ironing board and adjusting it to a comfortable height and place the suitcase on it and pack from there.

How can I make car trips easier?

Driving Partner

If you are planning on driving a long distance, consider asking a close friend or family member to go with you. That way if you get tired or start hurting you can take a break and let the other person drive for a while.

How can I make airplane trips easier?


Make reservations early so you can request seats that are more comfortable to you. I suggest you request a seat on the exit row or just behind the bulkhead. These seats allow you more room to stretch.

How can I make car trips easier?

Ice Chest

When going on a long trip pack an ice chest with cold water or other drinks of your choice, so you can have something to wash your medication down with and also it is very important that you don't get dehydrated.

What do I need to do before I go on vacation?

Visiting Your Doctor

Before going on a long trip, you might want to consider going in to your arthritis doctor for a check-up. This will make sure that you are doing well and also give you a chance to ask the doctor any questions you might have and also be a good time to get prescriptions for the medications you will need before you leave.

What do I need to do before I go on vacation?

Extra Medication

Before you leave for vacation, you need to make sure you have enough of all your medications and extra, just in case something keeps you longer than you expect.

How can I make airplane trips easier?

Big Airports

If your arthritis is very bad, you might want to call the airport ahead of time and request that they have a wheelchair or motorized cart waiting for you when you get there. This will help you not have to walk a lot, since we all know how big airports are.

How can I make airplane trips easier?

Carrying Your Luggage

If you have trouble carrying your heavy luggage, ask a skycap to carry it for you, because that's what they are there for. They are there to help and serve you when needed.

How can I make airplane trips easier?

Jet Lag

Try to not book an airplane trip where you have to return in the same day. Allow an extra day in between to help you recover from jet lag and where you can get enough rest.

How can I make airplane trips easier?

Non-Stop Trips

If at all possible try to book a non-stop flight, that way you don't have to worry about changing planes.

How can I make airplane trips easier?

Carry On Bag

When going on an airplane it would be a safe idea to make sure you have all your medications in your carry on bag. This way you will have it in case you get delayed or if the rest of your luggage gets lost.

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