Traveling With Arthritis

Arthritis may turn people travel phobic. The already inflamed and stiff joints may become even more stiff when you have to sit through a long journey in one position. Plus your Arthritis problem will bring about various other kinds of limitations while traveling. But instead of giving in to Arthritis and becoming reluctant to travel, you can try and be a little organized and systematically travel without much discomfort.

Research

Do your homework well before you pack your bag and set out. It is important that you make your travel agent aware of your needs and find out stuff like –
How much/long do you have to walk
Would you have to climb stairs or not.
How far is the toilet
Are there elevated toilet seats
Is there easy accessibility to the wheelchair
Is there easy availability of room service to your destination

Visit your Doctor

You should pay a visit to your doctor, not only to say good-bye but to discuss with him what your schedule is going to be like and what precautions are you expected to take. You should make him aware of your activities and take his advise over medications and other things in order to keep to the safe side.

Packing

Less luggage more comfort – this line suits the traveler with Arthritis. When you’ve already got stiff and grumpy joints to manage why would you want to carry bags that you wont be able to manage. Pack light. Take only things you need avoid stuffing your bags with unnecessary items. Use luggage that has wheels or shoulder straps. This would make it easier for you to go around with it in case there are no porters to lend you a hand.

Prioritize

Amidst your activities set your priorities and pace them well with some restful periods. It may well sound like wasting precious vacation time but if you don’t wan to exhaust yourself and wear your joints off alternate activities with rest. This will help you be more organized and avoid any circumstances that will ‘force’ you to rest.

Mode of Travel

Air – If you are traveling by air, request your airline for a wheelchair so that you don’t exhaust yourself walking through terminals while carrying your luggage.
Car – Make sure you have enough leg room so that you don’t have to cram your legs in a single position for prolonged periods. You can get down every couple of hours, stretch, walk around a bit and get back to the car.
Train – Make sure restrooms and other facilities are easily accessible. You can also request the railway staff for a wheelchair to help you through the platforms.
Bus – Bus might also be a bit too congested for you. Make sure you get up your seat often walk around to keep your joints flexible.

Think Ahead

Planning, preparedness and thinking ahead would make traveling fun and rewarding for Arthritis patients despite their limitations.

Bon Voyage!