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10 Tips for Migraines and Travel

Do Migraines make it more difficult for you to travel? Travel can cause us to encounter some triggers that are unavoidable, but some are avoidable, and with some careful planning, travel can be easier. Here are some suggestions for beating back the Migraine monster so traveling can be more enjoyable:

  1. Plan ahead. I can’t emphasize this enough. Planning ahead can help us avoid unpleasant surprises and scheduling messes that can mess up our schedules and trigger Migraines.
  2. Make and utilize lists. Many of us know the cognitive issues that can go with Migraines. The last thing we need is for a Migraine to be coming on as we’re getting ready to travel and end up forgetting half of what we needed to take because that Migraine zapped our memories.
  3. Delegate. I, for one, have no desire to be a super hero. We don’t have to do everything ourselves. Delegate what you can to others, and keep a list of what you delegated to whom.
  4. If elements of travel seem to be triggers, discuss them with your doctor. Some people for whom flying is a trigger take an extra preventive medication before flying, and it often keeps them from getting that Migraine. We don’t know if our doctors can help if we don’t ask.
  5. Stay on top of your medications. Refill your prescription medications when the refills are available, and watch your supply of anything over-the-counter you take.
  6. When scheduling flights, don’t cut it too close on connecting flights. It’s better to sit in an airport a bit longer than cut it too close. This is especially important if exertion and / or getting overheated are triggers for you.
  7. If you travel frequently, consider buying duplicates of toiletries, power cords and other items that are easy to forget to pack. That way, you can keep those things packed and not run the risk of forgetting them.
  8. Make yourself a Migraine bag and keep it supplied. Take a look at Ellen’s post on what she keeps in her bag for some ideas on what should go in it.
  9. Dump the guilt, and take care of yourself. If messed up sleep schedules or eating schedules are triggers for you, then stick to your schedules. We all tend to try to adapt our schedule’s to fit with those of others when traveling or spending time with others. If it’s going to trigger a Migraine, just don’t do it, and don’t feel guilty about it.
  10. If you need to stop for a Migraine, just do it. Chances are you’ll be incapacitated for a shorter period of time if you stop, take your medication, and rest than if you try to fight your way through it.

I’ve traveled more in the last 10 years than ever, going to conferences and meetings. Most of the time, I fly or drive by myself, so I’ve had to learn to deal with my Migraines while getting where I need to be. These things have made a big difference for me. I hope they’ll help you too.

Do you have travel tips to share with us? If so, please post a comment and tell us!

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  • poundinghead
    6 years ago

    I take a dark mask, headache cool patches, and a tens unit for long flights just in case. I always take a note from my doctor about having inject-able medicine with me but I have never been asked about it.

  • Julie
    7 years ago

    I want to travel like Mr. T on the A-Team. Just knock me out and wake me up when we get there! LOL, if only we could do that it would make life so much easier 🙂

  • Teri-Robert author
    7 years ago

    I hear you, Julie. I keep telling my family that I want the Star Trek transporter technology perfected. That’s all I want for Christmas. Now, is that too much to ask? 😛

  • body
    7 years ago

    Great article, Teri. I also pack healthy snacks in case there is no food available that I can eat. And, once I get through screening, I load up on water.

  • Teri-Robert author
    7 years ago

    Thanks, Sharron! Great suggestions on the snacks and water. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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