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What’s In Your Bag?

The most important items in my migraine travel toolkit are my two pairs of migraine glasses. We all know that many kinds of light can either contribute to triggering an attack or make a current one much worse, which is known as photophobia; bright or filtered sun, for example, or fluorescent bulbs, including energy saving CFLs. Sunglasses with the FL-41 tint, like TheraSpecs, best block the particular rays that are worst for migraine brains and eyes. I try to never be without mine, but I am unfortunately sometimes careless as a result of brain fog, or maybe it’s just my personality. And migraine-specific glasses are fairly expensive. Sunglasses are easy to lose. (Note: I have not been paid by TheraSpecs nor were my glasses discounted for this recommendation.)

Indoor and outdoor Theraspecs

For Christmas this year I asked my parents for only one thing. Well, two. My trusty TheraSpecs, both indoor and outdoor, were no longer so trusty. My indoors were lost. In the photo of all of us advocates at last year’s Health Union (Migraine.com’s parent company) Connexion conference, it’s clear that I am the only one wearing outdoor TheraSpecs… indoors. You can’t see my eyes. I did that for a year, until the scratches started driving me crazy and the eye pieces got super wiggly and one of them finally fell off. John fixed them for me, but I had my eye on a beautiful new pair with more of a cat’s eye shape and tortoiseshell frames. I did get both indoor and outdoor versions of them for Christmas and I was very happy.

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“Okay, maybe Nancy also was wearing her outdoors!”

Searching for missing glasses

Until February when I was leaving with X to take her to school and I couldn’t find my outdoors in my purse. My huge, cavernous purse filled with… everything. We scoured the house, and the car, seemingly for days, and I thought about where I’d been and was preparing to start calling businesses when John got it in his head that they had to be in our house and he would find them. Finally, it was me who suddenly had an image of myself in the dining room removing things from my purse, fishing for keys, or my wallet, or a receipt, or something, and placing the sunglasses on the love seat (which tends to be used for temporary storage). I searched through all of the things there and found my TheraSpecs in Zo’s paper Valentine’s Day school bag with all the candy wrappers and stickers and sweet tarts.

Getting more organized

Horrified that the expensive, necessary sunglasses might have been accidentally tossed out, I realized I needed to get more organized so I could find things faster and store them easier. I bought a soft eyeglass case with a flexible closure to replace the drawstring bag I was using to protect the new lenses from scratches and slipped it into one of the outside purse pockets. I stopped stowing receipts and wrappers and empty water bottles in my bag and packed everything into zipper pouches to keep my items separated. One bag contains makeup, one contains loose change, one contains tissues and nail clippers and extra business cards.

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The largest bag has all my migraine items. Earplugs, earbuds, mentholated patches, extra medicine for both me and X, a thin sleeping mask, peppermint lotion, a Vicks “vapinhaler” (menthol again), and a pain relieving roll on. AND extra dark sunglasses just in case. What do you keep with you in case of migraine emergency? How do you stay organized?

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Comments

  • Luvmyfam22
    1 year ago

    I love this post!!!! I often think I’m crazy because I get teased for carrying a tote bag full of items! LOL! But…if I don’t I am in big trouble because I can’t leave home without at least 5 varies of meds – who knows when & the severity of the migraine; pouch full of essential oils; TheraSpecs; calming games – which I get ‘teased’ for playing, because ‘How can you use your iPad if you have a migraine?”; earplugs; tissues for the constant runny eyes and nose…and much more! Glad I’m not alone!! Thanks!

  • Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel moderator author
    12 months ago

    Hi Luvmyfam! Thank you for your comment! It’s so nice to not feel alone. If people think we can’t use iPads, they don’t know what they’re talking about (although of course, everyone is different, which is what makes migraine such a tricky disease). Take care!

  • RobinfromCA
    1 year ago

    I do the same thing. I have a bag in my purse with all the necessary meds for varying degrees of migraine and/or nausea. I also keep ear plugs, roll on lavender oil, chapstick (because for some reason dry lips will make me nuts during a migraine), and I recently got prescription dark blue tint sunglasses that help control the glare from anything that pokes needles in my brain. I think I’m going to add some Vicks though because the eucalyptus is always calming and thanks for the idea! I always have plenty of water and a Coke in the car or in my carry-on luggage when I travel.

  • Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel moderator author
    12 months ago

    Hi Robin, I’m so glad I’m not alone in my drinking Coke! I think it’s kind of a migraine “thing” because at the conference last year all of the migraine advocates had cans of cola. 🙂 I’m glad you’re going to add the Vicks! take care <3

  • mmjardel
    1 year ago

    This is not crazy – I thought I was the only one. I do almost the same routine. Different games and reading but same idea. I do have a bag in my backpack that goes everyplace with me for migraine treatment. Extra meds – airplane ear plugs because barometric pressure is one of my biggest trigger, – extra dark glasses, – peppermint and lavender roll on- bio freeze spray- eye mask – head phones- ice packs that you crush to make them cold. I have basilar and hemeplegic migraine so I also carry medic alert and husband and sons contact info in addition to the ICE Alert app on my phone.

  • Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel moderator author
    12 months ago

    Awesome! I love this!

  • RobinfromCA
    1 year ago

    I keep thinking I need to get some of those ice packs. One of these days I’ll remember to do that!

  • DinaMay
    1 year ago

    I’ve pretty much given up trying to cart all supplies with me. I’d need one of those remote control suitcases that follows you around on its own! Now I have a morning routine that lets me know if I’m up to leaving the house that day – I do a few solitaire games on my iPad followed by a crossword followed by a sudoku. If I can’t successfully complete all those in the time it takes to drink one cup of coffee, I’m not up to par and better cancel everything. It sounds pretty funny now that I put it in print. Now I’m going to bed cuz I have a migraine brewing.

  • Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel moderator author
    12 months ago

    DinaMay, that is great! You know yourself and realize that if you can’t successfully complete those puzzles / games you won’t be able to function outside the house. Good idea!

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