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Travel trips for driving to see a friend

  • By rachel20

    I have a question about how to have a better outcome for driving a couple states next door to see my friend in a couple months. The last time I visited I had a migraine the whole time and wasn’t much fun to show around town. I am kinda nervous about scheduling it and following thru with going. I have more tools to keep myself on track like: keep stress level down, eat foods without triggers, stay on sleep schedule and bring own pillows/blankets that smell like me. When I drove alone last time I woke up early (before daylight and not my usual wake up time) and then drove all day eating fast food and junk along the way. I haven’t confirmed yet or taken time off work yet because I am seeing if I can have more than one week of what I call “green light days”.

  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi rachel20,

    I’m so sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you. It’s true, traveling with migraine disease can be tricky. I’ve been doing a bit of traveling recently to help care for my aging parents, which in itself is stressful. Here’s what I’ve been doing that seems to help;

    Organize and pack a few days ahead of time
    Drink LOTS of water – even though that may be more stops while driving.
    Vigilant trigger avoidance a week before travel
    Maintain a regular sleep schedule before travel
    Have migraine disease tools on hand at all times

    Even if I do all this, I may still get a migraine attack, which is frustrating.

    When I get to my destination I try my best to take care of myself. I try and stay away from food triggers, stay hydrated and maintain a regular sleep schedule which isn’t always easy.

    I hope this helps. Let me know how you make out,