How to Travel With a Chronic Ilness
There’s nothing quite like a trip to a new or tried-and-true place… A change in scenery is good for the soul. Though traveling can be stressful at times in planning, decision making or attempting to navigate around an unfamiliar city, it always seems worthwhile in the end. You might think traveling with a chronic illness will add an extra layer of stress, but think of it as just an extra layer of preparation and whatever you do, don’t let it stop you from exploring.
Be Prepared Before You Leave
There are some extra precautions and preparations you need to take on before hitting the road, air or sea. Identifying challenges and opportunities will help you map out a vacation that you can enjoy without causing flare-ups. Traveling requires you to pack the daily necessities of your routine and home into a bag or car and hope you don’t forget something crucial. Begin making a packing checklist well in advance of your departure date. We highly recommend using an app like Wunderlist so you can add items to your list on your phone from anywhere at anytime and even share your list with someone else that might remember an item you’ve forgotten. If you need an infusion or injection before and/or after your trip, schedule before hand and speak to your doctor if there’s any certain backup medications you can travel with as needed.
Define What Your Ideal Vacation Looks Like
Within the confines of the challenges you’ve listed, now is the time to imagine your picture-perfect vacation. Is it relaxing on the beach or hanging in a hammock in the mountains? Is it days filled with hiking, or nights at great restaurants? Do you want to hang out with friends, or prioritize some “me time”? However you define your ideal vacation, always budget in days and activities that are friendly to your chronic condition and ensure you’re not skimping on sleep.
Plan Your Vacation
Now that you know your challenges and your priorities, you can make your plan. For instance, want beach time but struggle with climate? Schedule shorter periods early in the morning or later in the evening, and make sure you’ve got shade, fans, and plenty of water to stay hydrated. Looking forward to fun nights out at restaurants? Do some research to find places that cater to your dietary needs, and check the menu beforehand. As always, the internet is full of tips for various modes of travel.
Preparation = Relaxation
Preparing ahead of time by being realistic about what your challenges are and what you’re looking for will help you craft a vacation that leaves you feeling satisfied and happy. Many people don’t put much thought into exactly what they’re hoping to get out of a vacation and end up feeling frazzled and as if time slipped through their fingers — but not you! You’ve got the opportunity to think ahead, arrive prepared and best of all, make a plan for fun and memories.
Therapies We Administer
IVX Health administers high quality infusion and injection therapies, including:
If IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.
With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.
At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.