If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Living with a chronic illness, I have to take several things into account when I travel. However, I do not let my illness dictate where I can and cannot travel to. We choose the place and worry about any adjustments I will have to make, later.
One of the places on my bucket list is Paris! Neither my husband nor I have been. We are considering a Mediterranean cruise for our tenth wedding anniversary.
For a patient with chronic illness, I find cruising suits me best for travel. For example:
1. we only have to unpack once;
2. the gym and spa amenities are wonderful;
3. there are elevators;
4. the kitchens have no trouble catering to a vegan or gluten free diet; and
5. I can always stay on board while my husband and our travel companions take excursions I cannot manage, like white water rafting.
For general travel, here are my seven tips:
1. I bring along a sleep mask for the plane to help me relax;
2. I bring nasal mist spray, to keep my nasal passage hydrated;
3. I carry antibacterial wipes and wipe down my armrests, tray table and seat back pocket. I also use these every time I visit the restroom in flight and wipe down the whole room before using;
4. I bring a mister with water and essential oil of lavender to mist my neck pillow and pashmina, to relax;
5. I carry unscented hand cream for after handwashing. Airplane air is very dry!;
6. I keep water with me, to stay hydrated; and
7. I make sure my iPod is charged with a soothing playlist.
Search #HAWMC on Twitter to read what other e-health activists have to say about their Travel Time. Until tomorrow.