The spring/summer travel season is fast approaching!! What are your plans? Perhaps attending a family reunion, dipping your toes in the surf and sand, or traveling to that “bucket list” location you have so long wanted to enjoy are your summer travel goals? Maybe you just want to relax and “get away from it all” with the family, or use up your well-earned vacation time from work? Wait no longer…..you CAN travel. With a little knowledge, preparation and planning, your travel aspirations can become a reality.
People are often discouraged from traveling due to the logistics and unknowns of travel. The unpredictability of the traveling journey in combination with the unpredictability of MS can be quite intimidating. However, knowing your options for travel, including planes, trains, or automobiles/buses/RVs can make the journey more enjoyable. Tips and tricks for efficient packing and planning will help you manage the mobility, medication or fatigue challenges that traveling with MS can pose. Also, knowing the advantages, disadvantages and travel resources of each of your travel options will provide some structure and predictability to your journey. For example, knowing how to proceed through Airport Security/Transportation Security Administration with medications, or knowing what to do with your power wheelchair or scooter in the airport will help you feel more prepared. Or, understanding where to find information, such as where to rent mobility aids or who may be the reliable travel agencies to trust with making your arrangements, make planning travel easier and less stressful. Having such information as the walking distance to/from the seat on the airplane or the width of an aisle of a train, would allow you the opportunity to take this information back to your rehabilitation team. In turn, it would allow your rehabilitation team to help you plan and practice these situations, fostering greater confidence and likely greater success and joy with travel.
With planning and preparation, you too may experience “joy de vivre” as you trek the globe. Start planning and packing; your summer destination is awaiting you. Please join us for the upcoming conversation between an occupational therapist and a physical therapist about tips and tricks to successfully traveling while managing the challenges of MS. You CAN travel! Make those dreams a reality. Bon Voyage!!!!