5 Tips for Flying with a Chronic Illness
I don’t know about you but when I was diagnosed with my first chronic illness, I didn’t realize how much it would impact my life. My husband and I travel frequently and getting used to our new reality took some time. I’m sharing the 5 lessons I’ve learned over the past 7 years for successfully navigating the airport while living with a chronic illness.
- Be prepared – Make sure you have your meditation. I travel with a huge pouch with my prescription medicines. All refilled and enough to last my trip.
- Plan for the extra help – The last thing you wanna do is end up at the airport, running late for your flight, and just hoping that they have someone to help you.
- Don’t be afraid to explain your situation – Talk to flight attendants, gate operators, etc. They can offer assistance if you have special needs. You can let them know of any allergies that you may have. Never be embarrassed about your issues or your disability. Never ever let that get in the way of you getting the help that you need.
- Make yourself comfortable – The last thing you wanna happen is you eating something that is out of your diet. Bring snacks, bring things such as neck pillows if you have neck pains, pick a seat if you need to. There’s nothing wrong with making sure you’re comfortable especially on the plane.
- Spend on things that will help you at the airport – Totally worth it. Get an airline credit card if it means being able to wait in the lounge area to relax, having priority passes in lines, or being able to drop your baggage off without getting in line. Being able to seamlessly go through security is a huge thing. All these things help you to feel a little less stressed out and a little less anxious about the whole situation.
Whatever the case may be you can use these tips to make your travel experiences a little bit better.
Cheers to Health & Happiness,