Managing Holiday Travel & Stress with IBD
For the estimated 3.1 million Americans living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), the joy of holiday travel often comes with a unique set of challenges.
From unpredictable symptoms to the anxiety of finding suitable accommodations, managing IBD while on the road requires careful planning.
Thankfully, there are ways to ensure a smoother, less stressful travel experience during the holiday season.
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Holiday Travel Tips
Create a Plan with Your Healthcare Team
Before embarking on your holiday journey, consult with your healthcare team.
Discuss your travel plans and potential triggers with them to ensure you have the necessary resources to manage your condition while away from home.
Your healthcare provider can offer valuable insights and may recommend adjustments to your treatment plan if needed.
Plan Your Meals
Planning your meals is crucial when visiting relatives or traveling to new destinations. Compile a list of safe foods and those to avoid and share it with your hosts or inquire about restaurant menus in advance.
If staying at a hotel, contact them beforehand to discuss your dietary needs. This preparation can help you maintain a consistent and IBD-friendly diet during your travels.
Keep Your Symptoms in Mind
Before hitting the road, schedule a visit to your doctor to discuss any new or worsening symptoms. Work together to develop strategies to manage symptoms while away, ensuring you have a plan for unexpected challenges during your trip.
Include Frequent Rest Stops
Know the rest stop locations along your route, and plan for breaks to manage fatigue and potential symptoms. Familiarizing yourself with restroom facilities can help provide peace of mind during your journey.
Dehydration is a genuine concern for many IBD sufferers, so it’s crucial to stay hydrated while traveling. Bring a refillable water bottle and sip water regularly throughout your journey. Hydration also helps maintain your overall well-being and can contribute to a more comfortable travel experience.
Pack an Emergency Kit
Prepare for unforeseen circumstances by packing an emergency kit. Include a change of clothes, extra medication, wet wipes, and hydration solutions. This kit can be a lifesaver in case of unexpected setbacks or delays.
Maintain Your Medication Schedule
Consistency is vital when managing IBD. Stick to your prescribed medication schedule and set reminders to ensure you never miss a dose, even while on vacation. Your health should remain a top priority, even during the festivities.
Don’t Overcommit to Activities
While holiday gatherings may tempt you with various activities, avoid overcommitting yourself. Listen to your body and be selective about the events you attend. Prioritize quality time over quantity, ensuring you balance socializing and self-care.
Get Plenty of Rest
Traveling can be physically and emotionally taxing. Prioritize sufficient rest to support your overall well-being. A well-rested body is better equipped to handle the challenges associated with IBD.
Remember to Prioritize Your Needs
Remember to prioritize your needs amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Communicate openly with friends and family about your limitations and boundaries, fostering understanding and support.
As the holiday season approaches, we hope these tips help you navigate holiday travel with greater ease and less stress. Planning, communicating with your healthcare team, and prioritizing self-care can ensure a joyful and memorable holiday experience. Most importantly, don’t forget to schedule your biologic infusion therapy around your travel plans to maintain your health and well-being.
The Altus Biologics Family wishes you a happy and stress-free holiday season!