As a Fibromyalgia suffer, it is especially important to extensively plan ahead. Make sure that you know your itinerary like the back of your hand. Double check your hotel reservations, car rentals, and anything else that you can double or triple check prior to leaving for your vacation.
Making sure that everything is in line before you to take your trip can spare you a sizable amount of stress and grief.
If you are traveling with other people, do not hesitate to communicate to them what your limitations and comfort levels are.
They may be able to do more in a day than you are able to. There’s nothing wrong with going back to the hotel to rest up while others go on to another activity for the day. This communication process should occur throughout the trip, as well as before you leave, to manage expectations of the other people that will be accompanying you on your vacation.
The worst thing that can happen is for your travel companion to be surprised that you have some limitations. It’s always best to be clear and upfront before undertaking a potentially stressful endeavor like national or overseas travel.
Although it is very fashionable and often times convenient to pack light, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t include in your luggage some of your favorite pain-management tools. If you have a gel seat cushion that you find particularly comfortable, take it with you! If you have an aromatherapy kit that provides you some relief, pack that as well! You get the idea. Taking these items will help to ensure that your trip is as comfortable as possible for you.
Before you go on your trip, make sure that you get plenty of rest. More than usual. Preparing for a trip by resting will provide you with some additional stores of energy while you are on vacation. And, after you are back from your trip, you will require some additional rest as well.
A common rule of thumb is if you are away for two weeks, it is wise to take it especially easy for two weeks after you are back home. While you’re traveling, it’s also smart to pay particular attention to your energy levels. Take explicit care to manage the balance between activity and rest while you are away.
Even if this is a small excursion, it’s wise to get into the practice of managing your recovery schedules, especially when jetlag enters the picture.