- If you have mobility problems let your travel operator know when you book so you can ensure your needs are met.
- If your mobility problems are severe, consider using a specialist travel company that provides holidays tailored to your needs.
- Use lightweight luggage with wheels and pack as few items as you can to avoid dragging a heavy load.
- Pack all essential medications and supplements in your hand luggage.
- Pack easy access wholesome snacks when hunger hits.
- Prepare for possible flare-ups while you're away. Make sure you pack items you usually rely on to help you cope. For example, relaxation tapes, movies, or favorite massage oil.
- Avoid overdoing things by allowing yourself plenty of time to reach the station or airport.
- Do begin packing weeks a head of time in little spurts to ensure you aren't rushed the night before.
- Travel mid-week when airports, highways, and stations are less likely to be crowded.
- Reserve an aisle seat on a bus or plane to make it easier for you to get up and stretch your legs or do simple arm stretches to ease stiffness and pain.
- Pop travel cushions or pillows in your hand luggage for extra support and comfort.
- Wear comfortable clothing. Layers are a good idea as the body thermostat isn't always on key for sufferers of fibromyalgia.
- Allow time for differences when taking your medications.
- Remember to pace yourself even if you feel energetic. Alternate spells of sightseeing with periods of rest. Now take off!
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