5 Common Chronic Illness Triggers and How to Avoid them While Traveling

5 Common Chronic Illness Triggers and How to Avoid them While Traveling
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Having a chronic illness is hard.
You have to deal with triggers, anxieties that you will become bedridden or get fired from your job, or if you will ever be able to do the things you really want in life.
I know because I have a chronic illness.
And all those worries? I have them. All. The. Time.
I get it.
And while I’m not a doctor, and it really depends on you and your body, here are some tips to help you travel with a chronic illness – featuring the most common triggers.

Anxiety and Stress

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I know, I know. You’re tired of hearing how stress triggers your symptoms, and you’re even more tired of getting told ‘just stop stressing’, as if it is that easy.
What to do:
  • Meditate (No, Seriously)
  • Take the day off (and binge-watch Netflix)
  • Try something relaxing
  • Have some herbal tea and eat clean foods (that you like)
  • Have a spa day (Reiki, Acupuncture, massages etc)
  • Be prepared (Use these websites and apps to make traveling easier)
  • Stay in a hotel, or other accommodation.
  • Visit a psychiatrist well before traveling
  • Talk to a therapist remotely

Inflammatory and/or Trigger Foods

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Inflammation is a big factor in many chronic illnesses, and chronic, low-grade inflammation can not only be damaging but cause a multitude of symptoms that are…unpleasant, to say the least.
What to do:
  • Eat clean and stay hydrated. Shop at supermarkets.
  • Do low-exertion exercises, like yoga. And Stretch!
  • Or, exercise more (release those toxins!) and try these top __ fun exercises
  • Know your triggers
  • Take your medication (or OTC medication)
  • Take the day off, binge-watch Netflix, and relax often. Slow travel for the win!

Bad Sleeping Habits

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It’s a bit hard to have a fixed sleeping pattern when traveling, especially during flights. However, there are some tips that can help you.
What to do:
  • Pay attention to your departure time, and follow this rule to avoid jet lag
  • Take your vitamins, eat healthy, and stay hydrated!
  • Slow travel
  • Don’t sit down every day (and don’t sit where you sleep)
  • Sleep when it gets dark to avoid jetlag in flights


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Sometimes with low-budget traveling, you can only afford transportation via walking – even though what you really want is to get to your hotel as fast as possible so you can pass out.
What to do:
  • Do low-impact exercises
  • Save extra money for other forms of transportation
  • Be prepared
  • Have a safe, comfortable place to sleep
  • Relax – take a bath, bring washcloths and a heating pad, etc.

Temperature Swings or Extreme Temperatures

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Temperatures are a common trigger, and unfortunately hard to avoid.

What to do:
  • Plan where you travel, when you travel, and how you travel.
  • Come prepared – bring something to cool you down or warm you up.
  • Ask if it is worth it


But most importantly, do what feels right and what works for you.

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