5 Things to Know About Traveling With Lupus

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Pretty much everyone likes to travel. But sometimes it’s not as easy as it should be–for several reasons. For healthy people, traveling can sometimes be tiring, exhausting and hard to plan, but for someone living with a chronic illness it can be even harder. Take lupus patients as an example.

If you’re living with lupus, planning a trip can be tricky and take a few extra measures. Each trip needs to be very well planned when you are dealing with unpredictable symptoms. Even the stress of all the planing, can cause a flare. So to help you deal with that stress and make a getaway a little easier on you, check out this list of tips from Kellie “Hurricane” McRae:


1. Make sure you have all of your medications with you.


As much as we don’t like popping pills, staying on top of your regimen will help reduce the possibility of a flare, and the stress of trying to figure out where to go if you run out or forget them.

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2. Have your emergency contacts readily available.


Pin the names and contact numbers, and how these people are relevant to you, in a place with your travel documents (airline, train, bus tickets or with your passport).

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3. Get plenty of rest before your trip.


Lupus already comes with its own built-in sleep system in the form of chronic fatigue, but there are days that seem like all is right with the world. The thought of traveling is already stressful, so to attempt to ensure that you have more high-energy days, it’s important to have really restful nights.

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4. Look up medical care facilities near where you will be traveling and bookmark them with the GPS app on your phone.


Google maps will let you create a list of places that can be accessed with one touch. Trying to figure out which medical place is closest if you really need it will only add to the angst of an already touchy situation. So get ready just in case.

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5. Remember that you deserve this!


You deserve to be happy, to spend some great time away with your family and have some fun. Worry and guilt can trigger a flare before you even get there. Cut yourself a little slack, you’ll have more fun that way.

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