I figured I would share a few tips on how I manage my endometriosis symptoms while travelling.
If you have read my previous post you will see that we took a family vacation.
Now that the hustle and bustle of the trip, unpacking, reorganizing and getting our normal day to day lives back together, I can sit down with my wine and share.
It was rough I wont lie.
Not only did we travel and stay in a family members house, away from my normal comforts of home, I was also struck with a flare an hour before we left.
So I was left to deal with managing my endometriosis while travelling.
We traveled by car for 9 hours.
Yes re read that;
9 bloody hours in a car.
5 adults and my 2 kids.
Thankfully we rented an 8 passenger vehicle so we had a decent amount of space, but the best part about this truck was it had outlet plugs in the back!!!!
It was like the car gods knew I was coming and they made it happen.
- Go nowhere without your trusty heating pad, and source all outlets near and far.
I spent the majority of the trip with the heating pad on my pelvis and my chest and it was glorious.
- Peppermint tea.
As much as you can get into yourself. It works amazing for nausea! So just go ahead and order yourself an XL at the nearest coffee shop drive through.
- Embrace the endo belly.
Honestly guys! The time its going to strike is when on vacation, at the beach or pool side – its just the way this disease works lets be honest.
Put on you suit and go enjoy your vacation, time, endo belly and all. Rock that bod, because ill be dammed if this disease is going to get in the way of my long awaited vacation and down time.
- Take time for yourself.Now this might seem silly off the hop. “What do you mean take time for myself? I am on vacation its all about taking time for myself.” But vacations look very different for everyone.
Some are family friendly vacations where you have the busyness of keeping up with the kids for the week.
Some vacations are filled with travel and sight seeing and marking off bucket list areas to venture to.
Some vacations are filled with visiting family in far away places, and going out for breakfast – lunches and dinners, or bouncing from one relatives house to the next.
Manage your self care, manage time out for you, to wind down to relax and recoup. Stress is a huge trigger for most endo warriors, so as much as vacations are lovely and they get us away from our day to day stressors they have their own set of stressors as well.
I found on my vacay checking in on my Instagram page or blogging a few posts helped give me some me time back.
- Try and source and find all tools and comforts of home money can buy. If you traveling to a under developed country than bring as many tools as you possibly can, These will be life savers!
One thing I found EXTREMELY hard on this trip was not being able to bring my cannabis with me.
Its legal in Canada where I live, but we went to U.S.A and I was not allowed to cross the border with it. Also we stayed in a state where cannabis wasn’t legal, so sourcing it wasn’t an option either.
You don’t realize how much you depend on your tools until you no longer have them at your disposal.
The best moment was jumping onto my bed when we got home. A sigh of relief I was in the comfort of my own home with all of my management tools around me.
I am hopeful these tips and tricks help you even a little bit while you venture on your vacation.
Let me know if you have any tips and tricks you find helpful and useful when you travel while managing your endometriosis.