living life yellow.
the ramblings of a 21 year old
Endometriosis is pretty uncomfortable, so is travelling. Together they can be a pretty stressful situation. Over the easter break I was lucky (crazy?) enough to go away for a two night trip to Dunedin with my best friend and go to an Ed Sheeran concert. I was pretty worried about going due to my my recent flare ups but I think I planned pretty well and had a great time away!
Here are my tips for traveling with endo!
Travel with someone you are comfortable being around.
My best friend of 15ish years Hannah was my travel buddy. She was an awesome companion on this trip for me because she understands. I can tell her when I'm feeling sore without feeling guilty or like a burden. I don't feel embarrassed when I have to go to the bathroom for what feels like the millionth time. Hannah also eats gluten free (Celiac) so it was pretty easy to stick to my dietary requirements around her too.
Packing with a chronic illness is packing more than you will ever need. Make sure you don't forget anything. Make lists so you remember everything you need. I also suggest packing a day or two in advance.
The packing list consisted of:
Make an emergency kit.
This is something I have done recently to help me cope better when I'm out and about. I brought a small purse with two zips; one big main pocket and one small pocket in the front. I carried this with me everywhere as it's small and contained everything I needed just incase.
In the big pocket I keep:
Stick to your diet.
If you have dietary restrictions that help your pain then stick to it. It is so easy to let loose on holiday but it's not worth it if it's going to upset your tummy. Have a look online and do some research on some food friendly places for you! Also take it easy on the alcohol.
Think about how you are actually travelling.
Are you going by flight, car, bus or boat? Think about the duration of the journey and what to bring with you. I prefer car rides as then I can stop when I need to go to the bathroom or stretch but that's not always an option. Make sure you have comfortable clothes on (hello elastic waistband pants) for what ever way you travel. You will not regret it.
Know your limits.
I know if I do a lot of stuff in one day or walk around a lot my pain flares up. So we avoided doing those things. You want to be able to enjoy your trip and have fun but take it at your own pace. Don't feel like you have to do everything at once. Again, do a bit of research online and find some activities to do that are within your comfort zone. You may be on vacation, but your body doesn't care.
Hope these tips help you have some successful holidays!