15 Things That Make a Chronic Road Trip Better


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This week Abigail, Zeva the Diva, and I are on the road! On our first day of driving through the southwest, we made a pit stop in Phoenix to catch up with Elysha.   While sipping our iced coffee we discussed the items we like bringing along on road trips.  So here is a list of what we bring for comfort and more:

Emergency Medical Information Wallet Card

It is too stressful to try to remember all of my important information that could save my life in an emergency situation.  To help me and those traveling with me I keep my information safely tucked in my wallet.

2. Neck pillow

I use a neck pillow for support and comfort.  Great for naps and for treating my neck with my Oska Pulse.

3. Heat wraps or heated seats:  Heat keeps my lower back muscles happy on a long car ride.  If the car I am riding in doesn’t have heated seats I use heat wraps.


4. Slippers or soft socks:  Taking a road trip in the summer means that the air conditioning will be blowing full blast.  When my feet get cold the muscles tense up and ache.  Slippers help them relax and reduces my pain.


5: Comfortable clothing:  Leggings and anything with a loose or giving waist band is a must for me.


6. Adult diapers:  Even though chronic diarrhea and urinary incontinence is no longer an issue for me, I will always keep a few diapers in my vehicle.  The reason for this is because it doesn’t matter how strong someone’s bladder is when you are stuck in traffic in the middle of the desert and there are no exits or facilities for miles when you need to go, you NEED to go!  The next time I have to sit on the highway and wait 3 hours for an accident to be cleared, I won’t have to stress about having my own accident!


7. Soft blanket:  I have a plush throw that I bring along.  It helps soothe aching muscles and gives me something soft to lean against the door with.


8. Water:  I keep a cooler filled with water bottles.  Instead of filling it with ice, I freeze half of the bottles and place them with the rest.


9. Snacks:  Like with the diapers, we never know where we might get stuck or how long it will be to we have access to food again.  I prefer to fill my snack back with foods that are healthy but that also aren’t perishable.


10. Coffee:  Elysha, Abigail, and I all agree we can’t go on a road trip without COFFEE!


11. Sleep mask:  Blocking out the light while napping in the car helps me get a deeper rest.  Also comes in handy if I happen to flare and need to rest during the day at the hotel.

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12. Electronics: Phones, Nintendo 3DS, iPad, etc…. Having our favorite aps, games, music, and movies downloaded keep us entertained on the road and in our hotels. Having access to my Hulu account has gotten me through many vacation flares.


13. Pain relief products:  Prescriptions for those who take them, Mo’s Dream Cream Pain Stick, Fay Farm’s CBD lotion, and my favorite drug-free pain relief product Oska Pulse.

14. Swim suit, sneakers, and workout clothes:  Whether I intend on exercising or not, a dip in the pool or Jacuzzi always relaxes my muscles and helps me fall asleep faster. Vacations are not a time for me to break free from my regular routines.  If I do I will have a harder time getting back into the swing of things when I return.  A few minutes in the hotel gym or walking the grounds each day is better than nothing.


15. Mobility Aids:  Even with all my latest physical improvements, I still need to use my mobility aids during severe flares.  Because I can’t be certain of how a new climate will affect my body or if we will experience any storms I can’t be sure that I won’t need my wheelchair.  So I bring it just in case.  I’d rather be prepared for the worst than miss out on the fun because I didn’t.


What do you like to bring on road trips?

Coming next week: Recap of my road trip!

Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

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