Do you ever think about traveling with joint pains? It’s not ideal to be on vacation and hurting. We’ve compiled a list to help you avoid joint pains while traveling. Conditions like arthritis, which cause joint, back and neck pains can make the thought of going on a vacation seem like a nightmare. However, traveling does not have to be painful if you follow these pain-free travel tips.
Keep It Light
Keeping your luggage as light as possible is the first thing you should do to prevent joint pains while traveling. Therefore, lighten your load by removing items which can be bought and left at your destination like towels and sandals.
Use A Rolling Suitcase
If you have nothing to unpack, buy a rolling suitcase instead of one that you have to lift and carry. If you are not able to use a rolling suitcase, split the contents of a heavy suitcase into two bags with grips that involve all five fingers since this will help you balance the weight as you carry your items.
Once you begin your journey, ensure that you lift your luggage correctly by bending your knees and using your leg muscles to lift rather than your back muscles. If you are carrying your items in one bag, carry it with the diagonal strap crossing the front of your body and switch sides often to avoid stressing one side of your back.
Stretch Your Body
If you are traveling by car, ensure that you stop every hour since sitting for long can aggravate aching joints. Take a stroll around your car and gently stretch your upper and lower body. If you are seated in a plane or train, walk to the rest room and do a few stretches while in there.
Maintain Good Posture
If you have to stand waiting for something, maintain good posture by ensuring that your ears, shoulders, hips and knees line up. Combine this with walking on the spot and bending your knees every once in a while.
If you have to sleep in transit, roll a jacket or sweater and use it as a lumbar support pillow if you have to remain upright. Keep the rolled garment under your knees if you are lying on your back or between your knees if you are sleeping on your side.
Written by: Marian Kim, FizzNiche Staff Writer
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