With the holiday season in full swing, many people are gearing up to hit the road to see family and friends. For those who constantly have to deal with migraines, travel during this time of the year can be very difficult. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid a migraine during holiday travel. While these tips are great for vacationing any time of year, they are especially pertinent during the holidays when our stress levels are higher.
#1: Avoid stress by planning ahead.
Anyone who has ever traveled knows just how stressful it can be. It is important to plan ahead for any type of problem that you may encounter when you are traveling. This will help you to minimize the stress of traveling and your chances of getting a migraine.
#2: Eat! Make sure you do no skip meals.
Forgetting to eat can be one of the easiest ways to bring on a migraine during your holiday travel. When you are traveling, packing extra food can be very smart. When you are on planes for hours at a time, make sure you fill up on healthy snacks (and water!) to prevent a migraine.
#3: Take naps when possible.
When you are able to, sneak in a nap. Being tired can be a perfect way to invite a migraine into your travel routine. While on planes or in cars, try to sneak a few minutes or even hours for a nap. This can make a big difference when fighting against the onset of migraines.
#4: Drink a lot of water.
A lot of people find it very easy to sip on coffee and sugary drinks to stay alert. However, these drinks will really dehydrate you if you forget to drink water along with them. Dehydration is an easy way to get a migraine.
#5: Avoid alcohol.
Just like some foods, alcohol can be a migraine trigger. While your friends or family may be drinking during your vacation, try to avoid over-indulging in alcohol. Too much can cause a migraine.
#6: Consider travel insurance.
If you have migraines that require immediate medical attention, you need to check with your insurance provider to see if they cover you in different areas. If they do not cover you, it may be a good idea to invest in travel insurance when you are traveling with a migraine.
While some of these tips may seem like a no-brainer, they still serve as good reminders for migraine sufferers. Happy holidays — and traveling!
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