It’s impossible to enjoy your vacations with family if you’re experiencing a migraine attack. Try these tips to ward off migraines and enjoy your travels.
When you’re yearning for a getaway for pleasure or business, the last thing you want is a migraine attack. Unfortunately, travel can be the biggest migraine trigger. Due to changes in cabin pressure, blood vessels can dilate, leading to migraine pain, and motion sickness from riding in boats, trains, or cars can also cause headaches. Finally, no matter what your mode of transport to your destination, the sheer stress of getting there can bring on a migraine attack on its own.
Here’s the great news: There are many tips you can you can use to avoid migraines while traveling. Take extra care to avoid all known triggers and follow these easy tips to help make sure your trip is completely headache-free and enjoyable.
Don’t forget your medication
If you’ve been prescribed some drugs or you take any OTC medications to ease your migraine pain, be sure to take them with you on your trip. It’s helpful to keep dose ready for your day excursions you take in case you get hit with a migraine while you’re far away from your toiletries.
Take a sound sleep
If your sleeping pattern gets disturbed, you can become more susceptible to migraines. Therefore, you should make every effort to get sufficient-but not too much-sleep while you’re traveling, and especially the night before your departure. You won’t like to spend the first day of your trip nursing a migraine.
It’s best to plan your trip ahead
Stress can lead to headaches, so try to organize your pre-travel errands and itinerary in advance. Prepare your luggage at least a day in advance, and spare some time to relax before you finally take off. This will leave you with plenty of time to get to your destination, whether you’re flying, driving, or boarding a train, bus or boat.
Eat the right food
When you get a chance to visit new places, you often try to enjoy the local cuisine, but if you know certain foods-for instance, cheese, chocolate, citrus, red wine, artificial sweeteners, sugar, soy sauce-can trigger your migraine attacks, steer clear of them. Instead, maintain a regular eating schedule-leaving long period between your meals or getting off-schedule can also induce a headache. in addition, don’t increase or decrease your caffeine consumption because drastic fluctuation in caffeine levels can also trigger migraines.
Don’t overdo it
Whether you’re planning to go a vacation, a business trip, or maybe just visiting your family and friends, you might try to fit in as much as possible, but too much alcohol, too much activity, and even too much of sweets can increase chances of developing an attack.
You should do everything possible to stay hydrated on your trip, especially if you’re planning to spend time in a hot climate, or will be participating in vigorous activities, such as skiing, hiking, or swimming.
Avoid all potential risks
All those who are susceptible to migraines are usually sensitive to flickering or bright light, loud noises, extremes of hot and cold, and strong odors. Do everything possible to minimize or avoid exposure to these possible triggers. Pack a sleeping mask, sunglasses, and earplugs. Talk to your doctor about migraine medications you need to pack to avoid any discomforts during flights.
Be mindful of motion
Did you know motion sickness is one of the biggest migraine trigger, so take all medication along with you to stave off any illness if you are jostled around on a plane, a car or a boat.
Seek smoke-free alternatives
If you’ve plans to travel overseas, smoking is allowed in many privately owned and public places, including bars, restaurants, offices, and hotels. Many studies have shown that tobacco is directly linked to migraines, so ask for nonsmoking rental cars, rooms, and seating accommodations on buses and trains. Choose eating establishments that prohibit smoking, or you can opt for a table in an outdoor areas, where chances of concentrated smoke are less. Do everything possible to limit exposure to secondhand smoke, especially in early part of your trip, while you’re trying to adjust to the new environment.
Be prepared for a change in climate
If you’re traveling to a far-off place and will experience a change in climate or an extreme change in temperature, be aware that changes in humidity, temperature, and barometric pressure can also cause migraine attacks. Also, if you’re going to indulge in snowboarding or skiing or deep-sea diving at high altitudes, you’re also at risk of migraine discomfort. While it’s impossible to control these influences, you can take some precautions to head off migraines or at least reduce severity of attacks.
Even if you take all possible precautions to avert an attack, you may still end up with a migraine while traveling. If that happens, don’t panic and take time t de-stress yourself until the time you feel better. Make sure you’ve eaten and are properly hydrated. Don’t forget to take your migraine medication. And avoid negative thinking-after all your memorable trip doesn’t have to be ruined by the migraine beast.