Dust off that suitcase. It’s time for a VACATION! But before you start sightseeing, set your sights on these travel tips that’ll help make your trip hassle-free.

Here are five simple tips to make your vacation smooth sailing. Or flying. Or driving. Well, you get the idea. Download the PDF below that includes helpful tools for planning your trip, packing and travel logistics.

  • Pace yourself. Prioritize your activities and build in some recovery time. And listen to your body. You don’t want to overdo it on the first day. That would be a total rookie move.
  • Check the ego. Don’t be wary of using the tools that are available to you. Wheelchairs, canes, trekking poles, rollaters, and disposable undergarments—is someone staring? They’re just jealous of your well-equipped entourage.
  • Pill poppers. The employees in customs aren’t exactly trained in MS-pill-detection. So avoid an unexpected layover by keeping your meds in their original, labeled containers.
  • Two is better than one. A reliable travel buddy can be a godsend when you need a little extra assistance
  • Be a tourist. Take pictures. Go on tours. Visit museums. SEE EVERYTHING. Focus on the fun, not on your MS.

Even the savviest globetrotter still needs to be safe. Keep your MS specialist’s number on you at all times. And pay special attention to how you’re feeling. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) website, a true exacerbation “is a worsening of old symptoms or the appearance of new ones that last at least 24 hours.” You’re going to be experiencing new environments, temperatures and stressors—all of which could cause a temporary flare up, which should clear by the next day. Bon voyage!

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