When you are planning a getaway vacation, the last thing you want to deal with is a migraine. Unfortunately, traveling is a top migraine trigger. Cabin pressure changes during air travel and motion sickness are both linked to causing headaches. Also, no matter how you get to your destination, the sheer stress of traveling can bring on a migraine attack all on its own. Don’t worry though; there are precautions you can take to avoid migraines while you are traveling. Take extra care to avoid triggers and follow these tips to help make sure your trip is headache and migraine free:
- Plan Ahead: Avoid the stress that usually occurs by organizing your itinerary and pre-travel errands in advance to ward off headache pain. Prepare your luggage a day ahead, arrange for some downtime to relax before you take off and leave plenty of time to get to your destination so that you aren’t worrying.
- Eat Right: While traveling to new places allows you to try new foods, make sure to steer clear of foods that you know trigger migraines. Stick with a regular eating schedule and keep your caffeine consumption on a par with your usual intake, because increasing or decreasing your caffeine levels can trigger migraines.
- Drink Water: Stay hydrated, especially if you are flying, in a hot climate, or participating in vigorous physical activity, such as hiking, skiing or swimming.
- Avoid Potential Risks: Those who are susceptible to migraines are usually sensitive to bright or flickering light, extremes of hot and cold, loud noises, and strong odors. Try your best to avoid or minimalize your exposure to those potential triggers.
- Be Mindful of Motion: Motion sickness is a top migraine trigger, so take medication along with you to stave off any motion sickness you might experience if you’re jostled around in a car, plane, train or boat.
- Be prepared for a climate Change: If you are traveling to a different climate than you are used to, be aware that changes in temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and high altitudes, can cause migraines. While you can’t control these influences, you can take precautions to ward off migraines or at least reduce their severity.
- Don’t Forget Your Medication: Make sure to bring your medications for your migraine pain with you on your trip. Also keep a dose handy during any of your excursions.