For most people, deciding where to travel during summer vacation is something they plan all year long. Picking the best locations for days of fun and laughter. For people suffering from chronic pain, it can be something they dread.

As families and friends are ramping up their summer get-a-ways, it is important to have a plan to help minimize your pain.

Here are a few tips to remember when planning your vacations.

    1. Don’t just book any old hotel room: When you book a room, make sure that it includes certain features and specification that are suitable for you. After a day of traveling or sightseeing, you need to have a comfortable place to unwind. If you need a room on the first floor, a shower instead of a bathtub, or help moving luggage, just ask the hotel when booking
    2. Know how to make flying more comfortable: For most, flying is uncomfortable. For someone suffering from chronic pain it can be miserable. Make sure to wear layers. Not only will layers help with the temperature on the plane, but you can also roll sweaters or jackets for neck/back support. If you need extra support ask a flight attendant for a pillow or blanket. While on the plane, take time to stretch and walk the aisles every hour. Here are a few easy yoga stretches for airplanes. Also, plan to check your luggage. Lifting and maneuvering heavy luggage can cause more pain.
    3. Bring your stress reduction techniques with you: Traveling can be very stressful, so it is important that you do what you can to combat that stress. Take time every day to meditate, practice yoga, or exercise. Try to keep a well-balanced diet and limit your alcohol intake while traveling.

While you are enjoying your vacation, remember these tips and try to recreate as many of your stress reducing techniques. Enjoy your time with family and friends, but remember not to overdo it and take time for yourself.