Tips for Travel

Tips for Air Travel

  • Make reservations early and request seat assignment at this time. If you have trouble walking make request for wheelchair or motorized cart in advance for both the airports of departure and arrival.
  • Request seat with extra leg space. You may prefer an aisle seat so that getting in and out of your seat is easier.
  • Prevent stiffness during a flight with simple range-of-motion exercises and getting up and stretching as much as possible.
  • Whenever possible book a non-stop direct flight to avoid the inconvenience of having to transfer planes.
  • Bring medications aboard with you in your carry-on luggage just in case your luggage gets lost.
  • Build in an extra day to your trip to help recover from jet lag.

Tips for Train Travel

  • Make reservations early.
  • Pack meals (unless there is a pantry car), drinking water and medicines to avoid running around for them during the journey. You may need to you need to eat with your medications.
  • If you have trouble walking make request for wheelchair to the stationmaster of the departure and arrival stations in advance.

Tips for Car Travel

  • Make as many stops as necessary to avoid fatigue and to stretch when joint stiffness begins to set in.
  • At stoplights do exercises such as shoulder rolls, head tilts and neck stretches.
  • Use a horseshoe pillow for head and neck support.
  • Use a cervical collar for neck pain.
  • Place a lumbar pillow behind you for added back support.
  • Cushions can be used to absorb vibrations or soften the seat for sore hips and backs.
  • Use a cushioned seat belt to minimize shoulder discomfort.
  • Install a comfortable steering wheel cover to protect hand joints by allowing a looser grip.
  • Install special wide-angle side and rear-view mirrors to increase your field of view without having to twist and turn in the driver’s seat.