8 Tips for Traveling with Multiple Sclerosis
- by Lauren R.
- December 12, 2016
Lauren R. is a paid employee of Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
Whether you have multiple sclerosis or you support someone with MS these tips can help you prepare for your trip.
During your travel keep in mind that you may encounter stress and heat, which can affect MS so talk to your doctor prior to traveling.
How to prepare:
- Plan ahead so the trip will go as smoothly as possible and if needed, take some time for yourself to decompress (traveling can be stressful!).
- Check the weather and pack appropriately. If it’s going to be warm, ensure you have proper cooling equipment and stay hydrated.
- Prioritize your activities and don’t feel like you have to do everything. Take a nap if you need to. Save your energy during travel.
- If flying, call the airline in advance to arrange transportation from gate to gate if needed.
- Also, call the hotel ahead of time if special accommodations are needed.
What to bring:
- Pack a couple extra days of medication and supplies, because traveling doesn’t always go exactly as planned. If you are flying, you will want to keep your medication and supplies in your carry-on luggage so they are not lost or damaged.
- I also recommend bringing the current prescription labels for your medications, and make sure the name on the prescription matches the name on your ID or passport. Check with your pharmacy prior to travel; they may be able to send you a duplicate label upon request.
- Additionally, if your medications are temperature sensitive, you want to be mindful of where they will be at all times.
If you are flying and want to ensure that security is traversed smoothly allow for extra time when making your travel plans. Be sure to keep your medication and supplies in your carry-on luggage so you can show it to security easily. Medically necessary equipment is allowed through security, and the 3-1-1 rule does not apply to medically necessary liquids. When you arrive at the security checkpoint, be sure to declare and display any medication and medically necessary equipment to the transportation security officer. Another thing to keep in mind is that assistive devices must be inspected. Be sure to let the transportation security officer know of your ability to stand or walk prior to the screening and if you need to be immediately reunited with the device post-screening.
I hope these tips will help you be at ease on your next trip. Please share your own travel tips here so others can benefit!
Shared Solutions® Nurse
About The Author
Lauren R., RN MSCN, is an MS Certified Nurse who works at Teva's Shared Solutions®. She has specialized in multiple sclerosis for three years and has 10 years of nursing experience.
COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.
Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.