Top 10 Multiple Sclerosis Travel Tips
- by Teva's Lift MS® Team
- June 24, 2019
We’ve heard many times from Teva’s Lift MS® Facebook community that traveling with multiple sclerosis can be challenging. We’re listening, and as a way to help, we’re focusing this round of the Tips and Tricks series on ways that could make traveling a little more manageable. Whether you’re going by air, boat or car, we hope these tips will help ease your travels.
- Bring snacks and stay hydrated. No matter how you are traveling, it’s important that you stay hydrated and snack as needed. Our kale chips and peanut butter balls are easy to make and can help keep you satisfied. Find the recipe here if you are interested in making them for your next trip.
- Watch the labels. If you are planning on flying, make sure the name on your prescription label matches your photo ID. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), it is recommended that medication be clearly labeled to facilitate the screening process.
- Inform the TSA. The TSA also requires security screenings for all medications. Be sure to inform the TSA ahead of time if you are traveling with any medications in your carry-on luggage.
- Pack light. No matter where you are going, packing light will help make traveling more manageable.
- Pack comfortably. Bring a pillow and blanket with you. You never know when you’ll want it, especially if you’re on a long road trip or sitting in the airport.
- Handicapped placard prep. Every state has different requirements for handicapped parking placards. That’s why the DMV recommends contacting both your DMV and the other state’s DMV to make sure you’re clear on what to do when driving in a new state.
- Choose a close seat. Some airlines let you choose your seat. If you can, try to choose a seat near the front of the plane. This could help keep you from having to walk through several aisles and avoid potential difficulties getting to the restroom.
- Wear comfortable shoes. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Momentum magazine has a few recommendations for comfortable shoe options when traveling. Comfortable shoes could also make maneuvering through security lines and between terminals easier when flying.
- Stay organized. Keep all travel documents in a pouch or wallet that’s easily accessible to avoid having to dig through your bags. Find other ways to stay organized, like our handy packing list, in the MS Travel Tips blog post.
- Download Teva's Shared Solutions® travel guide. Teva's Shared Solutions® wants to help you travel with confidence. Download and print the tips for traveling with multiple sclerosis guide, then take it with you on your next trip.
Now it’s your turn! Share a tip that has helped you or a loved one with MS. We just might feature it in our next blog post.
If you’re looking for more travel tips, check out eight travel tips from one of Teva’s Shared Solutions® nurses and specific tips for traveling with COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection).
We also have ideas for creating an MS-friendly home, a few techniques to help with your day-to-day life, and even ways to stimulate your mind. If you prefer watching videos, you can check out our tips on Teva's Lift MS® Facebook page.
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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.