Top 10 Multiple Sclerosis Travel Tips

  • by  Teva's Lift MS® Team
  •   June 24, 2019

Tips and Tricks for traveling

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Pack light. No matter where you are going, packing light will help make traveling more manageable.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

See Important Safety Information below and full Prescribing Information for Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate Injection).

COP-45501 June 2018
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27 Comment(s)
  • Jack | April 24, 2017
    Thanks so much for the tips! I have a trip coming up and these are great.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | April 25, 2017
      We’re so glad to hear our community has been helpful to you, Jack. You’re part of what makes this blog great!
  • John  | April 26, 2017
    Good tips!
  • Broncho  | April 26, 2017
    I look forward to hearing from Lift MS
  • Lynnette  | April 28, 2017
    I hope to get more tips from this website
  • Diane | April 28, 2017
    When getting a hotel room, ask in advance what their handicapp room consists of,especially the bathroom. If you need a roll in shower or if you can get by with a bath chair.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | May 01, 2017
      Thank you for sharing this tip, Diane.
  • Susan | May 04, 2017
    I recently travel and I pack light so I don't have to carry a luggage and I still had to wait to get off the plane.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | May 05, 2017
      Thanks for sharing your story, Susan!
  • Ellen | May 15, 2017
    Going on a cruise in a few months. Any tips on that would be great.
  • Ginny | May 19, 2017
    Very useful information .
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | May 22, 2017
      We’re glad you like the blog, Ginny! Check out Teva’s Lift MS Facebook page: We think you’ll like it.
  • Janet | May 28, 2017
    some more tips on exerclng
  • linda | May 30, 2017
    I have found that when flying since I have a wheel chair walker it is easier for me through the airport as when I get tired my husband doesn't have to wait for me he just puts the foot things down and away we go he loves it and so do I it works quite well everywhere as a matter of fact.
  • Carol | June 17, 2017
    I travel in January but no restroom for the persons with disabilities and no assistance.
  • Tamara | June 19, 2017
    I'm glad to have you!
  • Carolyn  | June 20, 2017
    Arrange for a wheelchair even if you're sure you won't need one. I had a VERY difficult time getting one once. I had been feeling very well, but by the time I got through security, I didn't have the energy to walk to the gate! I had to go through a very stressful, emotional, difficult ordeal to get a wheelchair!
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | June 21, 2017
      Thanks for sharing, Carolyn.
  • Sher | June 27, 2017
    When travelling by air. The airlines are more than helpful when it comes to needing assistance moving around the airport. They will meet you at check in with a wheelchair and get you to your gate. They will provided wheelchair assistance whererever you need. The airport is a big placed, take advantage of the service they offer whether you are wheelchair dependent or not.
  • Dayna | July 13, 2017
    I recently travelled with my copaxone shots and the TSA help line recommended using a hard case for the syringes- a cheap plastic pencil case with the prescription from a box taped to the top did a great job and I could keep it with me.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 17, 2017
      Thank you for your comment, Dayna. Best wishes!
  • Diane | July 13, 2017
    To prevent fatigue from walking through the airport, I always order a Wheelchair ahead of time through the Airlines. Also this prevents you from standing in the long TSA because they have a special line for Wheelchairs. Anything to save my energy because traveling is not easy anymore !
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 14, 2017
      Thank you for sharing with the community, Diane.
  • Mohanad  | July 15, 2017
    Thank you for good tips.
  • Brenda | August 14, 2017
    I freeze bottles of bottled water. On hot days, if I leave the house, I grab a frozen water bottle to take with me on trips to visit friends, go to the store, etc. I pass it back and forth grasping it in my hands. I also hold it in the bend of ny arm to reach those big veins. It's very cold and slowly passing it back and forth helps me keep some comfort, energy, & strength. It's cheap & easy.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | August 15, 2017
      Thank you for sharing this tip, Brenda.
  • April | September 11, 2017
    Hiking trip I put an ice pack in my back pack against my back to prevent over heating=) made my day!
  • shereda | July 19, 2018
    Do you have any tips or suggestions for traveling with a power chair? Or arranging for power chairs or wheelchairs when traveling by car, plane , or train or on a ocean cruise.
    Any information you can provide will be appreciated. Thanking you in advance.
    Shered a Haines


  • Laurie | July 19, 2018
    Barcelona and a cruise. We do a cruise each year'-- this was all over Europe, I averaged 6 miles a day. So I did a Rome tour from a bus mostly. Athens I went up the Parthenon but I make sure if I have a "choice" and can do a cave for cooler. I bring one full suitcase and an empty one, all my "good will" items I save and wear and discard each evening, no laundry and room for buying new things.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 20, 2018
      Thank you for sharing what works for you, Laurie.
  • Lorraine | July 19, 2018
    Please use the word disabled instead of handicapped.
  • NATALIE | July 12, 2019
    Calling TSA 48-72 hours prior to a flight ( for those of us w//c bound and unable to stay balanced for x-ray) works well for easing through check point. They have been prepared for me 3 out of 4 times in the past year. ask for their "card" with this info for disabled flyers.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 15, 2019
      What a great idea, Natalie!
  • Mary Thurman  | July 18, 2019
    Take a cooling towel with you at all times.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 19, 2019
      Thanks for sharing, Mary.
  • Ricci Casserly  | July 21, 2019
    Bring cooling attire such as vest and neck scarf!! Also bring a cane which collapses in order to put in the overhead!
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 22, 2019
      Great suggestions, Ricci!
  • Christi  | July 30, 2019
    I like to bring a cooling towel with me... I get over heated WAY to easily ! 😎
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 31, 2019
      Thank you for sharing with the community, Christi.
  •  | July 31, 2019
    Thanks for letting me join.