Traveling with MS


Traveling can bring a mix of emotions to anyone. Usually a mix of excitement and anxiety, getting ready for the unknown adventure ahead can be fun. But it can also be challenging. Long days, little sleep, being away from home, it can seem like a recipe for disaster. But add in the complexities of Multiple Sclerosis, and you’ve got yourself a tricky situation! Today I am sharing with you our multiple sclerosis travel guide!

Before I had MS, I never thought twice about picking up and going for a day trip, or longer adventure. I never thought about what I might need beyond clothes and a few other things. But now, I need to think about where I’m staying, what is available for food, the weather, etc. It’s definitely different than what it used to be.

Now, my husband and I love still to travel. It’s one of the things we choose to spend our money on and find joy out of. But MS makes it hard at times for sure. Here is our multiple sclerosis travel guide, for all kinds of travel.

Before You Head Out

Before traveling anywhere, you need to do a little pre-planning. If you’re going away for several days, make sure you have all your necessary medications and supplements. I like to pre package them into their own containers to make them easier to transport, as well as easier to fit into my suitcase.

I also like to scope out what the food situation will be like. Most often, we stay at an AirBnB, where we have our own kitchen set up. That allows us the freedom to cook our own food or go out if we choose. Eating AIP makes eating out tough, so having this option is invaluable.

When packing, make sure you have enough of everything, then add 2 more. I like to make sure I have extra undies (yup, just in case), extra doses of supplements/meds just in case we’re stuck somewhere and plenty of snackssss, cause finding food on the road or in the airport is hard. #thatAIPlife

If you’re booking a hotel room, make sure to call ahead. Especially if you need accommodations. Accessible rooms vary from hotel to hotel and mean different things. One might just have a shower bar in the bathroom, while another is completely accessible. Make sure to call ahead before booking to know the hotel provides.

Road Trips

One of the nice things about traveling on a road trip is that you can usually bring more things that can help. Like, bringing a body pillow on an airplane probably isn’t the best idea. But in a car, good to go. However, one of the drawbacks, is that you’re sitting for a longer period of time, usually. So there’s pros and cons to both types of travel.

One of the biggest things I suggest with our multiple sclerosis travel guide and that my husband and I do when driving anywhere is stop often. It doesn’t really add that much to the length of the drive, but it adds SO much to the enjoyment. Getting out often to stretch, walk around and take bathroom breaks is one of the best things we do. On our many road trips to Ohio, my husband and I often stop every few hours, if not more.

Bringing our own food is key as well. Even if you’re not following a special diet like AIP or Wahls, bringing food that you enjoy can make the trip that much more enjoyable.

Like I mentioned above, bringing whatever you need to feel more comfortable is going to make your trip that much more enjoyable. If you need special pillows, cooling towels, travel pillows, etc. bring them. Yes, it can feel like a lot when you pile it into the car, but when it’s your comfort you’re talking about, don’t compromise.

Air Travel

My husband and I were lucky to be gifted TSA Pre Check. It has been one of the best things for our air travel ever. Not only does it save time in the security line, we don’t have to take everything out of our bags, take jackets or shoes off. I didn’t realize how much of a pain this was until I didn’t have to do it anymore! Seriously, if you travel even once a year, it’s worth it.

Try to book your flight yourself, not through a 3rd party site like kayak or booking.com. I know they sometimes have good deals, but if something goes wrong, you can’t talk to the airline about changes. You have to talk to the website you booked the flight on. And if things are moving fast, like a missed flight and you need to change things asap, that could leave you in a pinch.

Make sure the airline knows who you are and that you’ll need assistance. They should be more than willing to help you out. If you’re in the back of the plane for seats, you should be able to be moved up front. If you need any airport assistance, like a wheel chair, make sure to let them know that as well.

Leave plenty of time both before your flight as well as between any connections. The last thing I ever want is for my first flight to be late, and we have to sprint across the airport to the connecting flight. Worst nightmare. Usually at least an hour in between is my standard, and even that can get messy sometimes.

At your Destination

Once you get to where you’re going, enjoy yourself! Trust that you have done all the preparation you need.

Locals or a concierge can make finding activities much easier. They’ll know what is adaptable and what isn’t. Oftentimes, reviews of attractions don’t really have us in mind.

If you do need something, make sure to ask. Others who know the area better can often be your best resource. Apps like “Around Me” can be helpful in a pinch as well (it can tell you the nearest gas station, hospital etc). I like the app “Flush”, like the name sounds, it tells you the nearest public bathroom. Saved me on more than a few occasions so far.

Getting prepped and on your way can be daunting, for sure. But once you’re at your destination, try to slow down, and enjoy your time. The experiences we have make the lasting memories, or something cliche like that. I hope you found this multiple sclerosis travel guide helpful!

I’M ALISSA!

I help women who have also been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis make specific and personalized diet, lifestyle & subconscious changes so that they can begin to heal their body, reduce disease symptoms, and return to a life they love.hey there,

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In case you needed to hear that today.

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You’re not a failure.
You didn’t “fail” at healing.
Having MS is hard- do what’s best for you.
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This is my challenge to you over the next week.

Take some time and think about this past year.

All you’re proud of, all you’ve accomplished. And if you have some things that don’t bring you joy, be proud of yourself for making it through in one piece and still being here.

Reflection is a great way to cultivate motivation to keep going..

You’re doing amazing.
You’ve done amazing.
Let’s keep going.
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This is my challenge to you over the next week.

Take some time and think about this past year.

All you’re proud of, all you’ve accomplished. And if you have some things that don’t bring you joy, be proud of yourself for making it through in one piece and still being here.

Reflection is a great way to cultivate motivation to keep going..

You’re doing amazing.
You’ve done amazing.
Let’s keep going.
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Regardless of what you see others doing,
you’re right where you should be.

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Comparison is the thief of joy.

Regardless of what you see others doing,
you’re right where you should be.

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This took me completely by surprise, cause I usually roast myself after a simple mistake 🙈

But, I just didn’t? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Working on self improvement is weird.
Like I’m not even consciously working on how I talk to myself at the moment. 

Have I in the past? Sure. And it’s something I try to stay conscious of, but def have my moments where I fall into old patterns.

But this moment gave me hope.

What moments in your journey have given you hope lately?

This took me completely by surprise, cause I usually roast myself after a simple mistake 🙈

But, I just didn’t? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Working on self improvement is weird.
Like I’m not even consciously working on how I talk to myself at the moment.

Have I in the past? Sure. And it’s something I try to stay conscious of, but def have my moments where I fall into old patterns.

But this moment gave me hope.

What moments in your journey have given you hope lately?
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So thank you.
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👉🏼Feeling stuck with your MS symptoms?
👉🏼Feeling like your body betrayed you and is working against you?
👉🏼Are you worried you’re stuck like this and will never get better?

I get it. At one point I did too.

Years ago I was experiencing “Aggressive MS” and I thought I’d never function the same.

I thought my days of moving how I wanted, or doing anything on a whim were over.

I couldn’t walk well, couldn’t feel my body correctly and I was SCARED.

But now?
I’m confident in the ways I’m helping myself.
I no longer have aggressive MS.
I can move how I want, when I want.

Because of the changes I’ve made over the years.

No, it’s not easy, but that’s where I come in!!

I’ve dedicated my life to helping those with MS realize that feeling better is possible and helping them get there.

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👉🏼Feeling stuck with your MS symptoms?
👉🏼Feeling like your body betrayed you and is working against you?
👉🏼Are you worried you’re stuck like this and will never get better?

I get it. At one point I did too.

Years ago I was experiencing “Aggressive MS” and I thought I’d never function the same.

I thought my days of moving how I wanted, or doing anything on a whim were over.

I couldn’t walk well, couldn’t feel my body correctly and I was SCARED.

But now?
I’m confident in the ways I’m helping myself.
I no longer have aggressive MS.
I can move how I want, when I want.

Because of the changes I’ve made over the years.

No, it’s not easy, but that’s where I come in!!

I’ve dedicated my life to helping those with MS realize that feeling better is possible and helping them get there.

My 2 courses and my membership are on sale this weekend for Black Friday,

want to start your own success story??

Comment SUCCESS below and I’ll send you the link!!
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Comment HEALING below and I’ll send you a link, or check out my stories!!
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The first step to being successful with managing stress (& being successful with anything really) is:

Awareness of where you currently are.

You can’t change or manage what you’re not aware of.

You can only know yourself as deep as you’re awareness of yourself goes.

Try this:
Right now as you read this, pause for a sec.
Take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

Where were my thoughts?
Where is my breathing?
What am I saying to myself?

Get really honest here too (warning- it might be uncomfy)

What did you discover while checking in? Let me know in the comments!

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If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa. I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS. 
I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.
Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!

The first step to being successful with managing stress (& being successful with anything really) is:

Awareness of where you currently are.

You can’t change or manage what you’re not aware of.

You can only know yourself as deep as you’re awareness of yourself goes.

Try this:
Right now as you read this, pause for a sec.
Take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

Where were my thoughts?
Where is my breathing?
What am I saying to myself?

Get really honest here too (warning- it might be uncomfy)

What did you discover while checking in? Let me know in the comments!

-
-
If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa. I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS.
I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.
Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!
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Progress is absolutely not linear.

But, it’s still progress nonetheless.

I see you if you’re in a “dip” or feel like you’re going “backwards”

You’re really not, you’re right where you should be.

Keep going!!
🧡❤️🧡

Progress is absolutely not linear.

But, it’s still progress nonetheless.

I see you if you’re in a “dip” or feel like you’re going “backwards”

You’re really not, you’re right where you should be.

Keep going!!
🧡❤️🧡
...

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Lol, all this got me was an MS diagnosis. 

This was me basically my whole life up until a few years ago.

My clients have all talked about situations like this too.

It’s no wonder why a lot of us have an autoimmune disease now. 

Please, speak your truth. Your body will thank you.

If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa.
I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS.

I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.

Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!

Lol, all this got me was an MS diagnosis.

This was me basically my whole life up until a few years ago.

My clients have all talked about situations like this too.

It’s no wonder why a lot of us have an autoimmune disease now.

Please, speak your truth. Your body will thank you.

If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa.
I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS.

I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.

Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!
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This has been a TOUGH week friends.

Don’t lose yourself.

What else would you add to this list?
What helps you when life is super hard?

❤️❤️

This has been a TOUGH week friends.

Don’t lose yourself.

What else would you add to this list?
What helps you when life is super hard?

❤️❤️
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I’ve been actively working on my nervous system for the past year or two.

That hasn’t meant that all my anxiety or depression magically vanished.

It just means that when I do find myself feeling like an anxious mess or a depressed puddle, I know how to attend to and care for myself.

Not in the goal of “fixing” per se, more honoring and accepting.

This is one of the ways I help my clients improve their MS symptoms, but attending to their nervous systems and improving their stress response and resilience.

I have so many ways to work with me.. from 1:1 support to my free community.. comment below “interested” and we’ll chat about what would be right for you!

I’ve been actively working on my nervous system for the past year or two.

That hasn’t meant that all my anxiety or depression magically vanished.

It just means that when I do find myself feeling like an anxious mess or a depressed puddle, I know how to attend to and care for myself.

Not in the goal of “fixing” per se, more honoring and accepting.

This is one of the ways I help my clients improve their MS symptoms, but attending to their nervous systems and improving their stress response and resilience.

I have so many ways to work with me.. from 1:1 support to my free community.. comment below “interested” and we’ll chat about what would be right for you!
...

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