What to Pack in your Bag When you Travel with a Chronic Illness

A chronic illness can change your life. It can bring a lot of baggage into your life. In order to survive a long busy day, you may need medication, or an ice bag for your joints. Traveling with a chronic illness can be extremely arduous; because you don’t want to forget anything you may be in dire need of. Here are ideas of what to pack in your bag when you travel with a chronic illness.

  • All of your medication.
  • A pillow and blanket.
  • Drinks in a cooler. *Lots of water.*
  • If available/needed compression socks/stockings.
  • Chapstick.
  • Biofreeze.
  • Clothes.
  • Ginger ale (in case you get car sick/ nauseous).
  • Snacks.
  • List of medications (in case you don’t memorize the order/times of your medications).
  • Phone and charger.
  • Essential oils. (I bring my essential oil bracelet with me when I travel.)
  • A book/kindle/word search/ magazine.
  • If available/needed weighted blanket.
  • Ice bag/ heating pad if needed. ( I use ice for my joint pain & both for my migraines.)
  • A positive attitude, and a never give up mindset. ♡

13 thoughts on “What to Pack in your Bag When you Travel with a Chronic Illness”

  1. I find that it helps me to have several bags. I leave them at places I frequent. Great post Mackenzie!. I hope you are doing well

  2. And when flying- NEVER give up your bag without a fight.

    On elliott.org there are so many stories of people with illnesses being forced to gate check their bag because “overcrowded plane.”

    And the flight attendant was “rushing them because the plane was already late for taking off.”- no. Take the time to grab the necessary items from your bag. if you get kicked off the flight so be it. better to have your items them land miles away with a missing bag,

    1. Because I travel with a lot of medications, I try to check in as soon as possible so I can board on the earlier end so I am not forced to give up my bag. But that depends on how your airline boards too.

    1. A weighted blanket helps me because I have fibromyalgia and my nerves are over active. If something brushes up against my leg, my nerves are telling my brain that I’m in a lot of pain when I’m not. The blanket helps calm those nerves and almost reset them. I LOVE my blanket its really helped me! Also I have anxiety and depression and the weighted blanket gives a comfort feeling, almost like a big hug. Its very calming and helps relax me

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