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Traveling with a Thyroid Disorder

Traveling Tips for Thyroid Patients

Memorial Day is right around the corner and that means that in addition to paying our military personnel the proper respect, many people are also making plans for their 3-day weekend which likely includes a short trip. There is a lot of planning involved in taking a trip, but there should be even more foresight involved for those that have a medical condition like hypo or hyperthyroidism. Below are a few tips to help you make this Memorial Day memorable (in a good way)!

Bring Extra Medication

You want to make sure you have enough for everyday you’re gone and a few extra just in case you get stuck somewhere. This may involve refilling your medication before you leave.

Obtain Travel Letters (if flying)

If you are flying this Memorial Day, make sure you speak with your physician about a travel letter. This will make the already long security process much easier at the airport.

Carry on Medication

Do not, under any circumstances check your medication on a flight. The most obvious reason is the potential of it getting lost, but you also have to consider the temperature changes and moisture in the cargo area.

Bring a Copy of your Prescription

On the off chance that you lose your medication or it gets stolen you want to ensure you have a backup plan. Having a copy of the prescription will allow you to get a few days worth of medication until you get back to see your physician.

Make a Medication Schedule

I’m sure you have your routine when you’re at home, but once we are out and about we tend to lose all sense of routine. It is important to continue taking your medication and if at all possible, at the same time every day.

Stay Hydrated

Like medication schedules, hydration tends to be the last thing on our minds when we are having a good time and we can quickly become dehydrated with all the walking, spending time in the sun, and caffeinated drinks. Hydration will help keep certain hypothyroid symptoms under control such as constipation.

Bring Lotion

This may seem like an interesting thing to put on a list of travel tips, but one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism is dry skin and flying or climate change can exasperate this problem so it may be a good idea to bring some lotion on your trip.

Stay Calm

Do your planning ahead of time to avoid any unnecessary stress. Stress takes a toll on the body and especially the thyroid so the more you can avoid it, the better you’ll be.

Hopefully these tips make your trip a little easier and a lot more enjoyable! Do you have a travel tip that isn’t on our list? Share it below!

About the Author

Naomi Parker

Patient Advocate

Naomi Parker is a patient advocate that is enthralled by the medical field. Hypothyroidism became a topic of interest over the last few years while she worked amongst alternative medicine doctors as a front office assistant. She believes that information is key and strives to become better informed so as to help others achieve success and wellness.

Naomi has written various articles concerning hypothyroidism including information on diagnostics and treatment. She enjoys learning alongside others and passing on vital information regarding this condition. Naomi is actively monitoring and writing for the National Academy of Hypothyroidism both on the site and social media.

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