Whether you are traveling by air, land, or sea it takes time to prepare for a trip during the holidays. There are several phases of traveling to prepare to make for an easier trip.  If you or a family member have a chronic illness there are additional considerations to plan for in advance.  Here are a few tips on how to make your traveling endeavor a little easier on you and the people around you.

Here are a few suggestions to get started, starting with the essentials:

Make sure and get clearance from your physician, this is a step that should be taken months before your scheduled departure. It’s always important to get the thumbs up from your doctor any time you travel,  this also gives you an opportunity to go over your medication and supplement lists in case anything needs to be added or disregarded. Your physician’s office would also anticipate any refill requests from your pharmacy before your travel date.

Bring at least one paper copy of your medical history list in your carry-on. This step is especially important because technology isn’t always foolproof when it comes to an emergency. This list could include all active medical issues that need to be addressed, previous surgeries, and a current list of allergies. If you are planning on traveling abroad, you may want to consider putting together a card translated into the local language with all basic medical information needed in case of an emergency.

Pack all necessary medication for the duration of your trip, this includes a backup supply just in case. If you plan on flying put all your medications in a carry-on bag, if you have medications that don’t easily pass the TSA requirements please ask your doctor for a note describing why you have them in your position.

STAY HYDRATED. This step is pretty self-exclamatory but it is important to drink plenty of water. It may be smart avoiding caffeine and especially alcohol as this can be dehydrating.

Stay calm and take a deep breath. It’s easy to get stressed over the small things especially over the holidays. Make sure you take moments of silence to yourself. Listen to music, read a good book, or simply close your eyes for at least 5 minutes. This can decompress the mind and help you with the next task going forward.