As I mentioned in my post Travelling with chronic illness – Tips for planning a holiday taking a trip as someone with chronic illness can be daunting. While we can’t prepare for every eventuality, what I have learnt is to prepare for as many unforeseen circumstances as possible and to do that I have what I affectionately like to call my holiday care package.
What’s a care package? A self-made one at that? 🤔
So, What’s inside?
P.S I was shocked when I saw the price difference not only buying non-branded hayfever tablets but buying online!
Diarrhoea Relief Tablets
Trust me, it’s better to be safe than sorry! When you’re in a new place, facing uncertain food choices and different water supplies it’s easy for the stomach to be thrown off balance. I always ensure I have a packet of Immodium in my Holiday Care Package ‘just in case’.
Back in the day, pre-illness, I went to V festival (and had THE best time might I add) of course, being the kind of person who prefers to be safe than sorry I had packed a packet of Immodium, much to the amusement of others who thought I was being completely OTT. Of course, they didn’t think it was so over the top when they found themselves in dia need of some Diacalm in portaloo hell…and yep, I kinda felt validated 😉
I’m a fan of these melt under the tongue tablets by Immodium Instant Melts, simply because you can take them anyplace, anywhere, whether you have a drink on you or not.
This one is for my fellow Postsie’s (POTS) and those of us who are required to follow a high salt diet medically (prescribed by a medical professional). It’s not always easy to get the right amount of salt via our diets or even have salt on hand when syncope hits and so I’ve found salt tablets to be incredible. They are perfect to have on your person and to up your salt intake as required. Particularly great if you know you’re going to be in a warm country where you will be sweating more than usual.
Please ensure you contact a medical professional to see if they are suitable.
For more information on Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and dysautonomia see here.
Freeze Gel Roll-On
Another product that I mentioned in this post that I can’t live without is the Freeze Gel roll-on from Deep Freeze. A drug-free pain relief gel which numbs pain giving cooling relief. This not only helps with pain relief but with muscle tension and in preventing migraines when I fell them coming on.
It comes in a spray, gel and roll-on. My preference is the roll-on as it’s easy for travel and non-messy.
Deep Freeze Glide-On Gel £7.23
A newer discovery is the Ice cool towel. A towel which when wet cools in temperature and stays cool for up to two hours. It lasts and is indeed cooling. I use it at the base of my neck when I have a migraine coming on or on my forehead when I am feeling faint. So far, so good. I’m looking forward to seeing how this helps in a warmer climate! I will report back! It is machine washable and made from non-chemical hypoallergenic materials.
Prescription print off in case of emergency
For those who are gluten-free, these travel cards are very handy! They are cards, the size of a credit card, which state:
“I have Coeliac Disease and cannot eat food containing gluten or food that has been cooked with gluten, even small amounts make me ill.
I cannot eat
Wheat, durum, semolina, couscous, bulgar, rye, barley, oats
I can eat
Fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, rice, potatoes, corn, egg, cheese, milk, beans and nuts
Thank you for helping me eat safely.”