Holiday Traveling with Acid Reflux
AAA estimates nearly 63.9 million of you will travel 50 miles or more from home over the next several weeks. About 82 percent of you will go by car, and the rest of you will travel by plane, train, or bus. If you or someone you love has acid reflux disease and are preparing to travel for the holidays, here are a few ideas to help with your travel preparations.
If you are going by car, you should utilize the flexibility that driving provides in both space and timing. From a space standpoint, you should have room in your car to bring a cooler with the medications you need and food that is easy on your stomach. If you are driving, it is easy to stop along the way at fast food restaurants. However, starting your trip this way can set you (or someone you are caring for) up for failure. Instead, think about leaving for your trip just after a simple meal at home and then bring your next meal in a cooler. That way, even if you are traveling all day, you will only be eating out once. If your travels include an overnight stay in a hotel, be sure to call ahead for a small refrigerator. Most hotels will accommodate, especially if you let them know you have medication or special food that need to remain cold.
If you are traveling by plane, you will have less control over what you can and cannot bring on the trip. My son with acid reflux takes liquid medication, so airport security can be a challenge. The rules for what you can and can not bring on a plane are constantly changing, so it is a good idea to check the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov. At last check, a small amount of liquids are allowed on the plane (3.4 ounces) and larger amounts of items such as medication or specialty baby formula may be approved if you declare them ahead of time at the point of screening.
Traveling with acid reflux disease may require extra effort, but with the right planning, everyone (especially the caregiver) can enjoy a change of scenery for the holidays.