Tips for Traveling with Acid Reflux

by Erica Sanderson Editor

Have extra pillows

Reflux is often worse at nighttime. Keep your head propped up to avoid worsening symptoms. Bring your own pillows as hotel pillows are often thin. If you’re traveling by plane and don’t have room in your suitcase for a pillow, ask the hotel for extra pillows and see if they offer fluffier, larger ones instead.

Cook for yourself when possible

You may have to dish out a little extra cash to get a hotel room with a kitchenette. You can also use a service like Airbnb to rent out an apartment or house with a full kitchen. Stock up on groceries for your stay and cook meals instead of going out to eat every night.

Make proper restaurant plans

There obviously will be times when you need (and want) to go out to eat while on vacation. In these cases, do some research and select the restaurants that will be most doable for your reflux. Look at menus beforehand and call the restaurant to ask about food swaps and accommodations. Don’t be afraid to ask for any special food preparations or substitutions when you order. Explain your condition to the waiter so they’re aware of your needs.

Don’t forget your medications

Stick to your medication regimen even when you’re traveling. It may be tempting to skip a dose or easy to forget when you’re out and about, but taking your prescriptions is vital to managing your reflux, particularly while you’re on the road. Set a reminder alarm on your phone and keep your medications handy. Make sure you have enough to last the entire trip and bring extra just in case.

Create a reflux attack kit

Pack a kit in your bag or purse with essentials for combating a reflux attack if you get one. Depending on your symptoms, this could include gum, apple cider vinegar, a banana, an inhaler, antacids, anti-nausea medications and other prescriptions.

Avoid temptation

Sure, that spicy meal your buddy is eating looks delicious, but even one bite might trigger your reflux. Stick to what you know works for your body. And while it’s nice to kick back and relax with a couple glasses of wine on vacation, limit your alcohol intake. You don’t need alcohol to relax and have a good time. Be smart and make wise decisions—your body will thank you.

Relax and enjoy

Stressing out and being anxious about traveling will not only aggravate your symptoms, but it can ruin your trip. Prepare properly and then unwind and bask in your surroundings and company. Resting and recharging will help your body and mind.

Erica Sanderson
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Erica Sanderson

Erica Sanderson is a former content producer and editor for HealthCentral. Living with a chronic disorder that affects the lungs and instestine, Erica focused on covering digestive health and respiratory health. Topics included COPD, asthma, acid reflux, managing symptoms and medication.