No one wants to be waylaid by a migraine, especially when traveling. But even the best-planned trip can be stressful and take you out of your routine, putting you on the path to one. You can do a few things to help keep your next trip migraine-free.
Avoid rushing. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination.
Pack a migraine bag. Include necessary migraine medications and refills, vitamins, supplements, healthy snacks, water or water bottle, anti-nausea items, sickness bags, eye mask, earplugs or headphones, charcoal face mask (if you are sensitive to smells), polarized sunglasses, instant cold packs, essential oils, wet wipes, pill cutter, etc.
Sleep well. Stick to a consistent sleep schedule and make every effort to get enough sleep, especially the night before you leave.
Eat right. Carry healthy snacks with you. It’s fun to indulge in the local cuisine but beware of potential food triggers - chocolate, cheese, red wine, citrus, soy sauce, sugar, artificial sweeteners. Stick to a regular eating schedule.
Drink water. Staying hydrated is very important, especially if you are flying.
Wear sunglasses. Use polarized sunglasses or try tinted lenses like the ones with FL-41 tint. Or wear an eye mask.
Use earplugs or headphones.
Give yourself time to rest and decompress when you arrive at your destination.