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Helpful advice if you're flying with back pain

Though not a life sentence, and certainly not a reason to stop travelling, back pain can cause severe discomfort and stress throughout the travelling experience. To minimise this discomfort, you will need to prepare well in advance.

From ensuring you have documentation for any prescribed medication to calling the airport ahead of schedule to organise a wheelchair, there is a lot that can be done to improve your experience.

How to travel in comfort with back pain

To travel in comfort, you need to prepare well in advance. For example, if you require assistance at the airport or on the airplane, then you will need to contact the airline before arrival. It is also wise to get extra medical coverage on your travel insurance, as it is a pre-existing condition. If you fail to do so, you could lose out on coverage for back-related medical issues on your trip.

Top tips for travelling with back pain

Top tips for travelling with back pain include:

  • Not weighing yourself down with too much carry-on luggage
  • Reducing stress
  • Bringing pain relievers (both medication and heat or cooling packs)
  • Stretching regularly
  • Splurging for a better seat
  • Moving regularly during the flight

With the right preparations, any flight can be made comfortable. All you need to do is try and make the trip as relaxing as possible by implementing the tips above. If you need extra assistance, with your bags or with walking for example, then call ahead to arrange for help.

Can I take painkillers onto a flight?

You can take painkillers onto a flight, particularly if they are prescribed by a doctor. Both pills and liquids have special exemptions when going through security, but you will need to have the proper paperwork and proof of the medical need to go with them.