Welcome back to the TIB Pharmacy blog! Last time, we provided our readers with a helpful holiday travel checklist. As your local pharmacist here in Newark, we always have your health and wellness in mind and, with the holidays just around the corner, we realize that many of you will be traveling across the country and internationally to spend the holidays with friends and family. Therefore, we feel it is our duty to provide you with a handy wellness travel checklist to help you prepare for your holiday adventure to ensure a safe, healthy adventure for you and your loved ones. In part one of our blog, we recommended exploring the vaccinations you will need to travel internationally, starting the passport process as soon as possible, and boosting your immune system in the weeks ahead of your vacation for healthy travels. Let’s continue looking at more ways to prepare for holiday travels in today’s checklist.

Pack Smart to Reduce Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain

There is nothing worse than lugging around an overpacked suitcase on your travels. Not only is it a literal pain to move and walk with, a heavy suitcase can take a toll on your muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and bones, not to mention the mounting fees for an overweight suitcase. While it can be extremely difficult for some to pack for a week-long getaway, using common sense is the best guide when packing your bags. First, make a list of the days you will be gone, adding in the events you’ll be attending, and what kind of activities you will be doing. Remember that jeans can be re-worn a few times over, so don’t load your bags with heavy denim pants for every day of the trip. Try packing in some pants made out of lightweight material if you prefer to wear a new pair of pants each day. For the fancier nights out, it is nice to have outfit choices, but keep in mind that having an outfit picked for each nice dinner doesn’t mean the outfit has to be brand new each time. Think about which articles of clothing and which accessories can be worn a few times to save you space and weight. Rather than packing your heavy coats, wear them or carry them with you on the plane. That will save a lot of space and weight, too. The last thing you want is to suffer a back injury from carrying your luggage, which could ruin your entire trip.

Your Carry On Should Contain the Necessities

You don’t want to weigh down your carry on with unnecessary items, so before packing it, make a list of the items you absolutely need. Good options include a travel lumbar support for your back while sitting on the plane, a Kindle so you don’t weigh your bag down with books and magazines, a change of the most necessary clothing articles in case of a plane delay, your prescriptions and medical accessories (packed according to TSA regulations), phone charger, and whatever else you could not live without for a few hours to a longer stretch of time. If you suffer from back pain, joint pain, or any other type of pain that may be enhanced as a result of traveling, pack a topical pain relief cream to help ease your sore muscles and stiff joints. Just make sure your carry on creams, liquids, and gels follow the TSA guidelines to avoid issues when going through the lines.



“Those Must Be Comfortable Shoes”

In the words of Forrest Gump, try to pack a pair of comfortable shoes with excellent ankle support and supportive cushioning for the soles and heels of your feet. If you wear orthotics, make sure they are in good working order to support your feet the entire vacation. For you ladies out there, we know you love wearing those high stilettos and chunky heeled boots, but make sure to pack a pair of good athletic shoes for when you’ll be walking around and taking in the sights. For the sandal lovers out there, nothing screams vacation like a pair of thin, brightly-colored flip-flops, but these shoes fail to offer the cushioning and arch-support a foot needs when walking and standing a lot. If sandals are a must, opt for a pair that will allow the addition of foot supports or sandals that have good built-in foot and arch supports. Your lower back, legs, and feet will thank you.

This list should help guide you as you prepare and pack for your holiday vacation. Thank you for reading part two of our blog series, and be sure to keep up with the TIB Pharmacy blog, as next time we will take an in-depth look at how to boost your immune system for your holiday travels. To refill a prescription before heading out on your adventure or to schedule for your immunizations, contact our friendly team at TIB Pharmacy, where we always have your health and wellness in mind.