For the 37 million Americans suffering from arthritis, vacation and holiday travel can be painful and difficult. That in mind, a new travel guide designed to make vacationing a little easier may be just what the doctor ordered.
The Ansaid Tablets/Guide to Traveling with Arthritis, a free, eight-page booklet, contains specialized information that will help people with arthritis - whether severe or mild - travel more comfortably.
Produced by The Upjohn Company, the guide offers useful tips for planning vacations, dealing with airlines and providers of other modes of transportation, and staying as fit as possible while on the road. The guide has been endorsed by the American Society of Travel Agents, the world's largest travel trade association.
Tips offered in the guide include:
* Talk with doctors before planning a vacation. Physicians can recommend exercise regimens and provide instruction about what to do if arthritis symptoms flare up while on the road.
* Pack as lightly as possible and leave unneeded items at home. Washing some clothing in your hotel sink or taking advantage of hotel laundry services can help you reduce your load.
* Consider traveling during the week when crowds tend to be thinner in transportation terminals and points of interest. When flying, request seats on the aisle or behind the bulkhead, which are easier to get in and out of.
* Consider the climate at your destination. Humid, high heat can be very uncomfortable for some people with arthritis. You may do better in colder weather, or in drier, warmer climates. Remember that rain or snow can impede maneuverability.
* Keep with you any medications you may require. Left in your suitcase, they could be lost in baggage handling. Left in your car trunk, they could be ruined from excessive heat or cold.
* As recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, do range-of-motion exercises regularly during your trip to guard against stiffness.
For more information, contact Ansaid Tablets/Guide to Traveling With Arthritis, Box 307-C, Coventry, CT 06238.