It’s the Holiday Season: Tips for Traveling with Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

The holiday season is here again, and for most people, travel will be an inevitable part of the experience. From sitting in the car for long periods time, to jostling through bustling airports, traveling with Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) can cause a considerable amount of pain and frustration.

Preparation is crucial to managing PsA pain during this busy time of year. Here are a few tips to help keep the symptoms at bay.


By Train, By Plane, By Automobile!

Depending on the mode of transportation, understanding your comfort level and time frame will help to manage aggravate joints. There are specific advantages and disadvantages to consider when choosing how you will travel with PsA:

… Train

  • Advantages:
    • Specific time frame of travel
    • Ability to walk around and stretch
  • Disadvantages:
    • Space constraints/seating
    • Jostling movement
    • Lack of stability when standing

… Plane

  • Advantages:
    • Fastest method of travel
  • Disadvantages:
    • Limited amount of space
    • Restricted on standing and moving

… Automobile

  • Advantages:
    • Familiarity with the interior
    • More leg/seat room
    • You can stop and stretch frequently
  • Disadvantages:
    • Travel may take longer with stops

Pack Smarter, Not Heavier  

That thick, bulky sweater may be beautiful, but consider leaving it behind this year. Traveling light can help you avoid inflaming your PsA, as well as eliminate stress and tired muscles. Packing loose fitting, comfortable clothing can help you to stay at ease and comfortable. Additionally, tuck your medication and treatment regime into your carry-on bag to keep these items from being exposed to the unregulated temperatures of the cargo hold and terminal.


Give the Gift of Time

Are you looking for other options to help your PsA symptoms this holiday season? Local physicians are seeking adults with PsA to participate in a clinical study to evaluate a new investigational treatment option. Qualified participants will receive study-related care at no cost and compensation for travel. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with PsA, you may be eligible! To learn more on how you can be involved, CLICK HERE.  Celebrate this holiday by giving the gift of your time to help generations to come!