No one gives much thought to chronic illness must haves when we are on the go. Whether newly diagnosed with a chronic illness or you just find yourself overwhelmed with everything you need in a given day, making sure things are readily available is important.

Early on in my Lyme Disease diagnosis, I found several items that looking back, I do not know how I would live without. Below I will share some of those items with you and why I found them helpful.

THIS POST IS ALL ABOUT CHRONIC ILLNESS ESSENTIALS WHEN ON THE GO

Apps I Found Helpful

Most everyone leaves the house with their phones. And the great thing is these work whether you are traveling or home. This first one saved me from the overwhelm I was feeling in regards to when to take what medication or supplement,

Medisafe Medication Management: This app helps you stay on track and reminds you when to take a medication or supplement. It will send reminders and allows you to update what you have taken daily. I found it easy to navigate and super helpful.

Cronometer: This is a meal-tracking app that allows me to track my food daily. This was helpful in regards to seeing how I was eating to how I was improving.

Travel Bags

Get yourself a good bag just for your on-the-go essentials. Thanks to all the pockets and compartments, I found a diaper bag to be the most effective. And the good thing is, these days they are super stylish! Here are a couple I had and love for both value and functionality.

Waterproof Diaper Bag Backpack
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AMILLIARDI Backpack
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Keeping Things Organized

I like things to be organized. And I had the hardest time finding a pill management solution that fit everything I needed. And the fact that my dosing was sometimes spread out in three or four different times per day. While you can make little pill organizer boxes work for a day trip, they will not function properly for a long vacation or outing.

I found these pill pouches to work GREAT! And they are not bulky and can easily be divided into more easy-to-reach places in your bag.

Self Care Essentials

When you suffer from chronic illness, one thing I struggled with was my body temperature. It would bounce all over the place thanks to all the side effects of the medications and supplements. Below are some items I found helpful to manage my comfort.

Soothing Headache Ice Pack Mask Products, Cooling Pack
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Your Favorite Snacks

Depending on what you are dealing with, you may have certain dietary needs that are not always readily available. Or you could be like me and get hangry by mid-afternoon thanks to a change in my sugar levels. I make it a habit to have a protein cookie, rice cake, or piece of fruit with me.

Essential Oils

I have been a huge believer in essential oils since 2017. There is a closet in my house dedicated to oils and natural healing products. Lavender is a staple in my handbag on the daily, but if traveling for a day or week, I carry several different kinds that help me feel grounded and help with pain when I need it most. I even travel with a diffuser for my hotel room.

Some of my go-to’s when I am having a challenging time with my health:

  • Frankincense
  • Valor
  • Deep Relief
  • Peppermint
  • Clary Sage
  • Palo Santo
  • Thieves

My favorite brand is Young Living Essential Oils.?Just be sure you are using a pure essential oil with no synthetic ingredients.

Essential oils are not meant to cure or treat a condition.?They are used in addition to anything you may be taking under the care of a medical professional.

My Travel Pharmacy Items

As if the medication and supplements aren’t enough, there are many common items we end up needing when we least expect them. Below is a list of some things to consider to be sure you have all your bases covered.

  • Over the counter pain reliever
  • Stool softener
  • Lip balm
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Thermometer
  • Ginger chews
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Compression socks – For air and long car travel
  • Electrolyte packs

Staying Hydrated

If nothing else, we need to stay hydrated! I never leave the house without at least a 30 or 40-oz tumbler filled with ice and fresh water. Another great alternative is a large 64oz stainless steel jug. I have several from Hydrojug. While they do not fit in your cup holder, they will keep your beverages cold for 24 hours and it is all the water I need to drink in a day. They have gallon jugs as well.

My second favorite tumbler for everyday use and travels is the Brumate Era. You can get these on Amazon.

BrüMate Era 40 oz Tumbler with Handle and Straw | 100% Leakproof Insulated Tumbler
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In Conclusion

I hope some of these suggestions help. I know everyone has different things they may need to keep with them at all times. This is just a generic list of things I found helpful to keep me comfortable and on track.

I always say to stay positive during your journey. There will be inconvenient and challenging times. But if you are prepared and find routines that work for you, it will make things so much easier.

HAPPY HEALING!!!

Disclaimer: This content is only for informational purposes and should not be used in place of a medical professional’s advice.  What I share are additional resources that I have found useful.

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