Travelling with Endometriosis- Simple Tips How To Make it Easier

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In December 2018 I was diagnosed with Endometriosis. If you’re unaware of the disease, google it! 1 in 10 women have it, so you’ll no doubt be educating yourself on something that someone you know is dealing with too. For me, it started in January 2018 and quickly got worse each month, until the last quarter of the year when I struggled to walk, sit and even stand! Yes, that means there isn’t a lot that I can do without excruciating pain being in my life. And now, I can’t imagine my life without chronic pain. This inevitably means travelling with endometriosis is a bit of a nightmare at times.

I’ve recently been made aware of just how much my pain threshold has increased, when you are used to chronic pain, it’s really an eyeopener. I’ve had to make some big adjustments to the things I do, my mobility has been highly impacted, and that is just on my good days! Travelling with Endometriosis is not an easy feat! But I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I refuse to give up travel. I just can’t, you couldn’t do worse to me right now than take that from me too. It may sound melodramatic, but I’ve experienced so much loss due to this illness, my claws are sunk in tight on this one.

That said, I’ve had to make some changes along the way, of course I have. When your body refuses to act the same from one day to the next you need to make certain arrangements. When the threat of not being able to stand up looms over your head at the drop of a hat, you need a plan b. And, I’ll admit it now, nothing is foolproof, if it was I wouldn’t have lost so much and had a huge life change, would I? So here are some tips and tricks I’ve learnt along the way for travelling with Endometriosis. They help to not let the Endo get me down (for too long to get in the way of my travels…much), and hopefully can help you out, or those you love, too.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links on my blog are affiliate links. And at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. I have experienced all of the companies that I link to, and recommend them because they are the websites that I myself choose to use, and trust. Please do not spend any money on these sites unless they meet your needs and specifications.  

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#1 Ditch the tampons.

Straight into it here, if you don’t want to read about my periods, click or scroll away now, as I have no shame and I share to help others. I’m not a heavy bleeder, thankfully, but I know that a lot of Endo comes with Adenomyosis too. Even with me, the amount of money and effort and time running in a panic to find tampons, I have saved, is unreal since ditching them. If you’re panicking, thinking I embrace au naturel, not quite.

I got a cup. And my oh my, since I did, it just meant one less (kinda major) thing to worry about when travelling with endometriosis. Hell, just in life! Yes, it’s a larger (but still small) investment, but the usage time of them means you soon start saving money! The comfort is outstanding compared to tampons, and pads (totally not for me) which makes it great for long journeys. Not to mention that instead of the 8hr changing time, they advise up to 12 hrs. Plus you’ve only to carry one item when it’s not in use, apposed to stocking up on your favourite brand before you go. There are lots of brands out there now, but I use the mooncup and I would fully recommend it. A game-changer when you are travelling with endometriosis, or just in everyday life.

#2 Don’t be afraid, or ashamed to ask for help.

So when we were leaving Ho Chi Minh, to return home, I only had to walk inside to the desk from a taxi and I was in tears. When we got to the desk, through my sobs I asked for special assistance. If you don’t know what this means, you get a wheelchair and someone to push you through. In many airports, you’ll go through separate security and in some, you’ll be in a separate lounge. You’ll also be first on and last off the plane.


Now, as a young, healthy-looking 30-year-old lady, who has no visual impairment, I attract a fair amount of funny looks when being carted through the airport in a wheelchair and my boyfriend railing behind with both our bags. Even the men behind the desk in Dubai airport looked at me questionably. However, after looking at my boarding pass and seeing I needed it, they soon had me whizzing through to the gate. If you’ve been to Dubai airport, you know how long it can take to walk from one flight to the next.

I would advise requesting this service well in advance, following the airline’s procedures. I did it last minute in a panic. And although I managed it, there was no note on their system as there should have been. Don’t worry about feeling a burden or stupid, if it’s going to help you, just do it. What ever makes your life easier, as travelling with endometriosis, or any other chronic illness is no easy feat! You can also see if they can offer assistance in other ways too!

#3 Pre-plan your medications.

This one seems like it should be an easy one. But if you leave it too late it could end up with you having no pain meds, or even worse – being arrested! First things first, check the laws around medication that you take for the countries that you travel to and through. I am not giving any advice as to laws and legislations here – please do your own research. I’d also like to point out that if you can buy your meds over the counter in other countries they may not be what you expect. I once read that the codeine in Vietnam that you can get from the pharmacy has more diazepam than anything. So please be careful!

Keep in mind that even over the counter meds in the UK can be illegal in other places. If you’re in the UK, the government website is a good starting point to check. But, even they do advise you check with the embassy of the country you are travelling to, and through (don’t forget any flight layovers), ahead of time. Put the research and efforts in. You do not want to be caught out in some of the stricter anti-drug law places. And be sure what you do find out is up to date and relevant.

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Along with research and contacting the relevant embassies, here are some additional steps you can take. Again, these aren’t recommendations pertaining to laws, but just what I have done in the past. I have kept all medication in a small separate bag, that also contains a copy of correspondence regarding the medication with the relevant person, and a copy of my signed prescription. I have taken enough tablets with me to cover the trip, but not any longer than this (if you’re going for an undisclosed amount of time, I’m unsure of the best practice.) And another one that may seem simple – if you’re on strong painkillers, don’t drink while taking them. You may be fine, but you may also run into a staff member who’s had a bad day… Play it safe.

I have taken enough tablets with me to cover the trip, but not any longer than this (if you’re going for an undisclosed amount of time, I’m unsure of the best practice.) And another one that may seem simple – if you’re on strong painkillers, don’t drink while taking them. You may be fine, but you may also run into a staff member who’s had a bad day… Play it safe.

#4 Stock up on heat packs or similar.

I get stuck to my hot water bottle when in pain, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. In fact, I had to give myself a time out from it due to some pretty nasty scaring that was developing, I was basically cooking my leg alive. But that’s beside the point. Point being, before you go, find out what alternatives work for you!

Remember to check each item against the companies and the countries regulations, just to be on the safe side. But why not give a tens machine a go? Disposable heat packs have saved me on a flight before. Deep Heat might be your saviour. Or who knows, Deep Freeze might surprise you. Going on a road trip? What about a plugin heated blanket? There are plenty of options, and not all will work for everyone. So experiment in advance while you have the luxury of what does work, so you’re not guessing on the go.

Travelling with Endometriosis- simple tips how to make it easier

#5 Remain flexible!

Travelling is hard work, travelling with endometriosis is another level. Like I used to get worn out after some time away from home, but now? Worn out leads to pain. Pain leads to rest. Rest can lead to missing out. I don’t know when my good days will be, and I don’t know when my bad au-re coming. I can make informed decisions, sure, and I don’t stop living my life in fear, that’s not what I’m saying here.

What I am meaning is, give yourself the luxury of time. That way, if you have a bad day, it’s ok. I like to spend about 3 nights minimum in a place anyway. And recently I’ve started booking excursions last-minute through hotels or the internet. I have had to change up some unbooked plans that were more adventurous and backpacky. In favour of staying by the beach and fly to my destination instead. (oh no, what a shame. Although I am a little sad it took the pressure off!) But I was able to adapt without losing out!

What helps you when travelling with Endometriosis, may not help me.

These are things which help me travelling with endometriosis. It isn’t by any means a list which will eliminate all issues. Or help everyone for that matter. But maybe one or two will help to take the edge off, as they do for me. I hope you’ve been able to find a help in this too.

I’d love to hear from you what helps you when travelling with endometriosis, or even other illnesses?


Disclosure: Please note that some of the links on my blog are affiliate links. And at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. I have experienced all of the companies that I link to, and recommend them because they are the websites that I myself choose to use, and trust. Please do not spend any money on these sites unless they meet your needs and specifications.  

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