If you are a chronic migraine sufferer, you know how incredibly frustrating and debilitating they can be. Migraines can attack at any time and can be triggered by a plethora of factors. Suffering through a migraine without any sign of reprieve can be downright unbearable.
So, let’s hit all our bases here when it comes to tackling potential migraine triggers via the five senses: vision, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. You never know what environment you will be in or what you may or may not have access to, so it is always best to be prepared.
We’ve come up with these 11 migraine kit essentials that you should always have handy whether you are at home, in the car, or traveling away from home for long periods of time. The great part is, most of these items are available over-the-counter and carry-on friendly - well perhaps with the exception of water!
Sunglasses - not just for protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, they are especially great when experiencing sensitivity to sunlight and other obnoxiously bright LED office lights.
Light-Blocking Eye Mask - Need to block out the world for a while? Try a light-blocking eye mask. The EyeChill eye mask is perfect for not only blocking out light, but it is designed to target the nerves around the eyes where migraines and headaches commonly occur. The EyeChill can also be cooled in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to use for added cooling relief from your migraine.
3. Essential Oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender are great for relaxation and stress relief. Just open the cap and take in the fresh scent, or rub some on your wrist or temple.
4. Ear Plugs - these lightweight buggers are discreet and can make the world of difference when you’re experiencing a sensory overload and just need some peace.
5. Noise Cancelling Headphones - Not just any headphones, make sure to get the noise cancelling headphones with a long enough battery life to last an entire episode without the ability to recharge. The AirPods are comfortable, lightweight, and they have a whopping 24 hour battery life! You can always opt for the more bulky headphones, however, not everyone finds these to be the most comfortable over their ears for long periods of time.
6. Acupressure Wrist Bands - these tiny bands are multifunctional and don’t require any maintenance, what’s not to love! Check out the Blisslets nausea relief bracelets - stylish and functional!
7. Ibuprofen Painkillers (or your preferred NSAID of choice) - a necessity, of course, when other pain meds may be unavailable.
8. Ginger Chews/Tablets - these are a great addition to any travel bag, as they help calm the stomach and prevent nausea. Most can be found in the natural or supplements section at your nearest pharmacy or supermarket.
9. Plastic Bag - but just in case you don’t have your trusty ginger tablets, a plastic bag is always handy for the unlikely incident of tossing your cookies when not near a toilet.
10. Migraine-Friendly Snack - Plain or salted Saltine crackers or digestives make a great migraine-friendly snack when you need a little something to nibble on. Find a list of other great migraine-friendly snack options published by the Association of Migraine Disorders.
11. Water Bottle (and make sure it’s full! Unless you’re going through a security checkpoint that is, then empty it and refill it once in the airport).
With these essentials in mind, it is always a good idea to keep any regularly prescribed migraine medication on hand with enough doses to get you through until the next time you can refill. It is also essential to bring along any copies of migraine prescriptions and double check their validity before embarking on any travel for long periods of time.
Authored by Lindsay Bownik
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