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Tips for Road Trips During the Holidays

The holidays are around the corner. Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year, ever since I was a child. Yup, I’m that girl that plays Christmas music in July sometimes. Yes, I’m sorry—guilty.

But I can’t help it. Christmas to me just oozes the feeling of magic, love, and delicious food. I enjoy the cold weather, warm cups of coffee/tea/cocoa, fireplaces, pine trees, cinnamon, presents, stockings, stringed lights, and fuzzy pajamas. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

This year, my family has opted to take a road trip about 5 hours away in order to spend a magical Christmas together. We have rented an Airbnb in the cutest town and plan to hunker down together to experience the joy of Christmas.

The "what if's" of holiday travel

Is it just me, or do you get anxious when thinking about road trips and your IBS? Thankfully due to new medication, my bouts of intense urgency have lessened tremendously. But even still, there is always that little thought of "what if" that creeps in your head…

  • What if we are driving and I have to go to the bathroom and there is no rest stop in sight?
  • What if I have to go and no one else does so they will be waiting for me minute by minute in the car?
  • What if I wake up and my stomach isn’t well and I know it will be a bad day?
  • What if I can’t be ready by the time we have to leave in the morning because I’ll be on the toilet?
  • What will I eat for breakfast so that my stomach will be calm for the trip?
  • What if I just have a plain old accident while on the road?

Tips for holiday travel

Well if these thoughts go through your head, at least you know you aren’t alone. I feel like we all go through these thoughts and it’s completely normal. The best advice I can give is to be as prepared as you possibly can. Here are some tips:

Have an emergency bag

What I mean by an emergency bag, is a bag packed with all the essentials in case, you do in fact, have an accident. Have extra underwear, pants, wipes, toilet paper, pads, plastic bag, air freshener, flip flops.

Homemade toilet

Bring a small trash bin lined with double or quadruple trash bags. This will become your makeshift toilet if you need to pull over on the side of the road. Knowing you have this option will calm your anxiety.

Safe foods

Bring safe foods with you to snack on while on the road. If you know you need to fast, then fast. But if you need something in your stomach, like in my case, bring your safe foods with you to keep your stomach calm.

Stay busy

Whether you blast music the whole way, watch a movie on your iPad, or listen to a podcast. Stay entertained so that you don’t think about your IBS. This will make the trip extra fast and you will be at your destination before you know it.

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