Smart and Comfortable: Packing Essentials for Your Summer Holiday When Dealing with Pain

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by Hannah Walters

Here at Pain UK, we understand that dealing with pain while travelling can be challenging, but we’d like to help you make your summer trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. In this blog post, we will provide you with some essential packing recommendations. This should ensure you have all your essentials to ensure pain is successfully managed whilst away. Whether you suffer from chronic pain, have a medical condition, or are recovering from an injury, our carefully curated list of packing essentials will help you stay prepared and make the most of your holiday without compromising on comfort.

Medication and medical supplies

It’s crucial to include an ample supply of any prescribed pain medications when travelling this summer. Make sure to pack enough to last for the duration of your trip and consider bringing extra in case of an unexpected delay. If you’re travelling abroad make sure you keep your medications in their original containers with the labels intact to avoid any issues with customs or security screenings. Additionally, make sure to pack any other medical supplies that you may need, such as bandages, braces, or other aids to help manage your pain. It’s also a good idea to have a written copy of your prescriptions and a letter from your healthcare provider outlining your medical condition and the need for these supplies.

Accommodation accessibility

Look for hotels, resorts, or holiday rentals that offer accessibility features such as ramps, elevators, accessible bathrooms, and handrails to ensure ease of movement and safety. Consider the location of your accommodation in relation to nearby amenities, and attractions to avoid unnecessary strain or discomfort. If you have specific accessibility requirements, be sure to communicate them with the accommodation provider in advance and confirm that they can accommodate your needs. It’s also a great idea to read the reviews online on your chosen property before committing to a book; you can usually narrow down search results to ‘accessibility’.

Clothing and footwear

When packing for your summer holiday, it’s important to keep comfort in mind, especially when it comes to clothing and footwear. Choose loose-fitting and breathable clothes that won’t restrict your movements and opt for lightweight fabrics to keep you cool in hot weather. Avoid tight or constrictive clothing that could increase pressure on sensitive areas. For footwear, go for shoes that provide ample support, cushioning, and stability. Look for options that offer good arch support, shock absorption, and a comfortable fit to minimise foot pain or discomfort. Make sure you have ‘broken them in’ before you travel. If needed, consider packing orthopaedic inserts or custom orthotics. Don’t forget to pack comfortable socks, such as cushioned or moisture-wicking socks, to keep your feet happy during your travels.

Travel accessories for pain relief

Travel accessories for pain relief can be invaluable when managing pain during your summer holiday. Consider packing items such as neck pillows, lumbar rolls, heat or cold packs, and ergonomic travel cushions. Neck pillows can provide support and comfort during any long flights or car journeys, especially if you suffer from neck or shoulder pain. Lumbar rolls can help maintain a proper posture and provide support for your lower back, which can be especially important during long periods of sitting down. Heat or cold packs can offer relief for sore muscles or joints, especially if you’ve had an active day. Ergonomic travel cushions can provide additional support and comfort for your back, hips, or tailbone, especially during long periods of sitting. Consider the size, weight, and portability of these accessories when packing, and choose ones that suit your specific needs and preferences.

Plan rest and recovery during your trip

Make sure to schedule regular breaks and downtime in your itinerary to allow your body to rest and recuperate. Avoid overexertion or pushing yourself too hard, as this can worsen your pain or trigger flare-ups. If needed, bring along any sleep aids or comfort items, such as a favourite pillow or white noise machine, to help improve your sleep quality. Additionally, consider incorporating relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing, or gentle stretches, into your routine to manage stress and promote relaxation. Be mindful of your body’s signals and listen to what it needs, whether it’s rest, gentle movement, or a change in activity level.

Travel insurance and documentation

Ensuring you have the correct travel insurance and documentation for your summer trip is crucial. Travel insurance can provide you with financial protection in case of unexpected medical emergencies, trip cancellations, or other unforeseen events. Make sure your travel insurance covers any pre-existing medical conditions, including your pain management needs, and review the policy details carefully. Additionally, bring along important documentation, such as your passport, driver’s license, travel itinerary, travel insurance policy, and any necessary medical documents. It’s also a good idea to make electronic copies of these important documents and store them securely in your phone or email them to yourself for easy access.

Managing anxiety when travelling this summer

While going on holiday is undoubtedly exciting, the prospect of travelling to an unfamiliar destination can also provoke feelings of anxiety. If you’re planning to travel abroad this summer, it’s essential to be well-prepared to ensure your own comfort and peace of mind. One of the most daunting aspects of travelling to a new place is often the uncertainty around the healthcare system. Fortunately, you can alleviate this concern by taking steps to plan ahead, such as collecting appropriate phone numbers for doctors in the area and noting down the emergency contact number for that country (e.g., 112 for European countries, 911 for the USA). Additionally, Google Translate is a fantastic tool you can utilise when travelling to help you communicate with locals when needed, even if no one speaks English. By taking these proactive measures, you can enjoy a stress-free holiday and make the most of your travel experience.


When planning for your summer holiday and managing pain, prioritising comfort is essential. Be sure to pack your prescribed medical supplies, consider the accessibility of your accommodation, choose comfortable clothing and footwear, plan for rest and recovery, and ensure you have travel insurance and necessary documentation. Taking a proactive and prepared approach will help you make your summer holiday more enjoyable while effectively managing your pain. Always consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your pain management routine. With careful planning and preparation, you can have an enjoyable and comfortable summer holiday while effectively managing your pain.