Good Sunday afternoon to my Migraine and Headache family. It's a beautiful day here in West Virginia — pleasantly sunny with a nice breeze and no drastic weather changes predicted in the next couple of days. I hope the weather where you are is being kind to you and that your head is being kind to you today.
I spent a couple of days in Phoenix last week. Wow! Talk about hot. It's definitely not a time to be spending a lot of time outdoors there unless you do well in temperatures over 100 degrees.
For a while now, I've known that I really need to learn to travel lighter. When I went to a conference last month, I had a carry-on, my backpack, plus the Spring TMS device for my Migraines to take on the plane, and the suitcase I checked weighed 53 pounds. I had enough trouble getting my luggage from the baggage carousel at the air port out to a taxi, and more trouble when I got to my hotel only to find that there were no bellmen to be found. I was sharing a room with a friend who breezed in with two carry-on sized bags for the entire week. Grrrrrrrrrr. OK. If she could travel that lightly, I could certainly do better.
So, here's my attempt at doing better. I switched to a slightly larger backpack that would hold my laptop and most of the items from my carry-on. The big job was convincing myself that I didn't need those extra shoes, the extra tops I tend to pack, the spare pair of pajamas, and all the other "stuff" that really could be left at home. The suitcase I packed was a smaller one than usual, one that I could actually drag off the luggage carousel at the airport with minimal effort.
My reason for sharing this with you today is that some of my friends who also have Migraines have said they have some of the same issues I have with packing and ending up with luggage that's unwieldy and makes travel more difficult.
I'm happy to report that I did indeed have everything I needed, and it was so much easier to travel this way. For my next trip to Arizona, I'll need to take more clothes since I'll be there four days longer, but I'm determined to take less than I've taken before and to enjoy how much easier it is to travel with less.
If you have any packing or travel tips, please leave a comment to share therm!
because a migraine is NOT "just a headache"