Pain alone, is enough to have to worry about and deal with.  Now add in the travel component and this could make for some very aggravated pain episodes, not to mention the irritated travel companions.  The following is a list of things to consider and some tips for dealing with your pain while on the go.
  1. Explain your injuries to your travel companions.  Nothing is more awkward then letting your frustration make the best of you while with your travel companions that know nothing of your current condition.  Most people are very accomodating and willing to help you out shall you need assistance, or just the fact of knowing there is a problem can explain a withdrawn or irritated behavior. 
  2. Pack your belongings in multiple smaller pieces of luggage as opposed to one large, heavy travel bag.  Although this may create more trips to a vehicle to unload, dispersing the weight over several pieces of luggage may reduce the risk of reinjury from lifting one large piece.  
  3. Keep first aid materials close by.  Make sure to pack any medication along with your other items of that relieve pain together in a separate bag that is easily accessible.  
  4. Purchase disposable ice packs or heat wraps.  Disposable ice packs are the ones where you have to squeeze the pack to break the seal and mix two chemicals together to create a cold producing reaction.  These are great for travel when unsure if actual ice will be available.  You can also buy disposable heat packs that work along the same method.   
  5. Pack a small squeeshy pillow.  A small pillow can be used in a diverse number of ways.  Place behind your back to find a comfortable position while prolonged sitting, whether driving or flying.  You can also use behind your neck for support or comfort while sleeping.  You never know what pillow will be provided at your destination.  
  6. Ensure you get adequate rest the night before you travel and once you arrive.  Rest can make a big difference in any condition.  Not all vacations are restful!  Make sure you take the time to rest if you are suffering in pain.  This may mean cutting out some activities or simply not participating in every scheduled event.  
  7. Continue with your rehab exercises, to some extent.  If you are away on vacation right in the middle of an active rehab program, discipline yourself to continue to work on your "exercise homework".  You don't want to regress in your recovery.  Maintain mobility, stretching, and exercise to the best of your ability to avoid undue need of further rehab sessions once you return.  
  8. Locate healthcare providers at your destination.  Your current healthcare providers just might have a collegue working in the destination you are travelling to.  If not, if you plan on going away for a prolonged period of time, it might be wise to look into checking in with someone to monitor or continue your current treatment plan.  This might mean an added expense, but more often than not, most people will be willing to pay almost anything to reduce their pain to enjoy their vacation, or family time.  Also, it is wise to know where the nearest hospital is located and the procedure you need to go through in order to access healthcare, particularly while in another country.  
We hope you travel safe and pain free!