With the onset of spring -- and summer just around the corner -- many of us will spend time traveling on vacation, and often to warmer climates. When you travel during pregnancy, you'll want some additional items for optimal comfort and health.
Pertinent medical information - You never know when you may need your medical information while traveling. It's a good idea to have a paper copy (yes, paper) of your medical history for your pregnancy. This is especially true if you're traveling outside the country as it may prove more difficult to obtain your records electronically or by fax.
Insurance card - Most people always carry this, but double check to be sure.
Vitamins and any medication related to your pregnancy - This is of course a must-have. Make sure you check well in advance of your travel to see if refills are needed.
Water - Staying hydrated during pregnancy is so important, since dehydration can cause preterm labor. If you're flying, be sure to pack an empty reusable bottle to fill up after security, or purchase a bottle near your gate. Make sure you always have water nearby once you're at your destination. Depending on where you go, local tap water may be a no-go for health reasons. Find out through your hotel or tourism bureau.
Comfy shoes - Never has wearing comfortable shoes been more important than in pregnancy. Of course you can pack your cute wedges, too, but for any amount of extended walking, you'll want something comfortable.
Snacks - High protein and easy-to-transport snacks are so important to take with you as you travel during your pregnancy. You don't always know how long you'll have between meals and the availability of food at various routes and stops along the way.
Pregnancy pillow - This may be hard to pack on a flight, but if you're traveling by car and there's room, it will be nice to have the same comforts of home while traveling. If you can't pack your favorite pillow, extra pillows at your destination can go a long way in making your sleep more comfortable.
Journal - Often, travel is a time when you can de-stress and take time out to reflect. Take a journal with you to write down thoughts and feelings about your life at the moment, including your pregnancy. Even if you never write in the journal again, you'll cherish this snippet of history in your life.
Reading material -- not pregnancy related - When you're pregnant, so many of your thoughts and conversations center around pregnancy. When you pack reading material for your trip, consider taking a break and packing books and magazines on other topics.
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