Tips for Making Everyday Jobs Easier - Travelling

BEFORE TRAVEL 

  • Plan the trip thoroughly i.e. with designated stops and breaks 
  • Prepare extra equipment. For example a rolled up towel, blow up neck pillow, lumbar roll/support, ice/heat packs, medications, exercise sheets, exercise band etc. 
  • Inform travelling companion of your condition and any measures to be taken during the trip 
  • Ensure you have continued your exercise program regularly and have avoided excessive activities leading up to the trip to maximise your condition and decrease any ill effects

PACKING 

  • Have suitcase/luggage on a bed or chair, NOT the floor, to avoid repetitive bending of the back 
  • Pack as lightly as possible 
  • Where able, avoid lifting your luggage. Use trolleys, luggage wheels and other people to assist 
  • Adhere to correct lifting procedure guidelines (below)

CORRECT LIFTING PROCEDURE 

  • Prepare the object’s orientation and yourself initially 
  • Get close to the object 
  • Have feet wide apart and in the direction of intended travel 
  • Bend at your hips and knees 
  • Brace your abdominal muscles 
  • Keep the object close to your body as you lift and carry it 
  • Avoid twisting the trunk – step your feet around 
  • Lower the object maintaining control and again by bending at the hips and knees