An easy DIY for migraine sufferers: A Migraine Relief Car Kit
As a chronic migraine sufferer, I have missed out on many important events in my life. I’ve missed holiday celebrations, dates, and birthday parties. It is upsetting, not only for me but for my husband and family as well. Early last year my husband and I were traveling to his parents’ house a couple hours away. Everyone in the family was going out to dinner to celebrate his mother’s birthday. While in the car, I started to develop a migraine. I couldn’t believe it. I was going to miss out on another celebration!
Determined not to miss out, I asked my husband to stop at the store so I could find something to help. I picked up some migraine relief pills in the pharmacy section of the store, and some bottled water. We hopped back in the car with my husband driving. I took the medication, put on my sunglasses and put the seat back so I could rest. By the time we got to his parents’ house my migraine was gone! We had an amazing dinner party and I was thrilled that I didn’t have to miss out on the fun.
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Migraine relief car kit
Since that night, I have had a bottle of migraine medication in the glove compartment of my car. I don’t want to be caught off guard again. Recently I decided that I should add in some other migraine necessities and create a migraine relief car kit. I included everything I need to stop a migraine while traveling.
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When I have migraines, I have more than headache pain; I also get jaw and eye pain. Plus, loud noises, bright lights, and strong smells will REALLY bother me. If I wasn’t in a car, I would lay down in a quiet, dark room. This obviously isn’t possible when we’re traveling. My migraine relief car kit covers all of my symptoms!
To help me stay comfortable, I have included:
- Neck Pillow – to lay comfortably (which can be tough in a car)
- Eye mask – to block out light.
- Ear plugs – to block out noise.
To relieve pain, I have included:
- My prescription migraine medication – for extreme migraines.
- Over the counter migraine relief pills – for less painful migraines.
- Bottled water – to take the medication.
- Chewy candy – believe it or not, it helps with my jaw and eye pain
Obviously, I can’t just throw everything in the trunk or backseat and go, so I purchased the tote above from Walmart to hold everything (here are similar ones on Amazon). It was in the craft section. You could also purchase a container with a lid so you can pile things on top of it without worry. I chose the tote because I wanted it to easily fit in the trunk or on the floor behind the passenger seat of the car. I also wanted everything to be easily accessible when needed.
How to safely store your migraine relief car kit
I’m going to keep mine behind the passenger seat, but if you want to put it in the trunk or back of your SUV, you will want to make sure it stays in place while driving. I used a small bungee cord wrapped twice around the handle to attach the kit to a ring in the floor of my car. It stays nicely in place and is easy to grab when needed!
With the warmer spring months coming up, I know we will be out and about more and visiting friends and family. I am thrilled to have my migraine relief car kit ready and waiting so I don’t have to miss any of the fun!
If you think you suffer from migraines, you should consult your doctor and then get started on a migraine relief car kit of your own. Don’t miss out on your life!
Have you ever gotten a migraine or a headache while traveling? How did you handle it?