Traveling with RLS

Tips for Extended Journeys Strategies to Try for the Long Haul Sitting for long periods of time can exacerbate RLS symptoms, especially...

Tips for Extended Journeys

Strategies to Try for the Long Haul


Sitting for long periods of time can exacerbate RLS symptoms, especially when traveling by plane or car. If you know that you are going to be traveling with little space or time to stretch your legs, try some of these helpful tips:



Many RLS sufferers also avoid any triggers that may exacerbate their symptoms, like caffeine or alcohol. For more information on lifestyle choices that can help with your RLS symptoms, visit our website.

If you are driving, try to make stops to stretch your legs and walk around. When flying, it's always good to let the flight attendant know about your RLS, and ask if you can stand in certain areas without disturbing others during the journey. Booking seats in first class or emergency exit rows will also typically provide more leg room. Want to request a special accommodations card? The Foundation has a card available to share with flight attendants, drivers, healthcare providers, or others that may need additional information about your RLS. Become a member today to receive this and many other member benefits!

For additional strategies to try, check out this Buzzfeed article. Have safe and happy holiday travels, everybody!

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