Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common mental illness today, and it is not just present among children and teens, but also among adults. While the prevalence of ADHD cannot be discounted, it is important to note that the disease is something that people can and do overcome. People with ADHD are still able to pursue their passions and dreams amidst this barrier.
If travel is particularly one of your passions, you need not let ADHD hinder you from doing this too. You have to be knowledgeable about how to go about it. Here are five useful travel tips for people with ADHD:
- Plan Early And Don’t Forget To Back Up
People with ADHD have trouble organizing things. So if you wish to go on a trip, better prepare for it at the earliest possible time you can think of. Prepare an itinerary and budget, and in the process, anticipate possible changes to your plans and create backups.
If you’re looking at the possibility of a bad weather condition somewhere in the middle of your trip, schedule indoor activities at that time.
“The more you write down in your planner (including time(s) you need to leave, travel time expected, etc.) the more organized you will become,” wrote George Sachs, PsyD.
- Make A Checklist Of Your Travel Essentials
Make a list of all the permits you need to secure and the papers you have to bring so that you can minimize the chance of forgetting them at the last minute.
“Checklists are helpful in remembering to complete tasks, staying on track with budgeting time, and maintaining a record,” Carey Heller, PsyD.
When it comes to packing, create another list of what has to go into your check-in luggage and your hand-carry bag. Plan in advance what you will wear. List everything until the smallest things you need to buy so you don’t miss a thing.
- Bring Things To Help You Get Busy
Waiting time is an inevitable fact of traveling. Prepare your mind early on for this fact. Try to keep yourself busy. According to a certified ADHD coach, boredom is not a friend to someone with ADHD.
At the airport, use of the free Wi-Fi and charging station and surf the net all you want. Entertain yourself with some good music on your phone. Download your favorite movies and series in advance so you can watch them. Bring books to read, puzzles to play, or check your mobile apps. There might be something in there to help you kill time.
- Make Sure To Check In A Quiet And Peaceful Place
People with ADHD are sensitive when it comes to noise. Book a room that is a bit far from the lobby so fewer people would pass by. Also, make sure that your room window is not facing towards a busy street or an establishment that goes live by night. As an added help, download mobile applications that help you with sound. These sound applications can also help you get good sleep, in addition to other applications which can help you organize things.
- Plan A Smooth Transition Back To Reality
Be careful not to force yourself to snap back to reality so suddenly. If you planned a 4-day trip, make sure you schedule your leaves in the office for 5 or 6 days, so you have at least one day to rest. That will help you process all the happenings for the entire duration of your trip. More so, it would help put your mind and body in a condition ready for work again – whatever that work may be.
If traveling is your passion and you’re excited to explore the world around you, never let anything – not even ADHD – hinder you from doing that. With a little help from these travel tips, you are good to go for your much-awaited vacation trip.
“Get used to the fact that it isn’t how much time you spend on something, but rather the quality that’s produced,” said Dr. Perpetua Neo, DClinPsy.