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If you’re a veteran, you know that traveling is more difficult than it is for your civilian friends. The stress of dealing with crowds, unfamiliar places, and situations can be overwhelming at times. However, there are some things you can do to make these stressful moments easier for yourself. In this article, we’ll look at some basic tips that will help make life easier when you’re in transit or abroad.

Keep a journal

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  • Keep a travel journal! This is a great way to document your travels, and it’s also a good way to track some of the more important aspects of your trip. You can use it as a place to record your expenses so you don’t have to spend extra money on software or apps. You could also use it as an itinerary planner and make notes on what you want to do each day. The possibilities are endless!
  • Use that journal for security purposes too! It’s possible that if something bad happens at home while you’re away, there won’t be anyone around who knows exactly where those locations are located (or even what they look like). If this happens, having written documentation could save time in emergencies because no one will have any questions about where things are; just show them what was written down earlier so they know where everything is supposed to be located when searching for answers or trying not to panic about why something happened unexpectedly.”

Get to know your triggers

Triggers can be internal or external, specific or non-specific, and single events or multiple. They could be visual (a certain color or shape), auditory (the sound of a siren), tactile (the feeling of sand on your skin), or even olfactory (the smell of smoke). You may have one trigger that triggers you off every time you encounter it—or it may not happen so predictably. And some triggers are specific to your deployment while others aren’t.

So how do you know what your triggers are? The first step is to ask yourself if any things set off an emotional reaction in me when I’m back home/traveling abroad:

  • Does my heart beat faster than usual?
  • Do I feel anxious?
  • Do I get angry?
  • Do I get sad?

Ask for help from Veterans Affairs

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The VA can help with travel planning. They have a page dedicated to veterans and their families, which includes tips for driving, flying, taking the train or bus, and renting a car. The VA also has information on how to get pet passports if you’re traveling with your furry friend.

The VA can help with travel documents. If you are flying and need directions to the airport or need to find out where the rental car facility is located within the airport complex before picking up your vehicle after landing in a new city – ask them! The VA has access to all of these locations so they are great sources for information such as this.

The VA can help with travel arrangements: Once again – this is an organization that assists veterans throughout their lives so if you have any questions about what type of support services are available through them (and there are many), just ask!

Carry a medical ID

It’s important to be prepared for an emergency. If you plan on traveling alone, or with a friend or family member, it’s best to carry a medical ID that includes your personal information and any allergies or health conditions. You can get one from a company like Emergency ID, which also provides an online service where you can upload your documents so they are always accessible when you need them.

When buying a medical ID bracelet:

  • Include all relevant information (name, age, birth date)
  • List any medications that you take regularly
  • Be sure to include contact info for close friends and family members

Talk to your doctor about medications and travel plans

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  • Talk to your doctor about medications and travel plans.
  • Keep a list of all the medications you take, how much you take, and when you take them.
  • Make sure you have enough medication for your trip, especially if it’s an extended one.
  • Be sure to double-check that the medications are effective in whatever destination you’re going to (this is especially important if you’ll be traveling outside North America).

Be prepared to explain yourself, even repeatedly

If you’re a veteran traveling for any reason, be prepared to explain yourself. This is especially true if you want to stay at a hotel or motel—but it’s also important at airports and train stations.

Veteran travelers often have specific needs that require extra attention when it comes to booking their travel plans. For instance, if you’ve served in combat overseas or were injured in battle, there are certain accommodations and concessions available to help ease the burden of your travels.

However, some non-veterans—especially those who work in the hospitality industry—don’t fully understand what those accommodations entail and might need extra help understanding exactly what they mean. So be ready: You may have to repeat yourself more than once while trying to get through airport security (or even just check into your hotel).

Don’t be afraid to express anger or frustration over delays caused by security measures; you have a right to do so.

  • Speak up. If you’re feeling angry or frustrated, don’t be afraid to let security and airline staff know about it. You have every right to express your frustrations, and they need to know what’s going on so they can help you as much as possible.
  • Be patient with yourself and others. Understand that everyone is likely feeling the same way you are at this point: frustrated by delays caused by security measures and unsure of how to handle them effectively or express their emotions appropriately. Also, remember that patience will go a long way toward solving any problems that arise from these delays—if nothing else, then at least people will be able to sleep peacefully without worrying about getting kicked off the plane for speaking their minds too loudly!

Veterans face extra challenges when traveling and the tips here can help minimize those challenges.

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Traveling is a very exciting time for many veterans and their families, but it also can present challenges for anyone who has served in the military. Veterans face extra challenges when traveling and the tips here can help minimize those challenges.

  • Keep a journal: if you have PTSD or another condition that makes it difficult to remember things, keeping notes about what happened during your trip may be helpful in case you need them later on. Your doctor can help you decide whether or not this is a good idea for your situation.
  • Get to know your triggers: knowing what might trigger negative reactions from PTSD or other mental health conditions can help make travel less stressful overall. The more prepared you are, the better off everyone will be on vacation!
  • Talk to your doctor about medications and travel plans: It’s important to discuss medication dosages before going anywhere far away from home because many medications lose effectiveness when taken outside of normal temperature ranges (i.e., they could become ineffective if exposed to extreme temperatures). If necessary, some medications may need adjustments before traveling abroad so talk with an experienced pharmacist such as [insert name] at [insert pharmacy].


As you can see from these tips, veterans face a unique set of challenges when it comes to traveling. But this doesn’t mean that you should give up on your plans for adventure! With the right preparation and understanding of what to expect, there’s no reason why your next trip can’t be as seamless as possible.