Travelling with gout

Remember to Pack:

Allopurinol or other uric acid lowering medications to help control uric acid and prevent flare-ups; and Colchicine and/or NSAIDs to treat inflammation and pain during a flare-up. Bring along any prescriptions or any other necessary documentation required to travel with medications.

Thick soled shoes- to protect joints and allow you to be physically active

At the airport:

Consider allowing someone to take your luggage for you if you are experiencing pain in your joints.

Before arriving at the hotel:

Purchase some bottled water and healthy snacks such as cherries, oranges, low-fat yogurt and cheese, and high fiber grains. Purchasing these things at the hotel can be expensive and the staff may not be able to accommodate your diet.

Being Social:

Although it is recommended to avoid alcohol, this may not always be possible. In these cases, try to avoid beer and wine and opt for alternatives such as vodka or whiskey instead of cocktails with added juice and sugar. Drink lots of water afterwards as a chaser.

If you are planning on going out to eat, try opting for a vegetarian restaurant or ordering a vegetarian dish to decrease the likelihood of increasing uric acid levels.