Getting ready for your next event

5 things to remember at your next event
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Going to events and being a part of a larger community is important to everybody, including people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Whether it's a sports game, a concert, a town hall, or anything else, getting out there may help you connect with others, feel less isolated, and enrich your life.

But getting around a venue may be a challenge—especially if you have a chronic disease like MS. It's important to know what you're getting into and plan ahead.

Here are 5 ways that can help you better prepare for an event.

Use a map to navigate the venue

1. Get a map

Maps may be a good way to navigate a large venue. You can often go online and print maps out before you go. You could even download a map directly to your phone for quick, easy access wherever you end up. With a map, you may be able to check your seating arrangement, look for the exits, and locate the first aid station, restrooms, and food vendors.

Arrive early to get a good parking spot

2. Make a parking plan

Keep in mind that large venues often have expansive parking lots. If you get there late and park toward the back, you'll have a long walk to the venue. Plan to leave early so you can park closer to the venue. There are also usually specified handicap parking spots that you can use. It is a good idea to research the location online before you go.

Taking public transportation eliminates parking issues

3. Consider public transportation

Parking can be difficult at big venues, so you might want to consider taking public transit. This is a great way to get to an event, and you won't have to worry about parking.

Check the weather forecast before heading out

4. Check the forecast

If you're going to an outdoor venue, remember to look at the weather beforehand. The last thing you want is to be stuck in the rain unable to cover yourself, or stuck in warm weather and getting overheated. Wearing layers could help you adjust to the temperature outside by adding or removing clothing as you need.

Book your outing ahead of time

5. Book early

Venues often have limited disability seating. If that's what you need, book your tickets early. Although the federal government mandates a certain amount of wheelchair seating, it isn't a whole lot. Plan ahead to improve your chance of getting a seat!

Always remember to be safe and talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have when going to a venue. Planning ahead before you go may help relieve some stress and help you make the most of your experience. Going with friends and family is a great way to stay connected and create some happy memories.

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