Trips needs advance planning. This is so you can be comfortable and lower your risk of your health condition getting worse while you are away. Traveling can be a challenge, but it can be done. Pace yourself. Schedule even more rest than usual. And use this checklist to create a smart travel plan for a safe and enjoyable trip. Bon voyage!
See your healthcare provider at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip.
Get written instructions for how to handle problems while you are away.
If you are crossing time zones, ask how to take your medicines on schedule.
Ask about your specific travel concerns. Take notes or ask a loved one to do it.
Try to travel off-season, when there are fewer people.
Think about what times of day you feel your best and when you need to take medicine.
If you will be flying, call the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at least 72 hours before your flight. The TSA can give you help at security checkpoints.
Do you have enough medicine? Do you have extra in case of an unplanned delay?
Pack your medicines in your carry-on luggage. Keep them in their original containers.
Bring extra written prescriptions. This is in case of emergency or in case your medicines get lost.
Pack light and take only what is really needed.
Carry your healthcare providers’ contact information. Carry a list of medicines and a brief health history with you at all times. Give a copy to a person traveling with you.
Bring a copy of your health insurance’s out-of-area care policy.
Get the prescription for your oxygen needs in writing.
Make a plan for getting oxygen at your destination.
Arrange for supplemental oxygen in advance with your airline. Ask about costs, paperwork, and layovers.
Ask about the no-smoking policies where you are going.
Let your travel companions and hosts know you can’t be near anyone who smokes.
Wear a medical alert bracelet.
Pack a travel health kit.
Locate the hospital closest to where you are staying.
Find out the emergency services phone number.