10 Tips for Travelling with Pre-existing Medical Conditions

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Travelling with pre-existing medical conditions

Overseas travel comes as a welcome break for many of us. However, planning a trip abroad can present challenges to those of us with a medical condition, and good preparation can ensure that your trip is everything you hope it will be.

Know your medication
You don’t want to arrive at the airport to find that you can’t carry on your essential medication. Check beforehand about rules in relation to how medicines can be transported, and always keep a copy of your prescription should you need to prove they belong to you. Hand luggage is the best way to transport medicines where possible, so that they’re always with you.

Do your homework on the destination

Look up nearby clinics and pharmacies in advance, in case you need to pay a visit.

Look up local health information
Check the Foreign Office website for details of what to do in a health emergency in your destination country.

Consider how you’ll power medical devices
If you are taking a device that needs power, research how you’ll be able to use it. Check whether it’s compatible with the voltage in your destination. Make sure you pack any adaptors, chargers and spare batteries.

Make your airport experience simpler
Ask the airline in advance if they can offer help, such as priority boarding. The majority of flight operators offer online check-in to save you waiting around.

Wear your medical ID
If you carry medical ID or wear a medical bracelet, make sure you have it with you and wear it visibly.

Seek guidance from a professional
If you’re at all concerned about your fitness to travel, or what precautions to take, you should consult your GP or Pharmacist.

Get travel insurance
No matter how well you prepare, there’s always the possibility of becoming unwell, losing medication or having to spend extra time overseas if you’re not fit to travel home Medical Travel Insurance offers specialist insurance for people with existing conditions.

Keep digital information
As well as having hard copies of your prescription, travel insurance documents, and EHIC, it’s a great idea to download or photograph them on your smartphone for back up.

Make sure your companion is clued up
If you’re travelling with others, ensure they know what to do in an emergency, and where to find your medicines.

By preparing well, you’ll be able to relax knowing you’re safe to travel, leaving you free to enjoy a wonderful trip abroad.