A guide to travelling with pre-existing health conditions

Planning a holiday is an exciting time, but it can be challenging if you have health conditions that need to be considered before going away. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your trip to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible.

Speak to your GP

Before booking a trip, especially to a foreign destination, speak to your GP first. They will advise you if it’s safe for you to travel and what additional precautions you may need to take. Be sure to give them as much information as possible, such as:

* The country you will be travelling to
* Whether you will be travelling by air, boat, train or bus
* The type of accommodation you would like to stay in
* How long you will be staying there

Choose your destination wisely

When deciding on a destination, it’s worth considering the climate – extreme cold or heat can make some health conditions worsen and heat can also make you very tired. Consider the travelling time to reach your chosen destination as well. Sitting down for long periods on an aeroplane, for example, could exasperate your health condition and leave you feeling quite unwell.

Consider the accommodation you will stay in

It’s vital to ensure where you’re staying is suitable for you. If you have mobility issues, staying in an apartment that is quite a distance from town might not be such a good idea. All-inclusive holidays are often a good idea because meals, food and entertainment are all catered for.

Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers your existing medical conditions

This is essential. You need to make sure that should you fall ill while abroad, you have insurance cover that knows about your existing health issues and will cover any cost of the treatment you need. Make sure they will pay to fly you home if needed and will compensate you should you be unable to travel because of your health. An insurance company such as Staysure offers very good travel insurance for those with pre-existing health conditions.

Get to know your destination

Before you travel, find out certain information beforehand such as:

* Any vaccinations you may need before travelling
* An emergency telephone number of the local doctor
* The address of the nearest hospital
* The contact number of the British Embassy in the country you’re staying in.

Make sure to take enough medication required

Pack more medication than you need, just in case you lose some or your suitcase gets lost. Split the medications up and put a few days’ supplies in your hand luggage that you can keep with you. That way, you will still have medication even if any of your luggage goes missing.

This guide should help you prepare to travel so that when you arrive at your destination, you are ready to relax and have some fun knowing that you have covered any unforeseen problems, should they arise.

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