Travel Advice

Holidays abroad

If you're thinking of jet setting away on a much needed holiday, don't think your illness can stop you! We have brought together some essential tips to help make sure you're prepared for any eventuality! It's important to consider all aspects of your trip, from choosing the right destination, to thinking about travel insurance and what would happen if things didn't go to plan. Please remember that all the information on the site is for advice only, if you need further help or support please consult your Doctor or local Pharmacy. 

Before you book

There's a few things to consider before you make that all exciting booking! Use our checklist to help you make the best choice:

  • Although not always easy, take a review of how your condition has been recently to help you determine how long you’re going to go for.

  • Do some research on your chosen destination and accommodation to make sure it has all the facilities you need, such as adequate washing and toilet access.

  • If your condition is flaring, look to see if access isn't too strenuous. Are there big hills or lots of steps?

  • See how long the transfer times are from the airport to your accommodation, are there toilet facilities available if you need them?

  • If you're going somewhere hot, is air-conditioning available?

Before you travel

So, you're all booked and getting super excitied right? Preparing for your trip can be stressful and maybe daunting for some, so here are some tips to help make things a little easier:

  • Firstly and most importantly is Medication! Make sure you have enough supplies of everything you currently take. Carry your medication in your hand luggage (although check your airline's regulations before travelling) with a copy of your prescription. Pack a spare supply of medication in your suitcase or hold luggage (along with another copy of your prescription) in case you lose your hand luggage. If your travelling from the UK, see here for further advice.

  • Pack wisely, taking into consideration your condition and weather conditions. Depending on your baggage allowance, more is always better just to be safe. 

  • INSURANCE! Yes, this is very important! To make sure you're covered for any eventuality do not travel without it. A personal recommendation can be found here.

  • If you can choose your seats on the plane, try sit closer to the toilet facilities if your condition requires so and if you're worried, speak to the airline staff.

  • Make sure you have made the necessary arrangements with work/school so that you have at least one day to relax once your return. 

While you're there

All that planning has paid off and you're having a great time, but don't let those Mojito's throw you off track! Here's some additional things to remember:

  • Keep an eye on your condition! Foreign food and drink can give anyone stomach ache or diarrhoea, but your body may be a little more sensitive. Eat small amounts of new food's first and know your limits when it comes to alcohol. If you feel unwell get help immediately or find your nearest pharmacy for advice.

  • It's always good to be able to have emergency contact details to hand, such as your Doctor back home or a family member. Make sure you carry these at all times.

  • Finally, remember to post as many pictures on Instagram to make all your family and friends jealous! If you have any further tips to share why not post them on the community page? 

The materials in this web site are in no way intended to replace the professional medical care, advice, diagnosis or treatment of a doctor.

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