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How to look after your health when you travel

So, you worked all your life and that your kids are all grown up you are thinking of traveling abroad. But, while you sit down and make a list of the places you want to visit, you may think - I have this health condition, do I still qualify to travel abroad?

First of all, let me tell you, no health condition should stop you from seeing amazing places. Secondly, you will do best if you follow some advice on how to deal with medical condition if you want to travel.

Go See Your Doctor

First things first, you really need to go and see your doctor before traveling, no matter what. After you get travel clearance from your doctor, ask him to fill out information for your travel insurance, because you’ll need to get one. Talk with your doctor also for your medical history. Like, for example if you have a history with recurrent UTIs, you need to be prepared for that with extra medications, even though you might not have it right now. The medical history also addresses oxygen needs, which must be communicated to airline officials in advance. FAA regulations prohibit the use of personal oxygen units during flight although it may be checked below if it meets certain packaging and labeling requirements. Airlines provide oxygen equipment during the flight for a small service charge and most require a 48-hour notice.

Don’t Forget Airport Security Alarms

If you have any condition that may set off security alarms at airports or travel checkpoints (hip and knee implants or hearing aids) you will need to get a statement from your doctor clarifying that. Besides that you may also need to print off a list of your medical issues and medications, and it should be in an international language and format so that medical professionals anywhere in the world can easily understand.

Pack Enough Medication

When traveling you need to be sure you have enough medication with you. It’s better to pack extra medication with you than wandering around in a foreign country to find the medication you need. Also take in consideration to pack flu shots and make sure those are up-to-date. Also bear in mind that keeping on schedule with medications can sometimes be difficult when you’re out of routine and traveling. So it will be wise to keep an alarm setting on your phone that will help keep dosages consistent. Don’t forget to pack extra batteries for hearing aids if you use them and make sure they are turned to an appropriate volume.

Fly In Comfort

You need to make sure you have an aisle seat so you can easily get up and walk around. As we age we are at increased risk for blood clots when sitting to long. So stretching and moving around is a must.

Know Local Hospitals in Advance

It will be so much easier for you if you search for hospitals locations in your destination country in advance. This way you will be prepared and will know which hospital is closest, or which pharmacy is closest when you are running out of flu shots for example. Or you can be the one who helps a friend in your group that is having health problems and needs a hospital/pharmacy. It’s better to be prepared.

Dietary Conditions

If you are on a particular diet plan, you might want to figure out the food options in the country that you are traveling. First thing to do is trying to maintain meal times and sleep schedules, when possible (obviously that doesn’t apply when traveling in different time zones). Make sure you pack laxatives with you (to avoid traveler constipation). Talk to your agency if you have diabetes (or other conditions) that requires you to have a restricted diet. Also make sure you drink plenty of water.

don't forget your eyes

And the last tip? Bring on extra glasses if you suffer from vision impairment.


With these advices in mind, fasten your seat belt and enjoy your flight!