Tips for travelling with a medical condition

Posted in General on 1 January 2020

Holidays are the perfect antidote to help combat the everyday stresses of life and offer some surprising health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, boosting immunity and even improving your memory. (Hostelworld, 2019) So, when living with a pre-existing medical condition, a holiday may do more for your health and mental well-being than you realise.  

However, when travelling with a pre-existing condition, there are some things to consider to ensure your adventure is enjoyable and runs as smoothly as possible.

  • Talk to your GP

Even if you feel well and your condition is being managed or regulated by medication it is still worth paying a visit to your GP to inform them of your travel plans and to have a check-up before you leave to ensure you are fit to travel. They can also advise if it is safe for you to embark on any excursions you may want to participate in whilst on your trip and when to take your medication if you’re in a different time zone. Similarly, make sure you have enough of your medication for the duration of your trip.

  • Be destination conscious

Although jetting off to an exotic destination may sound like a dream, the reality is that a long-haul flight may not be the best thing for you or your medical condition and neither could the climate.  Some weathers could potentially put a strain on your heart such as destinations that are particularly humid or of high altitude. When picking the ideal holiday destination, be mindful of choosing somewhere that is mild and comfortable and remember to try and stay out of direct sunlight during the hours of the day when the sun is at its strongest.

  • What to take with you

Naturally the first thing on your packing list won’t be your medication but it’s important to not to forget to take it with you! It’s recommended to pack a few days extra more than you may need and pack it in its original containers in your hand luggage and not your checked -in baggage in case you are delayed or it were to go missing. It is also suggested that you take along a copy of your prescription and any documentation your GP may have provided you with stating that you are fit to fly and don’t forget, pack plenty of sunscreen, hats and loose clothing if you’re travelling to a hot destination or plenty of warm layers if you’re travelling somewhere cold to help regulate and maintain your body temperature.

  • Due Diligence

When booking your trip ensure that the amenities as well as the destination itself is suitable for you. For example, if you have breathing difficulties you don’t want a hotel that is on the top of a hill!

Do your research of the local area before you leave, what facilities your hotel offers, how far away the nearest hospital is etc. This will allow you to properly plan and prepare for the unforeseen or unexpected happen whilst you are away.

  • Travel Insurance

And finally, don’t forget or overlook your travel insurance needs. Many travel insurers may not be able to offer extensive travel protection if you have a pre-existing medical condition which could end up costing you a pretty penny should the unforeseen happen. But that’s where Able2Travel Travel Insurance can step in to help.

Able2Travel Travel Insurance can cover almost any medical condition and we understand that no matter what your age or medical condition, your passion for travel is still just as present today as it was 20 years ago. You can get a pre-existing medical condition travel insurance quote by visiting or by calling our helpful team on 01483 806 826.

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