An article written in conjunction with Medical Travel Compared to help you see that medical holidays are totally possible, and some simple tips to help you get the holiday you deserve.
Medical holidays are possible with a little advance planning. Having a medical problem shouldn’t stop you from traveling, but it may mean you need to take extra care when planning your trip. While it can be a bit stressful and time-consuming at times, it is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety.
It’s true that traveling with a medical condition can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With careful planning and preparation, you can have a safe and enjoyable trip. To make your trip easier, here are six things to plan ahead of time before you go on vacation.
Talk to your doctor or specialist
When you decide you will be traveling, it is important to talk to your doctor or specialist about your plans, as you may need to rebook appointments or reschedule appointments that have already been booked. Your doctor may even say that travel is not advisable if your condition is not stable or manageable when you leave.
It’s also important to make sure you have any necessary medication and documentation, as you may not be able to get them at your destination.
It may also be a good idea to research the healthcare system in the countries you plan to visit and make sure you are familiar with local laws and regulations. You should also make sure you have a plan for any emergencies that may arise.
Make sure people are aware of your condition
If you’re traveling with a group of people you don’t normally live with, be sure to let them know about your medical condition and any medications you’re taking.
It’s also a good idea to provide them with a list of emergency contacts and any special instructions they should follow in the event of an emergency.
Make an inventory list
This is something everyone who goes on vacation should do, regardless. Make a list of everything you do on vacation and take photos of everything too.
If your case is lost or stolen, you at least have proof of everything in your luggage. Another thing to keep in mind when traveling is that any of your medications or medical equipment can be taken with you as carry-on luggage rather than in the plane’s hold.
Some equipment may not be allowed on the plane at all, so check with your airline as you may have to deliver it from your destination before departure so that it is available on your arrival.
Have the right level of care
We all know it’s important to have insurance before you leave. This should be arranged as soon as possible when you book your holiday so that if anything happens before your trip you are covered.
If you have a medical condition, it can be difficult to find insurance that will give you enough coverage or the right coverage, but don’t worry because there are providers that specialize in insurance to cover pre-existing conditions.
Check by looking for pre-existing conditions of travel insurance in the UK. Be sure to call them with any questions you may have before you buy, as paying for insurance that doesn’t meet your needs can be costly.
You may never need to use your insurance, but it’s always better to have it and be covered than to travel, get sick, and have a hefty bill.
Another thing to consider before you travel is if you need assistance with accessibility, either on the plane or any mode of transportation once you arrive at your destination.
When booking your accommodation, make sure you have what you need to make your stay safe and enjoyable. If you do not know where to visit, why not ask people with your health problems. There can be perfect vacations with medical conditions you never thought possible.
Pack all your medications and equipment
Depending on your condition, you may need to pack certain medications or medical equipment.
It is also important to research the medical facilities and services available in the areas you plan to visit so that you can access medical care if needed.
Keep important information close at hand
If you are traveling to a country where your native language is not well spoken, get a postcard with a translation of everything you need in the language.
For example, any allergies, medical conditions, medicines you take and emergency contact details so they can be handed over if they are needed in an emergency.
Also, take a copy of any doctor’s letters or prescriptions with medications you need or carry, as some are prohibited and without it, you could be in a lot of trouble and possibly have your medications confiscated.
Despite these precautions, it’s important to remember that having a medical condition doesn’t mean you can’t travel. With proper planning and preparation, you can enjoy the same experiences as everyone else and discover the wonders of the world.
So don’t be afraid to fulfill your dreams and see the world. just make sure you take the necessary steps to stay safe and healthy.
Do you have any recommendations for vacations with health issues? Are there any countries that are particularly helpful or resorts that have good disabled access? Let us know in the comments below.
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