Read this guide some top tips for planning a holiday with a medical condition. You'll be able to enjoy your next trip with peace of mind!
You’ve chosen this year’s adventure, and you’re putting the final details in place for what you hope will be a memorable trip.
So, to help you tick every box for getting ready. We’ve put together a one-stop guide to preparing for a holiday with a medical condition.
Travel insurance has never been so important, especially following the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic. For those who have a medical condition and are therefore at a higher risk of developing complications, travel insurance is essential.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) have revealed that every 3 minutes a UK holidaymaker needs emergency medical treatment abroad. The total medical bill paid by insurers last year was £209 million – the highest figure since 2010. So, if you’re still unsure whether you need travel insurance which covers your medical conditions… check out these example claims from the last year alone:
Forget about juggling the costs of the medical expenses and choose specialist medical travel insurance to holiday with peace of mind.
Basic travel insurance – like those provided with some bank accounts – often provide no cover for your medical conditions, or far too little!
After finding the right medical travel insurance, it’s now time to prepare yourself for any medical events at your destination – just in case!
Consider the following:
Making sure you have enough medication for your holiday is vital!
So book an appointment to see your GP before you go, let them know how long you’ll be away for, and make sure your prescription covers you.
This would also be a good opportunity to ask your doctor any questions you have about your trip. Such as:
Once your prescription is sorted, try to travel with your medication in your hand luggage in case your luggage gets lost or damaged.
Medical travel insurance should cover you for any loss or theft of medication… but it’s also a good idea to know the name of your medication in the local language, just in case you need it.
To ensure your journey is comfortable and runs smoothly, let your airline know about your medical condition before you travel.
You might be surprised by how much they can help!
From priority boarding to needing oxygen in the cabin, it’s always best to check your options.
If you’ve recently had chemotherapy, avoid live vaccinations. They’re not recommended for six months after the treatment – they can cause serious infections to a weakened immune system.
Are you awaiting a date for future treatment?
Consider waiting list cover on your travel insurance – available from AllClear as an optional extra.
And remember some cancer treatments can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight – so be aware of taking time out of the sun.
Taking a holiday can help to ease the symptoms you may be experiencing, but travelling can sometimes increase anxiety.
Consider travelling with someone who understands your anxiety, and have an itinerary to ensure you’re organised.
If you’re worried about flying, then simple tips like listenin to music may help.
Always keeping your medication in your hand luggage is extra important if your diabetes requires you take insulin!
If your insulin goes into the hold it could freeze – which isn’t good!
Instead, it’s a good idea to bring a note from your doctor explaining that you must keep your insulin and syringes with you while travelling.
Have you considered a blood pressure monitor?
That way you can keep an eye on your blood pressure whilst you’re away and ensure that it remains within a safe blood pressure range.
If you’re flying, stay hydrated! The air in an aircraft is very dry, and if you do have a few glasses of alcohol, don’t forget the increased effect it can have in the pressurised cabin.
If you have a pre-existing condition then you’ll need Specialist Medical Travel Insurance to help protect you and your trip. Discover how AllClear can help you today!
The information in this blog post is not intended to replace professional medical advice. It is a general overview of a broad medical care topic. Blog posts are not tailored to one person’s specific medical requirements, diagnosis or treatment. If you do notice symptoms or you require medical advice, you should always consult your doctor or healthcare provider to obtain professional medical help. Read through our disclaimer for more information.
Written by Lydia Crispin, MA Content Creator at AllClear
Edited by Letitia Smith, M.Sc. Content Manager at AllClear
Written by: Lydia Crispin | Travel Insurance ExpertLast Updated: 23 August 2023
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