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Why medical conditions shouldn’t stop you travelling

When people are diagnosed with long-standing medical conditions, they can sometimes think that it will restrict them from travelling and going on holiday. However, provided you can obtain suitable specialist travel insurance, the vast majority of people can travel quite happily without fear of their medical condition holding them back.

Forward planning

If you want to go on a holiday, one of the best things you can do is to forward plan your trip as much as possible. The more you can get pre-arranged before you go, the easier the trip is likely to be.

Perhaps you need extra time to get on board a plane and think this will cause problems. If you contact the airline in advance, they will probably be able to make arrangements for you to ensure you can board with maximum ease. Similarly, you can reserve a seat on your flight and tell the attendants that you have special circumstances so that they are made aware.

Be prepared

If you have a medical condition, you will probably be on various different medications. You need to ensure you have enough of a supply to see you through your whole trip and have some spare. If for some reason you have to stay away longer, you don’t want to run out of medicine.

Get advice and a note from your doctor to ensure you are fit to travel to your destination and be sure to take out travel insurance. If you do need to visit a hospital abroad due to a medical emergency, make sure you contact the insurers medical emergency helpline to get the help you need. Without insurance the costs can be extortionate.

Take everything you need

Make sure you have packed everything you’re going to need for your holiday. Make a list of everything you want to take then a list of everything you need to take. Be aware of weight restrictions on your luggage and don’t take unnecessary extras, particularly if you will be purchasing things while you’re away.

Ensure there is some space in your case just in case you buy any souvenirs and try to pack everything logically. Roll your clothes rather than folding them to save yourself space and creases. Tick everything off your list as you go to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything and, most importantly, have a great time.