Travelling with Inflammatory arthritis
Travelling with inflammatory arthritis needn’t be a struggle. It’s best to plan and prepare, so here are some things to consider:
It’s best to make sure that you have extra, just in case you get delayed. Talk to you doctor ahead of time so that extra medications can be ordered. If crossing time zones, also try to make sure you take your medications at the right time, you can talk to your doctor about how best to manage this.
Always check if you need any special paperwork to travel with your medicine, this will help to avoid problems at customs. Some medications for inflammatory arthritis will require a travel certificate to enable you to take your medicines with you. It's usually best to pack your medicines in your hand luggage so that they don’t go missing.
Check with your travel company and accommodation ahead of time to make sure that they can accommodate your needs. Some medications need to be kept cool at all times.
Travel insurance can be your best friend if you ever need it. Make sure that you tell the insurance company about all of your health conditions.
Like help with my bags or a wheelchair if there's a long walk? – if you are flying and use a wheelchair or have mobility issues, book ‘special assistance’. Airlines, airports, cruise ships and ferry's in Canada are legally obliged to provide free help and assistance.
Its always best to speak to your doctor well in advance to make sure that any vaccinations you may need don’t interfere with your medication.
Normally, travelling involves sitting down for long periods of time. Try to change position as often as possible. For example, swap from sitting to standing, and move your joints around when practical.
If you have mobility problems, try to book a ground floor room or one near a lift. If you need mobility aids, make sure that you book them in advance and check that the room is large enough for you to use the aids you need.
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