Traveling with A Chronic Illness: Everything You Need to Know

By Shannon Gurnee
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April 11, 2020

Today, on Redhead Mom, we’re sharing about Traveling with a Chronic Illness as a partnered guest post.

Many people around the world are diagnosed with chronic illnesses with each offering its own side effects. Some people with chronic illnesses avoid traveling when they can but others still want to get out there and explore the world. There is no reason to avoid traveling with a chronic illness, unless you are physically unable, as long as you take the necessary precautions.

In this article, we are going to discuss some of the things you need to know when doing this. Use our tips to have a great trip without your illness limiting you in what you can do, but if your illness does require constant monitorization then you should consult with your doctor about a remote patient monitoring solution.

Traveling with a chronic illness

Getting Travel Insurance

When you are going on any kind of trip, you need to make sure that you are investing in travel insurance. If something were to go wrong when you are on holiday, you might need to go to a hospital, and this could cost you a lot more money than you think. The good news is that you can still travel if you have a medical condition, but you need to make sure that your insurer is aware of this before you go. This way, you can make sure that your condition is noted, and you’ll be insured for any related issues.

Try to Travel with A Friend

It is possible to travel alone even when you have a chronic illness but often, it can be useful to make sure that you always have a friend or family member with you. They might need to alert someone if you get unwell or give you a hand with something, depending on the illness that you have. Make sure to choose someone who is sensitive and appreciates the situation that you are in. While you won’t want to be a burden on them, you need to know that you can trust them to help you.

You Can Make Special Requests

Did you know that some hotels will accommodate you if you make special requests due to your illness? For example, if you had Chronic Fatigue then you might find that you cannot walk upstairs as easily as someone else. In this case, you could request that the hotel finds you a room on the ground floor to make your trip more enjoyable. Have a think about what you need when you travel and make the requests is necessary. This is also something to consider if you are flying on a plane.

Bring Extra Medication

The final thing that you should know about traveling with a chronic illness is that it is always a good idea to bring extra medication along with you. If something were to happen to your bag, then you could find yourself without your important medication to get you through the trip. It might also be worth checking with your doctor to find out if they can write you an extra prescription before you go. Then, if you need to go to a local pharmacy, you can. This might not always be possible but is worth a try.

Final Verdict

If you are someone who suffers from a chronic illness, then you should not let that stop you from traveling and exploring the world. Make sure to consider everything that we have discussed in this article before traveling and this should help you to plan your trip accordingly. It is possible to have fun as long as you are careful about the situations that you are putting yourself in. Use our tips and you’ll have a great time!


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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