Planning to travel when you already deal with an illness every day can seem like an impossible dream, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little thought and preparation, you’ll be able to jet off in no time at all. Here are five ways to make travel smoother when you have an illness.
- Check the restrictions of your potential destination(s) before you book
Some countries are very strict about tourists bringing medicines into the country (in the UAE, for example, some over-the-counter medicines are considered controlled substances). Always research the laws of the country you’re looking to visit, so you can head somewhere where you can bring all necessary medication and equipment, and take your prescription with you.
Alternatively, if the thought of this stresses you out too much, you plan a trip in your home country.
The benefits of a staycation:
- It gives you the opportunity to explore the country you live in and discover new places
- There’s normally less planning involved
- It reduces time spent travelling
- Take out insurance that covers your medical condition
Insurance is essential for any trip and it’s doubly important when you have a medical condition. The cost of treatment abroad can be extremely high, even for relatively minor injuries like sprains and bites.
Not all policies will cover all illness, so be sure to read the small print to make sure your condition is covered (this includes both physical and mental illnesses).
- Dress for comfort
Whether you’re travelling by car or coach, train or plane, wearing comfortable clothes makes for a much better journey. Loose-fit layers are breathable and can be adjusted according to the temperature inside your transport of choice — you never know if it’s going to be too hot or too cold inside a plane, after all.
Flat shoes like trainers will cushion your feet. If you’re headed to a hot destination, open sandals that are easy to slip on and off will stop your feet from swelling or overheating.
- Bring snacks and water everywhere you go
Never underestimate the importance of drinking water — it keeps your brain alert, flushes out toxins that cause infections, and boosts your immune system, which will come in handy while you’re on your travels.
Dehydration can cause:
- Lack of concentration
- Muscle cramps
- Impaired vision
Pack a bottle and sip from it regularly throughout the day, refilling it as needed. (If you’re in a country where the quality of the tap water is questionable, stick to bought bottled water.)
Meanwhile, snacking will stop you from getting too hungry in between meals. Healthy options such as fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs and mixed nuts will give you an energy boost and keep your blood sugar levels stable.
- Rest when you need to
Travel can be exhausting, so schedule in time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation in between all the sightseeing. Not only will this give you the space to recover, but feeling refreshed when you head off on your next adventure means you’ll enjoy it all the more.