Older travellers heading overseas or on a long holiday away from home are wise to plan ahead. Check in with your GP and dentist well beforehand. Ask your GP for a letter outlining any significant medical history, including the dosages and generic names of your medicines.
It’s also a good idea to get a prescription for medication for any existing medical conditions and carry it in your cabin luggage. Be aware that some medications (e.g. Insulin) can deteriorate in the heat so store them in a cool vacuum flask.
Travelling through multiple time zones can be a challenge for people who need to monitor their medication level frequently, like diabetics and those who need careful monitoring of a heart condition.
Here are some other tips:
- Take a spare pair of glasses and your glasses’ prescription, or enough contact lens solution for the whole journey.
- Wear a medic-alert bracelet if you have one, and take spare batteries for hearing aids.
- If you’re travelling in a hot climate, remember to take extra fluids. Beware of stomach upsets and know how to treat them.
- Ensure you have travel insurance covering pre-existing conditions.
- Get as fit and healthy as possible before you go - travelling is often hard work!