Here are some general tips that may help you prepare for your holiday. Some are general, some relate specifically to travelling with pulmonary hypertension (PH).
- Organise any documents well in advance of travelling.
- Check if you need immunisations or a visa to travel where you plan to go.
- Let people such as your travel agent or the airline know about your PH so they can make any arrangements.
- Keep any documents relating to your medication handy.
- If you need oxygen, check in early and remind staff so they can make suitable arrangements.
- Make sure you have some medication in your hand luggage.
When you are on holiday
- Enjoy yourself but be aware of your diet and alcohol intake.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stop you becoming dehydrated. This is especially important if you are somewhere hot and if you are drinking more alcohol than normal.
- Pace yourself. Try not to return from your holiday needing another one!
- If you develop a minor medical problem (eg sickness) that prevents you from taking your medication, don’t double up on your medication when you are better. If you can’t take your treatment for more than 24 hours, contact a local hospital for advice.
If you need medical attention while on holiday
- Let any doctors and nurses know that you have PH.
- Make sure the doctors and nurses know what medication you are already taking.
- If you are prescribed a medication, ask if it is OK to take with your existing PH treatments.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA UK) have produced a quick reference guide called Travelling with PH. This contains some tips for preparing for a holiday and translations of handy phrases relevant to PH and its treatment. This is contained in the members’ pack that is given to all members of the PHA UK. Joining the PHA UK is free.