Spread those wings!

Spread those wings!

If you’ve travelled with haemophilia before, you’ve probably already experienced different sorts of limitations, both financial and medical. For starters, although completely unavoidable, travel insurance can unfortunately be expensive for people with chronic illnesses. And then there’s the worry that you might not have access to good treatment – or healthcare providers who speak your language – when travelling abroad.

With that said, travel is one of life’s greatest pleasures. When you are living with haemophilia, it just takes a bit of extra planning! So let’s talk about that.

Preparing to travel

Preparation is key when travelling. Here are three basic steps to make sure your trip runs smoothly

Talk

Talk to your care team before you  travel. They can advise you and help with preparations – including documents and medication – depending on your individual situation.

It’s also a good idea to get your doctor to write a letter with information about your condition and the usual treatment you receive. Just to cover all bases, it can be worthwhile getting the letter translated into the language of the place you are visiting.

Plan

When booking accommodation, it is s good idea to find a place with a refrigerator in which you can store your treatment. This is particularly important if you’re off to a warmer destination!

Check your travel insurance is in order. No one should go on holiday without it — and this is especially true for someone living with haemophilia.

Before you go, find out where is the nearest Haemophilia Treatment Centre to your destination. You can find that information at this link

Pack

Bring your own treatment with you. Products can vary a lot from country to country. If you’re flying, Carry your medication onboard the plane as hand luggage; this way it’s safely within sight and reach.

For the airport security staff, it is a good ideas to carry a letter explaining why you are carrying liquids, medicines, needles, syringes etc. Possibly in the language of your destination.

The letter should state the possible implications of not having your medication immediately at hand.

It is also a good idea to have a photocopy of all your travel documents including insurance policies and doctors’ letters. Maybe take a photo of these too, so you have them on your phone at all times.

Enjoy!

NP-8249
Date of preparation: October 2019

Spread those wings!

If you’ve travelled with haemophilia before, you’ve probably already experienced different sorts of limitations, both financial and medical. For starters, although completely unavoidable, travel insurance can unfortunately be expensive for people with chronic illnesses. And then there’s the worry that you might not have access to good treatment – or healthcare providers who speak your language – when travelling abroad.

With that said, travel is one of life’s greatest pleasures. When you are living with haemophilia, it just takes a bit of extra planning! So let’s talk about that.

Preparing to travel

Preparation is key when travelling. Here are three basic steps to make sure your trip runs smoothly

Talk

Talk to your care team before you  travel. They can advise you and help with preparations – including documents and medication – depending on your individual situation.

It’s also a good idea to get your doctor to write a letter with information about your condition and the usual treatment you receive. Just to cover all bases, it can be worthwhile getting the letter translated into the language of the place you are visiting.

Plan

When booking accommodation, it is s good idea to find a place with a refrigerator in which you can store your treatment. This is particularly important if you’re off to a warmer destination!

Check your travel insurance is in order. No one should go on holiday without it — and this is especially true for someone living with haemophilia.

Before you go, find out where is the nearest Haemophilia Treatment Centre to your destination. You can find that information at this link

Pack

Bring your own treatment with you. Products can vary a lot from country to country. If you’re flying, Carry your medication onboard the plane as hand luggage; this way it’s safely within sight and reach.

For the airport security staff, it is a good ideas to carry a letter explaining why you are carrying liquids, medicines, needles, syringes etc. Possibly in the language of your destination.

The letter should state the possible implications of not having your medication immediately at hand.

It is also a good idea to have a photocopy of all your travel documents including insurance policies and doctors’ letters. Maybe take a photo of these too, so you have them on your phone at all times.

Enjoy!

NP-8249
Date of preparation: October 2019