Everyone loves to travel. There is so much to see in this world, and people have a ton of places on their bucket lists to be ticked off. However, travelling with a serious ailment such as cancer is always a physical and a mental hurdle. The lust for travelling on one hand, and the most essential treatment for a cure on the other. It is indeed one of the most difficult parts of their lives. Although people can still find time and resources for this ailment, they need to manage their trips a lot. Cancer is a serious sickness, and most of the time it is deadly. So, it should be taken very seriously, especially when you are travelling.
So, for this reason, when you travel with this sickness, you need to take extra precautions. Although nobody should stop you from travelling, as it will only strengthen your mind and soul which is much needed to fight cancer. You really need to know these important tips before and during your travelling trip.
My ultimate travel tips
Whenever you travel, it can take a lot of your time and money. Though we cannot bring back the time you have spent travelling, there is always a way to reduce the cost of your flights and accommodation. Cancer can always reduce the weight of your bank account, even if your health insurance is covering all your expenses. But there is a way to cut extra costs, which will be so helpful for everyone. Although thank God I have no ailment as of now, I did avail a deal provided by a reputed travel agency. I was lucky to find cheap flights to Toronto from London when I was visiting Canada last fall. So, you can also find amazing deals of discounts and promotion packages on flights and accommodation. You can also find last minute flight tickets on their website. All you need to do is to get counsel from them, and insist on finding some discount on your flight and accommodation.
Travelling with cancer? Know these tips to enhance your experience
Appointment with your physician before leaving
The first and the most important thing to do is to get an appointment with your doctor or physician. They will tell you about any recommendations, or restrictions, or even advise you against travelling if your case is a bit critical. You may also be advised to keep an extra medicine to use in your travelling. Also, you may need to keep the contacts of any doctor in the area of your trip, just in case any emergency requires their service.
Revising your medicines
As there is always going to be a factor of forgetfulness, you need to make a checklist of items and include your medicine in it with top priority. No matter what type of cancer you have, you always need to take it seriously. So, carry your medicines with utmost priority and care, so that you never miss any intake. Health is always the biggest concern, and travelling can sometimes disrupt your digestive system or eating habits. So, keep yourself on the track with regular alarms and reminders, and take your meds regularly on time.
Pack your medical records
One of the most important things to carry in your luggage is your medical records. Just in case you need any medical attention or examination due to an emergency, a local physician will always need to study your records. They should also contain your current state, and all the past treatments, as well as any other information that your current doctor prescribes. It will be easy for that doctor to treat you with that information. If you are travelling in a group, with a friend, or with a loved one, you also need to provide them with a copy of your medical records.
You need to learn the art of avoiding infections when you are travelling. It is not a complex job to avoid infections, as you need to carry essential items such as water cleaners, mosquito repellent, etc. However, once you are infected, it can get serious with your current condition. So, it is better to avoid places and take part in activities which will make you prone to infections. Even if it requires you to cancel your trip, you need to put yourself and your health first.
Keeping yourself hydrated
Keeping your body hydrated is essential in all forms of travelling, especially when you have an ailment. Always keep a water bottle full with a healthy filtered bottle on you all the time. You can also drink natural fruit and vegetable juices in order to keep up hydration. I highly recommend staying indoors most of the time if the temperature and weather are extreme outside, but if you need to go visit someplace, it is important to cover up properly, keep drinking water or fluids, and enjoy with care. So, always keep good water bottles with a filter cap or straw in your luggage or daypack.