If you have any
chronic diseases or other health concerns, such as birth control or allergies,
see your doctor. You may need to take other steps or make adjustments in your travel plans.
Carry a letter from your doctor describing your conditions, a
list of your routine medicines including their generic names, and written
prescriptions for refills if you will be gone long.
Leave your prescription medicines in the
original containers—your name must match the name on the bottle—and pack them
in a waterproof container in your carry-on luggage. Take extra amounts of your
routine medicines packed in checked luggage in case of theft or loss.
If you have a heart
condition, travel with a copy of your most recent
electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG) for comparison in case you have chest pain or other symptoms.
If you have asthma,
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other
lung diseases, you may need to avoid stays in polluted cities or at high
If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before making any travel
decisions. If you decide to travel, take some
general precautions while traveling, such as notifying
the airline of your condition before you fly and taking a few walks while on a
long flight to increase the blood circulation in your legs. (This is good advice for all
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 14, 2013
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