Planes, Trains & Automobiles: How to Safely Travel with Cancer

Apple a Day Blog | December 20, 2017

Traveling this holiday season? Traveling with cancer can present some extra challenges if you’re not prepared. There are a few things you may want to keep in mind if you are a cancer patient or caregiver planning on traveling in the next few months.

First, it is important to confirm with your doctor that it is safe for you to travel. Once you get the all-clear, these simple tips may make your vacation a lot safer and more enjoyable:

  • Be sure to pack your medication and medical equipment in a carry-on bag. Having your medication near you will be important in case you need it. It will also provide some peace-of-mind knowing that you have everything you need close by.

  • Pack healthy snacks. You never know when your trip could be delayed. Packing healthy snacks will allow you to stay energized and nourished during your journey. You also may be less likely to choose junk food if you have a healthy treat within your reach.

  • Keep a summary of your medications, allergies, diagnosis and treatment plan. In case of a medical emergency, it is important to have this information with you while you travel. Need help keeping your medications straight? Download, print and fill out our handy Medication Tracker.

  • Maintain your current exercise regimen. Staying active while traveling is a simple way to maintain your health and keep you energized while away from home. If you’re not able to do your regular workout, getting your heart rate up for the same amount of time will still be beneficial. As always, check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise regime.

  • Always protect your skin with sunscreen. Your vacation may mean spending time in a climate you’re not accustomed to. No matter the weather, it is important to make sure you’re staying protected against the sun’s harmful rays.

These are just a few ways to make your travels safer and more enjoyable. For more tips on travel safety, talk to your doctor or a trusted medical professional. 

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