How to Travel with Someone Who Has an Illness
This content has been archived. It may no longer be relevant
As much as you may enjoy traveling, you can’t neglect your health at any point. Moreover, what if you want to travel with someone that has an illness? While this shouldn’t stop you from traveling, you must keep in mind a number of steps in order to protect yourself and your travel buddy.
It all boils down to the research that you do before your trip and being prepared when the departure date finally arrives. Have you packed the necessary medication? Does everyone have travel insurance? Have you thought about hiring a medical escort?
In order to avoid the chaos of visiting a hospital in a foreign country, make a note of the following points.
Bring the necessary medication
If your travel partner has certain medication that they take for their health, it must be packed in their suitcase. That being said, make sure to research what the airline rules are about bringing prescription medicine, to ensure that you aren’t flagged for it.
Be safe and do prior research
Above all, you must stay safe abroad. Do prior research before you arrive at your destination, and don’t do anything that could potentially put anyone in danger.
Moreover, everyone should also make a point of visiting a vaccine travel clinic, to ensure that you and your loved ones will not become sick or worsen an existing condition.
Bring a medical escort on board
If you know for a fact that the individual you are traveling with will require medical assistance and that they are prone to health risks, you should consider bringing a medical escort with you
There are companies who offer these types of services, such as Flying Angels, as they help you plan your flight and help ensure that you have everything you need before you get on board, such as the necessary medical equipment.
Invest in travel insurance
Investing in travel insurance will ensure that you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars of your own money to pay for a hospital bill abroad.
Even if you have asked the doctor about whether or not it is safe to travel with a current illness, and you have received approval to do so, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Don’t over-do it with physical activity
Although you may want to push yourself to participate in various types of activities while in another country, no one should over-exert themselves. If you do, you will be putting yourself at risk of encountering additional health problems and worsening the illness. Even if you want to hike for long periods of time, keep in mind that too much exercise can negatively impact your health.
Traveling is a fun and inspiring activity, although you can never neglect the importance of your health while you are planning any trip. This is especially true if you or someone you know already has an illness and a predisposition towards certain health problems. Although this should not deter you from leaving on your trip, you must take the necessary and precautionary measures at all times. The whole point of your travels is to relax and have fun, not spend time in a foreign hospital.