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Travel Well With a Chronic Condition

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Your chronic condition doesn’t have to get in the way of your well-deserved vacation. Before you go, use this checklist to create a smart travel plan for a safe and enjoyable trip.

Involve your health care providers:

  • Meet with your doctor at least four to six weeks before traveling.
  • Get written instructions for how to handle problems while away.
  • If you’re crossing time zones, ask your provider how to take your medicines on schedule.
  • Discuss your specific travel concerns. Take notes or ask a loved one to do it.

Plan ahead:

  • When scheduling travel, consider what times of day you usually feel best and when you need to take medicine.
  • If you’ll be flying, call the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at least 72 hours before your flight to learn more about accommodations that might be available. The TSA can give you special help at security screening checkpoints. You also may be able to request an airport wheelchair and an attendant to get you to your gate for free.
  • Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. The CDC strongly recommends everyone wear a mask on public transportation and at transportation hubs, including on airplanes and in airports.

Avoid medicine mishaps:

  • Pack your medicines in your carry-on luggage in their original containers.
  • Bring extra prescriptions in case of emergency or in case medicines get lost.

Pack wisely:

  • Carry your health care providers’ contact information, a list of medicines, and a brief medical history with you at all times. Give a copy to someone traveling with you.
  • Bring a copy of your health insurance’s out-of-area care policy.

If you need oxygen:

  • Get the specific prescription for your oxygen requirements in writing.
  • Make a plan for getting oxygen at your destination.
  • Arrange supplemental oxygen in advance with your airline. Ask about costs, paperwork and layovers.

Prepare for an emergency:

  • Wear a medical alert bracelet.
  • Locate the hospital closest to where you’re staying. [LINK TO GUIDE]
  • Know the local emergency services telephone number. [LINK TO GUIDE]

We want every Guest to have an experience that’s convenient, fun and unforgettable. If you have questions or concerns while you’re visiting Walt Disney World® Resort, please give us a call at Call855-303-DOCS.

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