Are you planning a gap year? Going for a trip of a self-discovery? Crazy weekend in Magaluf? Eat, pray, love? Or just a classic holiday with your family? Check those top 10 tips on travelling with AS.
Take care of your biologic drugs.
Keep it at the correct temperature during the journey and at your destination. You can buy special cooling bags, FRIO wallets and even travel fridges designed for this purpose. Make your you carry it in your hand luggage and bring along a copy of your prescription to show at Security if needed.
Ask for assistance.
Inform your travel agent, airlines and hotel about any necessary adjustments and help you may need during your journey. Even if you don’t feel like you need assistance, it can be so much easier to have someone carrying your bags around. In case of some major mess up with services, reserve extra time for procedures like going through the security check at the airport.
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Check your drugs.
Make sure you have enough of your medications together with a doctor’s note or prescription copies in case someone ask you about them. Try to keep it with you at all times rather than in a luggage that can get stolen or lost. When traveling abroad, check the legal status of your medications, especially codeine. The last thing you need is to end up in prison.
Get yourself the EHIC card.
European Health Insurance Card gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland. It’s a pretty good backup plan for those travelling in Europe.
Watch what you eat and wash your hands.
Biologic therapy can lower your immune system response levels. This can make you more prone to food poisonings and infections. It might be a good idea to stay away from ‘authentic’ food markets and keep alcohol sanitizer with you at all times.
Get travel insurance.
This one is pretty obvious. Keep in mind accidents and medical emergencies can happen and you want to be covered.
If you are on anti TNF therapy be careful about which vaccinations you have, as live vaccines are not recommended for people on biologic therapy.
Pick a right place to go.
Judge your capabilities and what you really want from your trip. It might be a good idea to ‘take’ your AS for a holiday as well. Think what will help your AS when you’re away. A visit to spa? Access to a pool? Warm weather? It’s your time to enjoy yourself so don’t forget to do that! If you planned everything ahead you should be able to just relax and have a great time.