When someone mentions the holidays, people start thinking about what they’re most thankful for, which crazy aunt’s house they will be cramming into that year for dinner, and various different travel plans. The holidays are all about being with family, whether near or far.
What most people don’t think about, or don’t want to think about, is how they are going to take the baggage of cancer along with them.
Traveling with cancer or with a loved on who has cancer can be a stressful, difficult, and even dangerous task if not done properly. Here are a few ways to get over that stress, and enjoy the holidays how they are meant to be!
Number 1 – Always consult with your medical team before taking off.
It is important to include family members and other travel companions in these discussions so they can ask questions, understand your potential needs, and feel comfortable about traveling with you.
Take the phone numbers of your health care providers in case you have to reach them while on your trip, and make sure you have a complete list of all medications you are taking, including the dosages, schedules, and the generic names (since these may be marketed under different trade names in other countries).
Get documentation. Have your doctor write a letter on official stationery explaining your condition, treatment regimen, and medications, and always keep it with you.
This will also help to explain to security at the airport why you have medications in your bag. It will be clearer to them, fewer questions for you to answer, and allow everything to run more smoothly.