Preparing for the trip :
- Consult your doctor before leaving. Get a written treatment and emergency plan made for yourself.
- Have a proper medical check-up done before the trip.
- Pack light.
- Carry an I-card that indicates that you have asthma. The card should contain your name, address, phone no., e-mail, doctor’s name and phone no., type and dose of medicines you use.
Mode of travel :
- When traveling by plane keep your medicine, inhaler/Nebuliser and other reliever medicines handy.
- Get a seat booked away from the smoking zone.
- Check with the authorities if they have a supply or can make arrangement for oxygen cylinders on board.
- If traveling by car have a driver to drive your car in order to avoid any unnecessary exertion.
Medicine supply :
- Keep an adequate supply of asthma and reliever medicines with you.
- Always carry your prescription slip with you.
- Carry medicines for diarrhea, vomiting, traveling sickness, fever etc. as advised by your doctor.
Where to find medical help :
- Find out the nearest medical help in the area you are going to.
- Ask your hotel staff for the nearest hospital, or telephone no. of the ambulance or a specialist available in the area.
Avoid triggers :
- If you are going overseas remember that season might be different, so take necessary precautions.
- Avoid going to any place in the pollen season and if you have to go take extra care.
- Make sure that the place where you stay is free from house mites. Get the place thoroughly cleaned before you arrive and ask for synthetic pillows.
Check that your hotel does not allow pets as their dander can make problems worse.
- Whenever eating out always request for a non-smoking zone.
If going on a camp keep yourself protected from camp fire smoke, cold air etc.
- Avoid vigorous activities like mountaineering, skiing etc.
|Asthma Traveling Kit|
|Prescribed Asthma medication||Prescription slip|
|Peak flow meter||Nebuliser/inhaler|
|Any other medication (for diarrhea, vomiting, fever, traveling sickness etc.) as per doctors advise|