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Travel tips for the holidays

Travel safe this holiday season!

The holiday travel season is almost upon us! Whether you’re taking planes, trains or automobiles, keep these helpful tips in mind if you’re heading out of town in the coming weeks:

1) Know what essential items to pack. Make lists before you start filling those suitcases! You won’t want to be caught in-transit without disinfectant wipes to de-germ your surroundings, hand sanitizer, or healthy snacks. Make sure to stock up on any daily medications, too, and take a large enough supply for the full duration of your trip.

Pack enough medication to last your full trip.

2) Keep on top of your med schedule. If you’re traveling out of town to a different time-zone, consult with your doctor or nephrologist about how to adjust your medicine routine accordingly. Set reminders or alarms for yourself to make sure you keep up with your medical needs during busy holiday prep!

3) Make room for downtime in your holiday schedule. Whether your holiday plans include plenty of baking and cooking, festive outings, or loads of time with family and friends, make sure you take time to relax and recharge. Rest is an important part of staying healthy and is especially important when you travel!

Be prepared in case of emergencies and find the location of your nearest hospital.

4) Research emergency services near your destination. It can never hurt to be prepared. Look up the locations of the closest emergency room, transplant hospital, or dialysis center close to where you’re staying in the event of any medical mishaps. Having this information ahead of time can help you feel more in control of stressful situations away from home.

At the beginning of the month, we also asked our PKD community for their best travel tips for the holiday season. Take note from fellow patients and caregivers:

“Eat right before you go to the airport. Use tools like Yelp to bookmark restaurants that have healthier options at your destination in advance. If there are none, consider staying at an extended stay hotel with a kitchen (or do an Airbnb) and bookmark the location of grocery stores.”

It’s important to stay hydrated while you travel!

“Empty your water bottle and take it through security, but fill it right up as soon as you’re on the other side. Also, you can ask air hostesses for water before takeoff. Just ask!”

“Make sure your health insurance covers out-of-area dialysis.”

“Make sure you don’t over-do and get plenty of rest.”

Are you traveling for the holidays this year? Share your best tips in the comments below!

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