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Travel Checklist for RA Patients

Most of us enjoy travelling on holiday. Some of us have to travel for work. Whatever the reason, travelling is still possible when you have rheumatoid arthritis. Here’s the advice that Dr. Thompson gives to his patients who are travelling:

  1. Before you leave, pop in to your rheumatologists office to make sure everything is ok. Some patients come by for a quick joint injection (if needed).
  2. Check to see you have enough medication for the trip
  3. Make sure you double check and take the right medication.
  4. Always carry your medicine on-board the aircraft, never check it with your luggage (it might get lost).
  5. If you are taking syringes, get a letter from your rheumatologist stating what the syringes and medicine is for.
  6. If your medication needs refrigerating, you can carry a cooler and ice pack. Alternatively, you can ask the flight attendant to temporarily store your medicine in an on-board refrigerator (if available).
  7. If you are flying, get up every hour to walk around. If you’re driving, stop frequently to stretch and loosen up.
  8. Get a good pair of walking/running shoes.
  9. Stay well hydrated.
  10. It is always a good idea to take travel insurance and health insurance.
  11. Above all, have a great time.