Ensure that you take all your medication (including for an extra week) plus a suitable stand-by course of oral antibiotics.
Remember to keep some medication in hand luggage in case of delays in airports. rhDNase will need to be carried in a cool bag.
Don’t forget that you will need to use sunblock is needed if taking ciprofloxacin, doxycycline or voriconazole (and for 4 weeks after course has finished).
In Europe (except for Cyprus, Gibraltar & Malta), the voltage for the nebuliser is the same as the UK (220v) and a standard travel plug adapter is all that is needed.
If travelling to USA, South America, Caribbean, Cyprus, Gibraltar & Malta, you will need a 110v nebuliser e.g. Port-a-Neb. A plug adapter is not enough.
Discuss this with your Physiotherapy Department well in advance of the holiday and they may be able to lend you one. Alternatively they are hireable in the USA from medical equipment companies.
It is advisable to take a copy of your latest clinic letter with you to help explain why you are carrying medication and if you end up in an emergency situation.
If you don’t have a copy of the latest letter then contact your Consultant’s secretary and they can arrange one for you.
It is important that your consultant is happy that you are well enough to travel.
Fitness to Fly
A fitness to fly test may be suggested for patients with:
- History of needing oxygen during chest infections.
- Resting oxygen saturation < 94%.
- Spirometry FEV1 < 50% predicted.
- If on home oxygen, it will definitely be needed on the airplane, but a test can be used to determine flow rate necessary on the plane. Your consultant can arrange this test if required