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How To Prepare For Travel After A Diagnosis

Practical Matters To Consider When You Travel

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Make Copies Of Important Documents

Before you travel, make at least two copies of each of the following. Pack one set of copies in a place other than where you store the originals. Give one set to a person you can contact who can forward the copies to you if needed. (NOTE: You can scan the items and send them to a friend or yourself via e mail - and then retrieve them via e mail as well).

  • Medical insurance information.
  • List of medicines. (It is also advisable to travel with copies of prescriptions if the medicines you carrry contain narcotics or are generally subject to abuse).
  • Brief medical history, including contact information for your specialists and primary care doctor.
  • Credit and debit cards.
  • Proof of travel insurance. (For information about travel insurance, see: Travel Insurance Post Diagnosis).
  • Itinerary if you are making several stops.
  • Driver's license.
  • Passport if you travel outside of the U.S.

Make Your Home Appear As If It Is Still Inhabitated

If your home will be empty while you're gone, take the following steps:

  • Cancel newspapers or have someone collect them for you so they don't sit in front of your residence.
  • Have the mail held for you. Contact your postal carrier to learn how or check at offsite link
  • Set at least one light to turn on at night, and off during the daytime.

Take An Inflatable Pillow

Many airlines no longer supply pillows. If they do, they can spread disease because they are freshened at most once a day. Bring your own inflatable pillow.

Make Plans To Exercise

When you make your hotel reservation, find out if the hotel has a gym. If not, can they arrange for a day pass at a nearby gym or club?

If you are taking a lap top, take a DVD of your favorite exercise program.

Alternatively, take stretch rubber bands.  For more information, see the document in "To Learn More."

Credit Card Savvy

  • Take a credit card that does not charge a currency conversion fee. Most credit cards charge a fee for purchases made in foreign currency. The charge is up to 3% of the purchase. Look for a credit card with no fee, or at least a minimal one. For example, Capital One does not charge a fee or pass along a fee.
  • Alter credit card issuers about an upcomg trip so that activity doesn't trigger an alert or a temporary shut down.

Learn How To Protect Your Wallet

  • Men should carry their wallet in a pocket in the front of their pants, preferably with a rubber band around it which makes it harder to remove from the pocket.
  • Women should carry a purse that zips closed with a flap that folds over. The flap should face your body.

Speed A Return Home From Out Of The Country

Preapproved travelers can pass through U.S. Customs by swiping their passports at a kiosk, posing for a photo, scanning their fingerprints and answering some basic questions on a touch screen. To learn more about the program, including cost and participating airports, see: offsite link, then click on "Travel".

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