There are plenty of amazing destinations worth checking out in the Midwest of the US, with vast roaming plans and a generous helping of national landmarks all waiting to be explored. From the Gateway Arch in Missouri, to Navy Pier in Chicago, there are plenty of exciting things to see and do throughout the Midwest.
However, not everyone is blessed with constant good health when traveling. That doesn’t mean you’ll need to forgo a trip just because you’re suffering from a medical condition, though. Here are some top tips when it comes to taking your medical supplies on holiday with you.
- Transporting supplies
Taking supplies in your luggage isn’t always the simplest of processes, especially in today’s world. There are several ways in which items can be transported safely and without causing disruption to airline codes of practice.
When it comes to simple things like medicines and syringes, you should be allowed to carry them in your hand luggage – assuming they’re packaged correctly. For more complicated items you may be asked to provide a doctor’s note. In the case of electrical equipment, you might have to remove batteries temporarily.
- Getting permission
As previously mentioned, it would definitely be worth your time to ask for a doctor’s note when it comes to transporting any medication – even if it’s something as simple as prescribed painkillers.
In the case of more extreme medication, otherwise known as “controlled drugs”, there are far more stringent rule which apply. You will need to apply for a personal license in order to be granted the right to transport these kinds of items.
These medicines need to stay in their original packaging at all times, but can also be carried in your hand luggage.
- Plan ahead
The key to any successful trip, Midwestern or elsewhere, comes in the planning process. That’s no different just because a medical condition has been factored into the equation. One trick for doing this successfully is to make a detailed list of every supply you’ll need.
Another smart plan when traveling with a disability or medical condition is to get in contact with the airline you’re electing to fly with and make sure they’ll be able to accommodate your needs.
This could be anything as simple as ensuring you’ll be able to get on the plan with crutches, to more complex matters like trying to transport a mobility scooter.
- Take health information with you
Carrying details of your exact medical requirements is only ever going to be beneficial. All it takes is something as simple as a note from your GP, or even a bracelet or necklace with your condition and allergies, and your chances of survival in a sudden emergency are heightened.
While it might not strike you as a medical supply in and of itself (providing no immediate health benefits), condition information speeds up the process when disaster does strike.
When you’re off on your next vacation to the Midwest, make sure to take these medical supply tips into account. They could make all the difference between life and death in the future, as well as having a relaxed or stressful trip.
Happy and safe travels!