We’re Here to Help, No Matter How or Where You Travel

When we talk about your treatment journey, it’s not just a figure of speech. We understand that when our patients travel, it requires special planning and care. Whether you’re traveling by ground or air, we’re here to help you prepare for a smooth and stress-free journey.

Traveling by Ground

  1. Plan Ahead:
    • Ensure you have enough supplies to last the duration of your trip, plus a few extra days in case of delays.
    • Always know how to get in touch with your doctor, pharmacy, and home health care specialist just in case you need to call them for special assistance.
    • Make arrangements for refrigeration at your destination for storing your medication if needed. If you are staying in a hotel, call ahead to ensure there is a refrigerator in your room.
  2. Packing Your Supplies:
    • Use a sturdy, insulated bag or cooler to transport your medication, keeping them at the recommended temperature.
    • Pack your infusion pump, batteries, IV poles, dressings, and all necessary accessories.
    • Include a Sharps container for safe disposal of needles and other sharp objects.
  3. Comfort and Safety:
    • Plan for frequent stops to check your infusion site and equipment.
    • Make sure your infusion site is clean before starting your journey.
    • Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet to support your overall health while traveling.
  4. Emergency Preparedness:
    • Carry a copy of your medical records and emergency contact information.
    • Know locations of hospitals and/or medical facilities along your route.
    • Keep a backup power source for your infusion pump (if needed).

Traveling by Air

  1. Pre-Flight Preparation:
    • Contact the airline at least 72 hours in advance to find out if your medical supplies are allowed through security checkpoints.
    • Obtain a letter from your physician detailing your condition, medications, and any special needs during the flight.
    • Put everything in zippered plastic bags so that it will be easier to pull them out at security checkpoints.
    • Consider applying for the TSA Pre Check® option if you travel regularly. This will allow you to surpass removing shoes, hats, jackets, and liquids from your luggage during the screening process.
    • The TSA Cares Hotline can provide additional assistance at 1-855-787-2227.
  2. Packing and Security:
    • Pack your medications and supplies in your carry-on bag to avoid the risk of lost luggage.
    • Carry extra supplies in case of flight delays.
    • Use insulated bags or coolers with ice packs to keep medication cool (if needed).
  3. At the Airport:
    • Arrive early to allow extra time for security checks.
    • Inform the TSA agents about your medical condition and the need to carry your medication and supplies.
    • Be prepared to explain and show documentation if requested.
  4. In-Flight Care:
    • Choose a seat with easy access to the aisle for frequent bathroom trips and movement.
    • Monitor your infusion site and equipment regularly during the flight.
    • Stay hydrated and adjust your infusion schedule as needed based on the duration of your flight.