Travelling with equipment and medicine

Travelling with equipment

Always try to keep the equipment that you take with you on holiday to a minimum. Take only what is essential; the destination country may have places where you can hire equipment or gain access to things like mechanical services. It is impossible to be prepared for every eventuality but, in the event of serious difficulties, emergency assistance should be available locally.

If you need specialist repairs, foreign disability organisations will probably be able to help. You should be able to obtain phone numbers for these from the appropriate embassy or possibly your travel company – so it's probably an idea to find these and keep them handy just in case.

If you use electrical equipment such as a ventilator, check the voltage supply in the country you are visiting and carry a supply of spare batteries.

Travelling with medicine

A complete set of the regular medicines used by the person you care for should be stowed in each piece of luggage, so that the loss of one suitcase is not as serious as it could be. You should also ensure that you have enough to last the person who you are caring for through any possible delays.

If travelling by air, medicines should be carried in your hand luggage with additional supplies in your suitcase. Carry a doctor's note if entering countries with strict drug controls and be ready to show this to customs officers. Remember to research any potential health hazards associated with the country you are travelling to.

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