Planning ahead for a trip

There are a few key things to remember when planning a trip: know your needs and your destination, talk to your doctor, and make sure you have health insurance.

When planning a trip, it's important to take stock of any special needs you may have. For example:

  • Do you have limited mobility or use assistive devices?
  • Do you have vision problems?
  • Is heat an issue for you? (If so, an air-conditioned room can help.)
  • Do you have a service dog?
  • Will you be traveling with a companion?
  • Do your medications need special storage (such as refrigeration) or disposal (such as sharps containers)?

Just about any trip you dream of can be possible with the proper planning - be sure to call ahead and make sure the lodging, vehicles, and destination you have chosen can accommodate your needs.

A few months before any major trip, check with your doctor about which medications you may need to bring and how to transport them, and whether you need any special immunizations or medications (such as anti-nausea medications or antibiotics). If so, get the prescriptions in advance. You may also need to get medical advice about how the trip you're planning could affect your MS symptoms and whether you need to take any special precautions.

Don't leave home without travel health insurance! Make sure the insurance will cover you for the full duration of your trip and in all locations that you are visiting. Find out if any medical letters are required so that you can get one from your doctor during your visit.

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