Travelling with Specific Needs

Plan Ahead

Visit your GP or specialist nurse as soon as you can to get repeat prescriptions — get enough for the trip and a bit extra. To make it easier when you go through customs, get your GP to write a letter if you need to carry equipment or needles with you.

Malaria and Vaccinations

Disabilities do not stop you taking malaria medication or having vaccinations if they are recommended for your destination, unless you have contra-indications to them. Sort these out with your Travel Health Specialist as soon as possible.

Transport Needs

Plan ahead – inform the airline or travel operators of your needs. They are used to providing special chairs, seats or meals, so do not feel you are ‘putting them out’ – it is their job to help you and make your trip as safe and comfortable as possible.

Choose your method of transport with care, and when flying, go with the most direct route so that you are not left trying to change flights at numerous locations around the world. Discuss with the airline if you will need any assistance.

Look into international organisations that can help with your particular needs. A search of the Internet can bring up all kinds of organisations — there is even an organisation dedicated to providing a dialysis network in certain countries. Choose good insurance with a company that is aware of your condition. If you are travelling with a companion, make sure they are aware of their role in helping you prior to leaving.

If you have a hearing disability, inform the flight attendant so that alternative safety instructions can be given to you.

Returning Home

When you return home, see your GP for a medical check up, especially if you have been ill while away.


Note: This information is designed to complement and not replace the relationship that exists with your existing family doctor or travel health professional.  Please discuss your travel health requirements with your regular family doctor or practice nurse.