Advances in technology have made it easier for dialysis dependent patients to travel, both domestically and aboard. Your dialysis care team will be able to guide you on how to arrange and manage your holidays and dialysis regime.
Some dialysis providers may be able to ship stock directly to your holiday destination. This varies between providers and you should check with both your clinician and provider on the logistics and authorities that are required. If medication delivery to your destination is not possible, an essential thing to remember is to make sure to pack enough of your medication to last you for your entire trip, plus a few days extra just in case.
Your healthcare team will be able to tell you about the practicalities and airline guidelines for travelling with medical equipment and dialysis solution. You may also want to double-check with the airline you’re flying on. Also remember to bring any personal and medication information you’ll need – including your insurance card, your medication and allergy list, and all your treatment instructions. Making a full list of what you’ll need to take with you while you’re running through your treatment is a great way to make sure you don’t forget anything important.
You also need to either bring everything you’ll need to perform your home haemodialysis (Home HD) treatments while you’re away, or arrange to have the necessary equipment and supplies delivered at your destination in advance of your arrival.