Flying abroad 1
Hi again and welcome to my third and final in the series of travel hints, tips and difficulties when travelling abroad. I've chopped it into 3 posts because it is a lot to read in one lump, but hopefully in large enough posts to make sense!
I’m not the type of blogger who looks on the Internet or reads books and magazines to decide on what to write about.
The only caveat to this is research on the Internet or in books to understand better a technical or medical element of something I have little or no experienced with personally. It’s done, then, just to make something clearer to readers of my blog (you:-)
So, I’m going to concentrate on a ‘fly to’ type holiday and not on a cruise on a long driving around holiday. I am sure that there will be enough information around to help if you are thinking of going cruising or driving around plus the information in my previous 'getting away' entries can be used and adapted.. The only advice I will give you is if you’re thinking of these other types of a holiday is if you are a full-time wheelchair user with MS fatigue problems that skiing or scuba and deep sea diving need a lot of consideration and thought before you definitely decide against them (Petit bijoux jokette there).
OK let’s get down to it.
BAGGAGE WEIGHT SAVING ADVICE]
Firstly and an important consideration is how will you get your medication into the tiny cabin bag allowance. Until recently I was travelling to Lanzarote and staying there for 90 days at a time. With the amount of medication I take daily, multiply this by 90 and that is a whole lot of drugs and equipment! So, what to do? I contacted my wonderful but now defunct airline (Monarch) and asked them what I could do. The advice that they gave me is accepted by most carriers. So, go to your GP and ask them for a letter explaining that you use a lot of medication daily and require extra hand baggage to carry it. Work out a generous guestimate of the weight required for it for your holiday and then add 1 or 2Kg on to in case you go on a longer holiday in the future and ask him/her to include this weight in the letter. Photocopy it and keep the original safe for later use.
When you decide who you are going on holiday with and who you are flying with, explain to the tour operators that you need extra cabin baggage for your medication and if it’s a face to face booking give them a copy of the GP’s letter backing up your requirement. Unfortunately, some operators don’t use their own aircraft and subcontract it out to others such as Easyjet, Ryan Air etc. If so, make sure that you contact the airline separately and give them the same information. Make sure you either fax or scan a copy of your GP’s letter and send it to them as well. If you get an account with the airline with a user name and password, some will put this information onto your account which saves you repeating this time-consuming part of preparing for your travels.
NB. You MUST take the original prescription for any medication you take and they will probably ask you about the need for any equipment or you have with you. Don't be embarrassed, answer the questions because the security person will have forgotten about you 10 seconds after you have left.