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Travel tips

Coping with cancer

This page has tips to help you plan a safe and pleasant journey.

Some things to consider

  • Plan ahead
  • Check with your doctor that you are fit to travel
  • Get travel insurance - take your policy with you
  • Get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if you are travelling in Europe
  • Take your passport and any other proof of identity that you need
  • Sort out any necessary equipment, such as oxygen
  • Sort out travel needs - for example, help getting on and off trains, or early boarding on flights
  • Check any restrictions on the drugs you can take in or out of the country you are visiting
  • Make sure you have enough of your medicines to last the holiday, plus a few days extra
  • If you are taking strong painkillers, check whether you need a licence to take them abroad
  • Carry your medicines in your hand luggage
  • Get a doctor’s letter with details of your cancer, your treatment, and a list of your medicines
  • Protect yourself from the sun
  • Take insect repellent and a basic first aid kit

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Updated: 8 July 2014