Holidays and travel (Asthma)

7) Medication – before you travel

  • Make sure that you take enough of your regular medicines to last for your whole trip. If you have regular medication delivered in a Dosette box let the GP /pharmacist know  of your plans so that arrangements can be made in advance.
  • If you have ‘rescue medication’ take that with you in case you have a flare-up.
  • If you have medication by injection for example insulin or an Epipen you must include this in your GP letter and inform cabin crew so they can safely dispose of used needles. You must be able to self inject as cabin staff will not normally do this.
  • Ask your doctor to provide a letter describing your medical condition and medication. This is useful should you become unwell abroad. If you are travelling by plane it will also be required by airport security. Helpful information to include in the letter is:
  • Your name and address
  • Your date of birth
  • Your dates of travel in and out of the country
  • The country you are visiting
  • The medicines you are taking, including the doses and the total amounts The trade names of some medicines may vary from country to country, so it helps to record the drug (generic) names of your medicines, as well as the trade (brand) names.