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Travelling with a chest condition

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With proper preparation you should still be able to travel and enjoy going on holiday.

Make sure your vaccinations are up to date and speak to your doctor in advance about taking emergency medication such as antibiotics with you in case you have a flare up or get a chest infection.

Going on holiday in the UK does not usually present too many issues for anyone who has a long-term chest condition. If you use oxygen, it is relatively easy to arrange for oxygen equipment to be delivered to any part of the UK.

However travelling abroad can present some additional issues to consider, particularly if you are flying. And if you use oxygen, you will also need to plan ahead to ensure it’s there when you need it. If you are planning to go abroad, you should also think about factors such as the climate and temperature and whether they may make your breathing difficulties worse. Try to plan in advance especially if you might need any special service such as wheelchair access, help with transport or particular equipment.

It is important to make sure you have adequate insurance cover. Different insurance companies have different policies for people living with chest conditions so make sure you get the best deal for you.

For more information on going on holiday and flying with a long-term chest illness, see the CHSS factsheets Air Travel, Holiday information (PDF) and Travel and Motor Insurance (PDF).