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Planning Ahead for Family Travel

Traveling can be a great way to share extra family time. But traveling with a child with cystic fibrosis (CF) requires some extra planning and prep.

Traveling smart with CF

Use this checklist for Traveling Smart With CF. And try these tips to get ready before you go:  

Set treatment reminders. Plan ahead of time to make sure you maintain your child’s routine while traveling. Consider bringing a planner or setting alarms on your phone.

Take a doctor’s note. Keep a note with your child’s medicines for security screenings and at customs checkpoints if you’ll be flying or traveling internationally. The note should: 

  • Include basic medical information including name, date of birth, any allergies, and healthcare provider contact information
  • List all medicines and other supplies your child needs to manage CF
  • Explain the use of treatments and supplies, including pills, inhalers, or syringes for injections of certain medicines

Bring extras. Consider packing an additional week’s worth of medicines in case you get delayed. Also, arrange with your doctor and pharmacy to get refills ahead of time if you need them.


Pack like a pro

You’re probably already a pro at packing for your child, but here are some tips to keep in mind before you go:

  • Pack your child’s medical supplies in a bag that’s easy to carry. (You may end up carrying it around!)
  • Make sure to have plenty of high-calorie and high-fat snacks on hand during your trip, such as cheese and crackers, trail mix with nuts, or granola with whole-milk yogurt