Traveling With CF
These are the times that require some extra planning and prep. Here are some ways to keep up with your treatment regimen when you’re on the go:
- Bring extra: Consider packing an additional week’s worth of medicines in case you get delayed. Also, arrange to get refills ahead of time
- Pack snacks: Make sure to have plenty of healthy high-calorie and high-fat snacks on hand
- Chill your meds: If your cystic fibrosis (CF) medicine has to be refrigerated, call your airline in advance to see if they can keep it in a refrigerator during your flight
- Check it out before you check in: Find out in advance if your hotel room has a refrigerator to store medicines. Also consider mapping out where the closest CF clinic or hospital is
- Secure your security ahead of time: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can help you coordinate the security screening process in advance. Try to call TSA at least 72 hours before your flight
Their toll-free help line is 1-855-787-2227, or you can visit the TSA online at www.tsa.gov.
- Keep a doctor's note close by: When carrying medicines and medical supplies, you never know when airline employees or TSA officials will ask to see a doctor's note
- Keep everything together: Consider storing your everyday medicines in one accessible spot
- List out all your meds: Keep track of it all with an up-to-date list. There are tons of apps available for you to download. Search the app store to find one that works for you
- Get a cart: It holds your compressor, vest, and hose in one place. If it’s portable, you can take your cart wherever you like to get your regimen done.
Try to set treatment reminders ahead of time to make sure you maintain your child’s routine while traveling.