CF Navigator Resources

Traveling Smart With Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

Traveling can be a great way to relax, but there are also times when you may be traveling for work or to a medical appointment. Before you head out, consider using the checklist below.

Your CF travel checklist

Planning ahead

  • Talk to your CF Center care team to make sure you’re ready to go

  • Identify CF Centers in the area you’re visiting, and if you’re driving far, plan your route so you know where they are along the way

  • Have a doctor’s note on hand for airport check-in, security, the flight itself, and customs

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can help you coordinate the security screening process in advance. Try to call the 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

Prepping your medicines

  • Schedule refills, if needed

  • Make sure medicines are labeled

  • Look into ways to store any refrigerated medicines. This could mean calling the hotel to make sure a refrigerator is in the room. You may also need to consider keeping a cooler in the car during a long ride

  • Consider getting a travel cart so any heavy or bulky supplies are in one place and easier to transport

Packing for your trip

  • Pack an extra supply of medicine. A week’s worth is a good idea in case you get delayed or decide to extend your trip

  • Pack a separate bag for medical supplies so they’re easy to find

  • Grab some extra high-calorie and high-fat snacks that are travel-safe. Need some inspiration? Try our collection of delicious recipes and on-the-go snack tips in the CF Kitchen

Summers are all about long days relaxing in the sun. But when you’re thinking about ice cream and sunscreen, it can be hard to stay on top of your treatment routine.

  • To help make it a little easier, consider setting phone reminders for the same time each day

Battle germs while you’re out and about

Here are a few tips to help control those microscopic critters.

wash your hands

Wash your hands

Clean hands can help keep you healthy. But are you washing them the right way? Make sure to lather up and scrub for at least 20 seconds. That includes in between your fingers and under your fingernails.

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Avoid high-flying germs

Wearing a mask and wiping down your seat tray with disinfectant wipes can go a long way at 30,000 feet. You can even open the vent above your seat to keep air moving around you.


Think before you drink

Choose a drink with an unbroken seal if you’re unsure about the cleanliness of what’s available from the tap or soda fountain. And remember, sports drinks are a great source of electrolytes.