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When You're Chronically Ill and Must Travel

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Many people find travelling a challenge. For the chronically ill it is like climbing Mount Everest. While you are ill.

Physically exhausting. Mentally unnerving.

Karen Bauer has compiled some air travel tips to make the confusion and flurry of travelling more manageable.

For the person who must have their medications and supplements handy to take throughout the day, Karen tells them what to be prepared for.

"The easiest solution is to have your doctor write a note stating that these are medically necessary and put the note along with all your liquid/gel meds in whatever size clear zip top bag they will fit into (more than one if necessary). Then take this bag or bags out of your carry-on and declare these to security. That way, they won’t have to take a lot of extra time inspecting your carry-on. It is best if you have all your meds in their original containers with the prescription information on them so that security can see that these indeed belong to you."

Being ill is tough enough. Karen wants to help remove some of the stress that so often goes along with travel.


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