Traveling with Asthma: Part II

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Packing Suitcase for TravelTraveling with Asthma—Part I explained how to pack and prepare for trips out of town if you have asthma. Now that you’ve done a little homework on how to get ready for your trip, check your packing list against this one to make sure you have everything you need. Need some suggestions for lightweight, small products that are great for traveling? I’ve also included some recommendations as part of this list.

*Packing List

  • Inhaler
  • Spacer—The Vortex valved holding chamber and mask delivers medicine quickly and efficiently, and is great for travel because of its lightweight design.
  • Peak Flow Meter—The TruZone PFM is also lightweight and the slim design makes it easy to pack.
  • Nebulizer—pack a portable nebulizer that’s battery charged or can be plugged into the cigarrette lighter in your car. If you’re traveling abroad and using a chargeable nebulizer, make sure you have an adapter. If you’re flying, check that the airline permits the use of a nebulizer while in the air. The PARI Trek S and OMRON nebulizers are great for traveling; both are lightweight and portable.
  • Health insurance cards and information
  • Asthma diaryclick here to find out more about what type of information to include in your asthma diary. The diary is useful in monitoring asthma triggers and medications, so you can recognize oncoming asthma attacks.
  • Hypoallergenic bedding—if you’re allergic to dust mites, consider bringing your own pillow and sheets if you have space in your bag.

*Note: You may not need all of these items, but this is a comprehensive list for your reference.

Remember to keep all medication handy. If you’re driving, don’t leave the medicine in a hard-to-reach corner of the trunk; if you’re flying, pack medicine in your carry-on luggage. With your careful planning, you’re on your way to a fun and healthy vacation!

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