Traveling by plane with medicines or medical equipment

Traveling with special health needs can be a real headache. Regulations differ from one company to another with regard to equipment and authorized quantities. Here are some tips if you need to take your medications and medical equipment on the plane.

How to transport medicines?

The first reflex to take is to contact the airline before your flight if youYour medicine is liquid and you need more than 100 ml during the flight.

Transporting medicines in hand luggage

Traveling with your medications in hand luggage: nothing simpler or guaranteed to cause a headache? Here are some basic rules that will make your life easier!

  • The 100 ml rule : yes, it also applies to liquid medicines! But good news, with a recipe to your name you can go over that limit, so keep it handy.
  • Solid medicines : for tablets, capsules and other tablets, it is usually simpler. But to avoid any risk, keep them in the original packaging with instructions.
  • A small transparent bag : To make checking easier, place your liquid medications in a clear plastic bag. It’s more convenient for everyone and speeds the transition to security.
  • To anticipate : If you have special or unusual medications, check with the airline, there is a good chance you will have to present a prescription. Prevention is better than the cure!

Transporting medicines in checked baggage

Do you prefer to carry your medications in checked luggage? Here are some tips to make sure everything goes smoothly!

  • Double packaging : in the hold, suitcases tend to receive many more or less violent shocks. To prevent your medicines from ending up in pieces, remember to pack them carefully, why not in a rigid box.
  • Add labels : Place a clear label on your medications: “MEDICATIONS – DO NOT DISCARD” if your luggage is checked in.
  • Isolation : The basement can be cold, very cold. If your medications require heat, consider wrapping them in an insulating layer. A sweater for your pills, why not?
  • Copy of prescription : Even if your medicines are stored, keep a copy of the prescription with you. You never know your suitcase will get lost on the way…

How to transport medical equipment?

The first reflex to take is to contact the airline before your flight if youYou plan to carry medical equipment beyond the permitted carry-on baggage limit: nebulizers, oxygen respirators, dialysis machines, etc.

The transport of this material requires the establishment of forms. If in doubt, always call the airline. It is also advisable to find out before booking your flight ticketto know the time required to prepare these documents.

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Traveling with a breathing apparatus on an airplane

Do you need a daily breathing apparatus? Here are some precautions to take when traveling with him by plane.

  • Fill out forms : You can contact the airline to obtain these forms.
  • Official presentations : Before your big departure, present your device to the airline. A quick phone call to let you know and that’s it, you’ll avoid surprises when boarding.
  • Full battery : Make sure your device is properly charged and don’t forget backup batteries.
  • Reserve a special seat : Most companies allow you to keep the device at your feet or under the seat in front of you. Remember to reserve a seat with legroom!
  • Documents in hand : Always keep a copy of your recipe and the appliance manual. It’s a bit like your passport and your travel diary!

Traveling with crutches or a wheelchair

Do you need assistance walking? Here are some things you should know to travel safely with crutches or a wheelchair.

  • Red carpet at the airport : Good news, most airports offer an assistance service to make your life easier. Maybe you’ll even get a ride in an electric cart.
  • Foldable and storage : If you have crutches, they can usually be stored on board. As for the wheelchair, it will be taken care of and you will find it at the exit.
  • Priority on board : With your equipment, you will often have priority boarding.
  • Moving to Safety : At security, they’ll probably want to take a closer look at your chair or crutches. Don’t panic, just check that nothing is hidden in your equipment.
  • Reserve a special seat : If you are on crutches, ask for a seat with more legroom. If you are in a wheelchair, make sure you have everything you need within reach.

Some tips for traveling with medication

  • Only take what you need for the flight in your hand luggage. Put the rest in the basement. If there is no limit imposed on tablets and capsules, you will avoid many doubts.
  • Airlines cannot refrigerate medications during the flight, so bring a cooler bag if you need to keep medications cold.
  • Liquids are limited to 100 ml. In addition to authorization from the company, don’t forget to take your doctor’s prescription.
  • If you are traveling with specific medical equipment, the company may request a note from your doctor authorizing you to board the plane. The equipment is only allowed in the cabin if it is permanently needed, otherwise it will be placed in the hold free of charge.
  • Electricity is rarely available on board. Make sure your equipment has a battery and is sufficiently charged for the entire trip. The equipment cannot be used during takeoff and landing.

It’s not easy to to know exactly the rules for traveling with medication or equipment medical, especially since the rules vary from one airline to another! To find out more, do not hesitate to consult our article especially dedicated to hand luggage !

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