Packing lists for travel with chronic illness
GOING ABROAD PACKING LIST

Toiletries:

Sun cream face

Sun cream body 

Shampoo

Conditioner

Hairbrush

Hair ties

Cleanser

Moisturiser 

Serum

Deodorant 

Lip balm

Perfume (decanted to mini travel bottle)

Body moisturiser 

Mosquito repellent 

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Floss

Mouthwash

Makeup bag

Razor 

Epilator 

Tweezers, nail scissors & clippers

Clothing:

(Suitable for a hot country for ~18 months travel)

4 x playsuits 

3 x jumpsuits 

4 x vests 

2 x shorts 

1 x trouser

1 x long sleeved top

1 x jumper 

1 x birkenstocks

1 x trainers with orthotics

6 x bikinis, 1 swimsuit 

1 x bra 

10 x underwear

4 x socks



 

Medications:

Contraceptive pill

Antihistamines

Paracetamol (or any other pain relief meds)

Sumatriptan 

Travel sickness meds

Imodium

Rehydration sachets

Cold/flu pills 

Ibuprofen gel

Tiger balm

Hydrocortisone cream

Nasal allergy spray 

Feminine sanitary products

Asthma inhaler

After bite gel

Anthisan bite cream

Aloe vera gel & / after sun

Mini first aid kit: containing sterile needles & syringes 

(I went for ‘Lifesystems’)

Plasters & bandages

Antiseptic cream

Snacks:

To last the majority of the trip

Cereal/protein bars 

Bags of nuts/seeds/crisps etc

Supplements:

Multivitamin

Vitamin D

Probiotics

Beta TCP 

Digestive enzymes

Serrapeptase

Toxaprevent

Collagen sachets


 

Misc:

Sunglasses & case

Earplugs

Silk sleeping mask

Earphones 

Padlocks for suitcases/hostel lockers

Microfibre quick dry beach towels 

Travel adaptor plugs

Device charging cables

Hot water bottle / ice pack (Yuyu Bottle)

Electric mini handheld fan

Allergy cards

Assistance cards

Doctors letter

 

Aids/supports:

Compression socks

Kinaesthetic tape

Supports for specific joints

Sleeping/head pillow

Coccyx cushion

Foldable coccyx cushion 

Blow up beach pillow

Travel neck pillow

Foldable walking stick/wheelchair

Some companies that provide insurance 

for people with pre-existing conditions:

Avanti

All Clear Travel (COVID cover)

Stay Sure (COVID cover)

Boots UK

Good to Go

Insure and Go

Admiral

Free Spirit

Insurance With

Direct Travel

Just Travel Cover

Freedom 

Worldwide Insure 

Bupa Global

Before you leave checklist:

- All items packed (based on above lists)

- Research the weather & climate

- Vaccinations at least 4 weeks in advance (if necessary)

- Ensure all medical appointments have been attended

- Signed off by medical practitioner to travel

- Comprehensive travel insurance for pre-existing conditions

Suitcase:

I have the 80L Osprey Sojourn wheelie rucksack. It’s a travelling backpack but you can zip away the straps - and I’ve never actually used them but they’re there in case of a situation they’re needed. It’s got a hard back for the wheels but is squashable a bit like a duffle bag. I can fit all my clothes in packing cubes (plus my boyfriend's clothes in his packing cubes) and then my sleeping pillow squeezes perfectly on top!

Now I can’t/shouldn’t physically lift it and I’m so fortunate that my partner does this whenever it comes to it (or I kindly ask someone nearby to lift it). When my shoulders aren’t playing up and the surface is smooth I can wheel it behind me 

We have two of these bags as the other bag is filled with all my toiletries, pills and supplements!

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FLIGHT PACKING LIST

Neck pillow

Bum pillow 

Tiger balms

Ibuprofen gel

Paracetamols

Sumatriptan (migraine specific pills) 

Antihistamines

All other medicines you usually take

Moisturiser & lip balm 

Travel toothbrush and toothpaste

Eye mask for sleeping 

Silicone earplugs for sleeping

Lots of layers in case it gets super cold from the AC 

Hot water bottle (ask the cabin crew and they’ll fill this for you - if you’re cold or achey)

Flight compression socks 

A water bottle you can refill

Snacks 

Some earphones that you like with a jack to go into the entertainment TV (often the ones they provide me give me a headache!)

Download a long playlist of calming sleep music

Wheelchair assistance in each country 

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STAYCATION PACKING LIST
Watch this video with all the information on what to pack and key things to consider for a staycation trip with friends or family when you have a chronic illness and anxiety!