Before you go
- Check that your travel insurance will cover any problems that arise.
- When packing, carry your medication in your hand luggage, or better still, carry a supply in two different places.
- If you are on insulin you will need to get a letter from your GP or the hospital to enable you to carry it in your hand luggage
- It is advisable to always carry a full list of your current medication with you.
- Bear in mind, there may be delays, carry extra medication and currency in case of emergency.
- Pack a small first aid kit you can make your own or purchase ready-made kits.
- Don’t take brand new shoes on holiday as they may rub.
- When flying, allow plenty of time at the airport.
- Don’t carry heavy luggage: use a trolley.
- Consider asking for a wheelchair if your feet are at risk.
- Beware of trolleys pushed by other passengers in a hurry.
- Wear shoes with adjustable fastenings to accommodate swelling.
- Ask for an aisle seat and exercise/walk up and down to prevent swelling.
- Do not get dehydrated – keep sipping water.
- On a car or coach journey, have frequent stops to stretch your legs.
- Use sun block or very high factor sunscreen- and keep in the shade. Remember your feet can burn too!
- Hot sand, shells, broken glass and debris can cause serious injuries. Wear closed style beach shoes on the beach or poolside and in the sea. Don’t go barefoot.
- Your feet may be swollen after travelling or in hot climates, be aware of pressure from footwear.