Planning a trip or thinking about the possibility of getting away once treatment ends? Whether you’re looking to stay close to home or venture further afield, we asked members of the War On Cancer community to share their advice for travel having experienced cancer. Here’s what they had to say:
- Stay hydrated! – Even if your chosen destination isn’t a particularly warm one, keeping yourself well hydrated will help you avoid feeling unwell.
- Know your limits – It’s ok if you can’t (or simply don’t want to) do as much as you did before your cancer diagnosis. If you’re out and about and need to rest, rest! If you’re hungry, stop to eat and if the activities are becoming a little too much, know that it’s ok to say no. It’s your vacation, there’s no need to push yourself past your limits.
- Double check your insurance – the cover you’re being given can change depending on providers. Make sure you’re up to speed with what your insurance will and will not cover should you need medical attention whilst away.
- Sun protection! Sun protection! Sun protection! – Not just wise advice for those impacted by cancer, but for us all. You may find yourself even more sensitive to UV following treatment so make sure to pack plenty of high SPF (preferably 50+) and keep yourself topped up throughout the day. You should also avoid the midday sun and stick to shadier areas when you can.
- Pack your backups – think spare underwear, spare meds, spare toiletries, spare everything! One community member wisely advised that you should pack like you’re planning on having multiple accidents, as that way you know you’ll be prepared!
- Talk to your doctor – if you’re worried, speak to your doctor about your travel plans and get their advice before departing . Your medical team is there to support you and may be able to offer the peace of mind you’re looking for.
- Enjoy yourself – the number one thing our community members recommended? To have fun! Cancer can be tough, allow yourself to enjoy your vacation as much as possible. Soak up every single minute and allow yourself the joy of being away.