Travelling with Arthritis

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Guest Writer
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Arthritis should not stop you visiting your dream destination or enjoying a well-earned holiday

If you are one of the 10 million UK residents who have arthritis, don’t let it stop you indulging in a spot of wanderlust. Just make sure you’ve done some planning beforehand so that you have a smooth trip.

Doctor’s appointment

It’s a good idea to visit your doctor before booking a trip, as they can advise you if your destination is a good choice for your type of arthritis. Plus, they can answer any concerns you have about what you want to do while away.

Where to go

When booking a holiday make sure it is close to local amenities such as shops and restaurants, as you don’t want to be walking too far. Local transport links are essential when you have arthritis too, so check there are taxis and buses nearby. You might also want to consider the climate as some people with arthritis are sensitive to cold and wet climates, or the heat and humidity. To search for a specific climate to suit your arthritis, use this handy online climate finder called Weather Base.

Travel insurance for arthritis

Just like any pre-existing medical condition, buying specialist medical travel insurance is a good idea—as you never know when you might need it. Most of the time holidays are problem free, but the peace of mind you’ll get from being covered will help you relax and enjoy your holiday more. It’s a common misconception that if you take medication to ease your arthritis, you don’t have to declare it as a pre-existing medical condition. Here at Staysure we want to make sure you tell us about all your pre-existing health matters, so we can help get you the right level of insurance cover. The good news is getting a quote only takes a few minutes. You can either complete our online medical screening process, or call one of our friendly travel insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902.

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Travel tips for arthritis

If your GP says you are fit to travel—here are a few tips to make you more comfortable.


  • Take enough medication for your holiday and more just in case you are delayed
  • Pack a list of your medication and doses so that if you lose any it can be replaced quickly
  • Keep any medication in your hand luggage so it’s with you at all times
  • Bring travel-sized heat and cold packs for pain relief


  • Ask your doctor if they can recommend any medications to ease your pain while travelling
  • Book hotel rooms on the ground floor or next to a lift if possible
  • Use a travel agent—they are well informed about holidays suitable for people with arthritis


  • Stress can make arthritis worse, so allow lots of time to pack and get to the airport
  • Pack lightly and use a suitcase with wheels so you’re not carrying heavy luggage
  • Dehydration can make arthritis worse, so drink plenty of water
  • Phone the airport before you arrive for help with any luggage or mobility issues
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