Technological advances have made traveling by car or plane while you’re on at-home hemodialysis (Home HD) or peritoneal dialysis (PD) simpler than ever before. An essential thing to remember is to make sure to pack enough of your medication to last you for your entire trip, plus a few days extra just in case.
You also need to either bring everything you’ll need to perform your home hemodialysis (Home HD) treatments while you’re away, or arrange to have the necessary equipment and supplies delivered at your destination in advance of your arrival. It may also be possible to make arrangements with a clinic or hospital at your destination to perform your in-center hemodialysis (In-Center HD) at their facilities. Make sure to check with your insurance company about whether your treatments at this new center will be covered.
Your healthcare team will be able to tell you about the practicalities and airline guidelines for traveling with medical equipment and dialysis solution. You may also want to double-check with the airline you’re flying on. Also remember to bring any personal and medication information you’ll need – including your insurance card, your medication and allergy list, and all your treatment instructions. Making a full list of what you’ll need to take with you while you’re running through your treatment is a great way to make sure you don’t forget anything important.
If you are a home hemodialysis (Home HD) patient, it’s important to plan well in advance, so any deliveries or changes can be made. Most dialysis companies recommend planning with at least 60 days’ notice.