Bringing your dialysis supplies overseas
In order to bring your dialysis supplies with you on airplanes, you will need to:
- Discuss travel plans with your doctor in advance.
- Obtain a travel letter and prescription from your doctor.
- Check with your airline for guidelines to bring dialysis supplies onboard.
- Pack enough dialysis supplies to last a few days more than the length of your trip, in case of an unexpected delay getting home.
Things to Note:
- If you're on automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) and you're planning to be away longer than a week, you will need to bring your cycler with you. Any other supplies you need can be delivered in advance.
- Solution configurations, cycler sets, and power sources vary from country to country.
Delivering dialysis supplies to your holiday destination
If you are going for a longer holiday, you may prefer having your dialysis supplies delivered to your holiday destination. In order to do so, you will need to:
- Discuss travel plans with your doctor in advance
- Receive CAPD training if needed
- Obtain Travel Letter and Prescription from your clinician
- Inform your PD provider of all confirmed details at least 45 days in advance*:
- Name of patient
- Confirmed travel dates
- Confirmed travel prescription from hospital
- Hotel address and contact number
- Hotel booking number and reservation name
- Upon confirmation, solutions will be delivered to the accommodation on arrival.
*For Baxter PD patients, please inform the provider at least 45 days in advance. For non-Baxter PD patients, do reach out to your provider to check for requirements.
Travelling by air on peritoneal dialysis
Travelling with peritoneal dialysis fluid can be challenging due to the altered pressure in an aircraft. It's best to discuss your treatment plan with your healthcare team and consider flying "dry".
In case of flight delays or delivery delays, it is recommended to pack a one-day supply of fluid to bring onboard the flight. Do check with your airline about their medical equipment restrictions.
As each country and airline has different regulations, it is essential to carry a letter from your doctor explaining your condition and medication list.