Managing your blood pressure when travelling abroad

How to keep blood pressure low whilst travelling

If you suffer from high blood pressure, follow our top tips to stay safe on your travels this summer.

According to the NHS, around 30% of people in Britain suffer from high blood pressure. However, if you are amongst this 30%, you should not be deterred from globe-trotting! There is plenty of advice you can follow to help manage your condition whilst travelling, ensuring that you stay safe in the sun.

Planning and Research

Careful planning is key! Before going abroad, consult your doctor if your blood pressure is especially high. It’s always sensible to get medical advice before embarking on a big adventure. Your doctor will be able to ensure you have all the advice and medication you need.

If you are on medication, then make sure you leave with a generous supply. Take extra in case you lose a packet, and don’t pack all of the tablets in the same place; if you lose your suitcase and all of your medication with it, you could be in trouble!

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What to pack

It’s not just medication that’s important. If you suffer from high blood pressure, then the following essentials will help to manage your condition abroad.

  • Flight socks – These will help to keep your circulation healthy and reduce the risk of DVT in the air.
  • Blood pressure monitor – A compact blood pressure monitor will allow you to keep an eye on your blood pressure whilst away.
  • Emergency list – write down your medication and the contact numbers for your doctor and next of kin. Should there be an emergency, all of your information can be made known to the medical team.
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) – Don’t forget this card, which entitles you to free healthcare within the EU. In the event of an emergency, this will mean you can get medical care quickly and easily, without risking a payment. Keep your card tucked into your passport, so you never forget to take it abroad with you.
  • Health insurance documents – Make sure you have copies of your insurance documents to hand, in case of emergency. Specialist insurance for travellers with high blood pressure is available, so make sure you research the best policy for you.

Reduce stress at the airport

Airports can be notoriously stressful: long queues, screaming children and missed flights will only exacerbate high blood pressure.

If you plan ahead, however, this stress can be minimised. Consider booking an airport hotel before a flight, to save an early morning rush to the airport. In addition, try to pre-book your seats, so that you don’t have to worry about rushing onto the plane as soon as the gate opens.

An aisle seat is also a good idea, so you are able to easily move around on the plane. It’s a good idea to pack some snacks, too, as aeroplane food can be very salty and could potentially affect your blood pressure.

Relax!

Once you have taken care of these precautions, you can relax in the knowledge that you’re safe in the sun! And relaxing is especially important for those with high blood, as stress will only exacerbate the condition.