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I've got an upcoming trip and just wondering if anyone has any tips for traveling this time of year?  i'm not leaving until the end of the month so the weather will be different and i"m going to New Hampshire so I"m sure their weather is different than Alabama! 

I have downloaded the airport maps and-just my luck-I will have to walk right past a B&B shop to change gates-UGH!!!!  

  • mask? (DH told me I couldn't wear my RZ one in an airport-it's sort of scary looking and he joked that it and a baseball hat would surely get me tackled and hand cuffed)
  • hand sanitizer?
  • jacket for the plane?

TSA is a pain with my meds but I think I have that in hand.  I have to call the airlines and get their specs (different airline than I'm use to flying).  I was in the economy seating and they had me in the last seat on the airline so DH let me upgrade to main cabin so I could be closer to the front with isle seating for easier in and out.

Part of my concern is food right now-there still isn't much I'm able to eat but it is getting better and I'm still 3 weeks out from leaving.

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  • Melissa G

    Here are some 

    You can most definitely wear your mask while you are in the airport and on the plane! 

    I would definitely get a pre-treatment plan from your dr, a letter from your doctor for your medications and to make sure your medications are readily accessible during the flight. 

  • Melissa G

    Lynn, in this thread , there is a pic of Kathy P wearing her mask while she is at an airport. 

  • Pljohns

    I gave in and ordered a new cambridge mask today-it is much cuties and less intimidating than the RZ mask that I have.  It will be in Wednesday.

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, yay! I can't wait to see it! Ya know ya have asthma when you get excited about new fashion choices in masks!

    If you use a chain pharmacy that transfers prescriptions easily from Alabama to New Hampshire, could you ask your doc for a prescription for Tamiflu and/or antibiotics? That way if you knowingly get exposed to the flu, you could refill it in New Hampshire. 

    Likewise with antibiotics … although in this day and age of antibiotic overuse, your doc may be hesitant to hand out a prescription for antibiotics unless he's super confident that you know when and why to use them. But that's where your treatment plan could come into play. 

    Ugh on the B&B that you have to get through. I hope it's the only bump in the road between you and a great trip to New Hampshire!

  • Pljohns

    With everything I’ve had going on, I haven’t even had time to get it in gear.  DH found a burgundy knee length sweater that he liked and ordered for me and I had gray pants and a white shirt so I have at least that outfit done.  I’m just thrilled beyond words that I got my presentation done 2 months ago and have been practicing it and polishing it up ever since.  It would be a madhouse if I hadn’t gotten it done ahead of time.

  • Kathy P

    Ooh that outfit sounds pretty! And I'm sure you're gonna rock your presentation!

    I spent the past two weeks on the road and have 3 more trips coming by mid-November!

    Mask – I wear mine as needed. I haven't worn it through security, but I wear it on the shuttle and put it back on once I'm through screening. 

    Security screening – there was a recent article about the germs on the bins that you have to put all your stuff in. I have Pre-Check, so can leave my stuff in my bags. But I went through a terminal that didn't have the option this past trip so am always prepared. I make sure all my stuff that I might have to take out is in plastic. Nebulizers need to come out and be put in a bin. All my meds are in clear plastic pouches/ziplock. You can wipe stuff down before repacking. 

    Hand wipes – I keep several packs handy. When I get on the plane, I try not to touch anything before I can wipe down. I usually opt for an aisle, so I wait til the rest in the row are seated. Then I wipe down the tray table, arm rests, pocket, my seat back top. Then I sanitizer my hands! I pay attention as my row mates go out to use the lavatory and may rewipe as needed

    Hand sanitizer – I keep one clipped on my underseat bag so I can easily get to it. 

    Scarf – this is multipurpose. I can wrap it around if I'm chilly, use it as a mask quickly, bunch it up for a pillow, etc. Don't put your jacket and scarf on the nasty floor!

    Packing strategy – it's rare that my luggage has been lost, but it has happened! And even if you don't check a bag, there are times when the overhead is full and they start gate checking carry ons. I always make sure I can manage with what is in my smaller personal item for a day until a lost bag catches up or I can replace things if it's really lost. So toiletries, clean underwear – even if I have to grab them out of a gate checked bag .I keep a small bag handy (reusable grocery bag) that I can put stuff from my roll aboard in if I have to gate check.

    Medicine – that stays with me! Since I was going to be traveling so much, I talked with my doc about what additional meds he might want me to have immediately available. We settled on Prednisone and antibiotics. He gave me very specific parameters for when to use them. We discussed flu but decided we should be able to get that called in locally within the time parameters. He put a note in my chart in case I need to work with an on call allergist. 

    Food – I always carry shelf stable food with me. Some airports are reqiring that snacks be removed from carry ons to be screened. I pack mine in a softsided cooler bag that I can also use at my destination. But it serves to keep things together and easily removable/accessible for potential screening and on the plane. 

  • Pljohns

    Kathy-THANK YOU!  We are mostly on the same page.  I won’t have checked baggage-only a carry on and my med bag, which doesn’t count as carry on.  

    My new mask is already in my purse and I fully intend to use it in the airports and on the plane if needed.  I have hand sanitizer hooked to my purse strap and handiwipes on my purse already-keep those even when I’m not traveling.

    I was flying economy and was in the last row of the plane so I paid for the upgrade to main cabin and I selected my seats.  I won’t be any farther back than row 10 and I have isle seats the entire trip. 

    Security screening is a pain al it’s own for me-neb and 70+ vials of meds and some of them in a special cold pack that freaks them out with a wireless thermometer in it that has a red blinking light on it.  It normally takes me about 3 hours to clear TSA.  I have a standard set of meds too that includes pred and antibiotics and a letter from my doc that all of it has to stay WITH ME.  I have a separate bag with nothing but nebs and meds in it and as long as that’s all it has in it, the airlines dont’ count it as carry on.

    Food is where I’m struggling-the airports I’m going through have nothing but fast greasy food and i”m stil struggling finding things that i can eat that don’t make me really nauseated.  Gallbladder surgery has been tough for me to get over.  I feel great, but eating has been a challenge.  I’m planning on taking things I know I can eat-saltine crackers and I’ve found a restaurant delivery service and a restaurante that specializes in broiled/baked chicken and I know that normally doesn’t give me a hard time.  The hotel has mostly seafood and i stil can’t manage that.  

    Thanks for the tip on the scarf-I’m headed tot he NE and the temp difference between there and here is 20+ degrees so I’m struggling with that too.  It’s supposed to rain there all next weekend so the jacket I’m taking is also water repellent and has a hood.

    I’ve got a pretty good list going-its just a matter of finding time when MIL doesn’t want me doing things to actually get it done. 

  • Melissa G

    Lynn that was so sweet of your dh! You are going to do an amazing job with the presentation!

    Kathy, those are great travel tips! Thanks! 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    Kathy P posted:

    I make sure all my stuff that I might have to take out is in plastic. Nebulizers need to come out and be put in a bin. All my meds are in clear plastic pouches/ziplock. You can wipe stuff down before repacking. 

    Hand wipes – I keep several packs handy. When I get on the plane, I try not to touch anything before I can wipe down. I usually opt for an aisle, so I wait til the rest in the row are seated. Then I wipe down the tray table, arm rests, pocket, my seat back top. Then I sanitizer my hands! I pay attention as my row mates go out to use the lavatory and may rewipe as needed

    These are great tips!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Brenda

  • Pljohns

    Thank you for all of the wonderful tips!  The only tip I have is don’t try to do it in a hurry after a really busy day and without having time to look at your list! I’m really surprised I got up here with what I did