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Travel tips for larger people

Travel tips for larger people
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Vacation planning for people with obesity

Plus-sized travellers face some particular challenges while travelling, but it is possible to find ways to travel safely and comfortably. Here are some ideas to help people with larger bodies plan a vacation or business trip.

What should people with larger bodies look for when booking travel?

When booking accommodation, look for organizations that have good reviews for their service levels. They are more likely to meet any needs that you have in a friendly, efficient way.

Ask for what you need when booking – as you will read below, having enough space when travelling is not just about comfort; it’s about safety, too. You may find you get more choice and more accurate information about legroom and seat width if you book directly with the airline, rather than a booking platform.

Use social networks frequented by larger people to get recommendations for hotels and accommodation, and draw on the experiences of travel content creators like Wander Big.

Book activities that are right for you

A vacation is not the best time to suddenly increase your activity levels: if walking long distances is not comfortable at home, it will not be fun in Rome or Rio de Janeiro either. Check online reviews of attractions to find out whether you can take rest breaks during your visit if you need that. And of course, it’s fine to take a rest day and enjoy your accommodation if that’s what you want to do.

Get information about the risk factors you’ll face on your trip abroad

When you come for your travel health appointment at Canadian Travel Clinics six to eight weeks before your departure, the travel health pharmacist can tell you about risk factors at your destination. They can give advice on avoiding disease vectors, such as mosquitoes. And they can tell you if you will be spending time at altitude, or in very hot conditions. You may also wish to find out about air pollution, and general rules for safe eating and drinking.

Once you know the risks you may experience on your trip abroad, you can work out how to reduce their impact on your health. If you live with a long-term health condition you can bring the risk information to your usual healthcare team and get advice tailored to you.

Learn about deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

People with obesity are at increased risk from DVT, a potentially fatal condition. Long periods of sitting still in a cramped space (like an airline seat) can also increase the risk of DVT. So, it’s important to know how to reduce your risk. Our article has some tips about decreasing your DVT risks, but you can also talk with your healthcare provider about it.

Can I travel with my CPAP and other medical equipment?

It should be possible to travel with a CPAP for sleep apnea; but get advice from your airline, and check with your accommodation that there is a power socket near your bed.

People taking regular medication will need to bring a supply for the entire duration of their trip as it may not be possible to obtain your usual meds at your destination.

Advocate for your needs when you travel

Many people you come across on your travels will not have a good understanding of your needs and experiences as a larger person. So, it’s important to advocate for yourself and say what you need to be comfortable. No one wants you to suffer and make yourself unwell!