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Travel Insurance for Lupus sufferers
We understand that finding the right travel insurance policy for lupus can sometimes be a little challenging, given the nature of the disorder and the fact that symptoms differ from person to person. For this reason, Holiday Extras' medical insurance team are dedicated to tailoring an insurance policy that caters to your specific situation and needs.
How do I declare my condition?
Declaring your condition with Holiday Extras is a straight-forward process. Simply fill in the insurance quote form above and you will be automatically transferred for your screening with our team of insurance experts.
The screening process involves a series of questions designed to provide us with the right information regarding your condition. This way, the policy we come up with will be best suited to cater for your needs as a sufferer from lupus, taking into account the exact form your condition takes.
Screening for your lupus condition takes place online, though if you prefer, this can also be done via our UK based insurance team by calling our free helpline.
Holiday Extras Lupus Travel Insurance
Getting covered for lupus with Holiday Extras, you can be assured of a quality policy with superior cover provisions at an affordable price. Lupus travel insurance premiums tend not to increase so long as the condition is well managed and you are travelling to a country with a quality healthcare system.
If you are planning more than two trips this year, then we recommend booking your lupus travel insurance as part of an annual multi-trip policy, which covers all your holidays for a 365 day period from the policy starting date. This way, you only have to go through the screening process once, saving you both time and money!
Check out our annual multi-trip travel insurance page for more details.
Tips on travelling with Lupus
Though there are many aspects of travelling that could potentially cause problems for people with lupus, it is possible to anticipate these issues in advance and travel in relative comfort. Here are some tips you can follow to ease your experience when travelling, whether by train, car or plane:
- Get enough sleep - this can be tricky, as naturally before a trip you may be excited or nervous and as such find it difficult to sleep. Getting enough sleep before hand is very important however, as often, being sleep-deprived can lead to the increased likelihood of joint pain and flare ups. Don't rely on sleeping in the car or on the plane, as very often it can be difficult to fall asleep in such environments and getting quality sleep is usually not possible.
- Wear loose fitting clothes, dress in layers - avoid clothes that restrict your movement like jeans, as this can get very uncomfortable on long journeys. As the temperature can fluctuate on a flight, it's best to dress in layers to remain at a comfortable temperature yourself.
- Bring some comforts from home - if you do experience some pain or discomfort, very often having something to remind your of home (a familiar pillow or blanket) can ease your pain and make you feel a whole lot better.
- Get up and move regularly - if you are travelling long distances, be sure to get up and move around at regular intervals. People with lupus are more at a risk of developing blood clots, so regular movement is very important to prevent things like deep vein thrombosis.
- When travelling by car, avoid the window - if you have no choice but to sit by the window, make sure you use a sun shade. It's easy to become overly exposed to sunlight when travelling in a car and this can contribute to a flare up. If you're sitting in the front seat, it's advisable to put on sun-screen as well.
- Pace yourself - Try not to plan too much in one day. It can be tempting to squeeze in as many activities as you can to make the most use of your time abroad, however, there no sense in doing too much, exhausting yourself and suffering a flare up. Try to pace yourself and allow time of breaks during which you can regain your energy.
- Prescription medications enough to last you the entire trip (this may involve refilling your prescriptions before you leave)
- Compression socks - wearing these can help ward off blood clots in the legs and deep vein thrombosis.
- Care kit: this should include things like aspirin for headaches, hand sanitiser to keep hands germ free, headphones to block out background noise, neck pillow and essentials oils to help you sleep
- Emergency medical information, phone numbers, list of medications and allergies as well as your travel insurance information
Looking for information regarding a different condition?
Be sure to have a read up on our pre-existing conditions travel insurance.