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Three Tips for Traveling While on Dialysis

Thanks to portable equipment and access to DaVita® dialysis centers nationwide, traveling on dialysis can be easier. It’s important to stay on top of your health while you travel. Take note of these three steps to help plan a successful, kidney-friendly trip:

1. Think ahead for mealtime and snacks.

Whether you’re cooking over a campfire or dining out during your trip, plan meals ahead of time. Create a grocery list, research menus at restaurants nearby and pack a cooler with kidney-friendly snacks to avoid eating unhealthy food. Talk to your doctor or dietitian if you have any questions about your diet.

2. Create a treatment plan.

Depending on what type of dialysis you’re on, you may need to work with your care team to schedule appointments in advance with dialysis centers nearby where you’re vacationing. If you’re on home dialysis, ask your care team to arrange any shipment of medical supplies or equipment.

3. Notify your travel providers.

Let the hotel, cruise ship or airline know if you have any special requests such as wheelchairs, extra baggage for equipment or specific dietary needs.

DaVita Guest Services is here to answer any questions regarding your travel plans and can help you figure out your options. Give us a call at 1-800-244-0680 and read more articles about traveling on dialysis.