If you are anticipating a long-distance journey to or from a hospital, the prospect can be overwhelming, especially if you are experiencing health problems. Long distance travel is stressful no matter the purpose, with various pieces of paperwork, passports and possible visas to consider. This is before you think about how you’re going to get there, especially if you are feeling physically vulnerable.

The best course of action is to break down the process into a few easy-to-follow steps. This will allow you to minimize stress and anticipate any potential problems along the way.

Here’s how to handle the logistics of a long-distance medical journey:

Use the best travel connection possible

Firstly, if you are thinking of traveling to another state or country, you will likely need to fly. While you may not think it necessary if you’re staying within the country, it makes the journey far shorter and more pleasant, especially if you are struggling with health problems.

To help with this, it may be useful to use long distance medical transport, in order to have an expert plan your journey with you and stay with you every step of the trip.

Don’t leave the paperwork until the last minute

As with any long distance journey, one of the most time-consuming elements is the paperwork. It can take time to research whether you need a visa or travel pass to enter a particular country, especially on medical grounds. Unfortunately, if you don’t have the right paperwork, you will be turned around and sent straight back home. 

This is just irritating (and expensive) normally, but if you need to travel to receive specific medical attention, this could seriously impact your health.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you begin preparing long before you start your journey. Take the time to check your passport is valid and your papers are in order to prevent yourself from becoming stressed.

If possible, ask a trusted member of your family or close circle of friends to help you with organizing the logistics of the trip. It is good to have a second set of eyes when creating any logistical plan, and the journey to the hospital is no different.

Make extra time for a rest period afterwards

Traveling long distances is stressful and energy-intensive at the best of times, but when your health is compromised, it is a serious factor to bear in mind.

It is best to arrive at the facility with plenty of time to spare in order to rest and recover before seeking medical attention. This will also help you get used to your new surroundings and feel as relaxed as possible. The medical facility should offer you guidance on this.

Similarly, when you are preparing for the return journey, take adequate time to recover before putting a strain on your body by traveling. Factor this into your allotted time for the trip – as well as your budget if you want to spend extra time in the area recuperating after being discharged from the facility.