Kerri MacKay knows a thing or two about traveling with asthma.
Since her diagnosis in 2008, she’s been on a mission to redefine what it means to live with asthma — and to make sure that asthma and other health conditions don’t define her. That mission has taken her all over the world as a patient advocate and asthma mentor, and she’s met dozens of people who have helped to shape her perceptions of living with a chronic illness.
While traveling with asthma may seem daunting at times, it doesn’t have to keep you grounded — a little advance preparation can go a long way. “The most important thing you can do when traveling with asthma is to prepare and over-prepare,” says Kerri.
Your own travel checklist will vary depending on the severity of your asthma, your triggers, and even your destination, so always be sure to talk with your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns ahead of time.
If wanderlust is calling you, check out Kerri’s tips before you hit the road.
Kerri MacKay is a writer, quantified self-enthusiast, and ePatient with ADHD and asthma. She is the Canadian Severe Asthma Network patient group lead, involved in asthma research as a patient investigator with the University of Alberta’s Pulmonary Research Group, and a peer mentor for children with asthma with Asthma Canada’s Asthma Pals mentorship program. She coaches the Manitoba Goalball team with Manitoba Blind Sports and young athletes with Special Olympics Manitoba. She loves airplanes, traveling, writing, cupcakes, notebooks, and T-shirts. She blogs at KerriOnThePrairies.com and is on Twitter.
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