Peritoneal Dialysis Travel Tips
It’s summer time! In some places, like Houston where I live it’s been like summer since early May! This is the time to plan ahead for peritoneal dialysis travel. Think about visiting other places, taking time off from work, school, having fun at the beach, camping and swimming in the pool (for peritoneal dialysis patients– private pools only please).
Peritoneal Dialysis and Travel
Of course you can travel, by car, by plane, by train, by an RV, go ahead and take a trip, we all need a break from the routine. You still need to help your body clean the toxins by continuing your peritoneal dialysis (PD) treatments. You can take your peritoneal dialysis machine or you can do the manual exchanges that your PD nurse trained you to do. Always keep in mind safety. Carefully follow the same steps to do your PD exchanges as you were trained. Avoid infections at all cost, especially when you are traveling.
Here are some travel tips that may help you enjoy your travels:
- Always let your PD team know your plans. For example, your social worker can help you find a back-up dialysis center in your final destination. Back-up units are important because you never know if you may need to see a nurse or to get an important item that you forgot. Know the location of the nearest dialysis center in case you need help while on the road.
- Call your supplier to make sure they will deliver your PD dialysate bags on time and in the right place. Check with your PD nurse about any possible changes in your PD prescription.
- Check with your dietitian about best picks from fast food places and restaurants. When you are not home you are most likely going to eat out often. However, if you have a kitchenette in your hotel room, or are in an RV, or are visiting relatives or friends in a home, you may be able to prepare simple, delicious meals. Make them a part of spending time together.
Check DaVita.com for kidney-friendly recipes such as salads, entrees, soups and desserts.
For more kidney diet tips to help make traveling easier read these previous Kidney Diet Tips blog posts:
This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Consult your physician and dietitian regarding your specific diagnosis, treatment, diet and health questions.