Enjoy your holiday. Look after your asthma.

Plan ahead

  • Check your asthma control
  • Visit your GP to:
    • review your written asthma action plan
    • check your immunisations are up to date
    • fill prescriptions to cover your holiday
    • discuss what to do if you are away and become unwell
  • If you are going away make sure you have enough medicine to last your trip & if possible take extra in case you lose any
  • Make sure your medications are current and will not expire while you are away
  • Keep medication in original packaging
  • Look up how to contact emergency services in other countries you may be visiting
  • Check if your insurance policy covers asthma if you are taking out travel insurance
  • You may be out of your usual routine so set an alarm on your phone to help remind you to take your daily medication

Be prepared for asthma emergencies

Be aware of triggers!

  • Outdoor summer parties can trigger asthma if there is smoke from a BBQ or a high level of pollen in the air.
  • Are you visiting friends or family that have pets that could be a trigger for you?  Let them know and take your asthma and allergies medicines as required.
  • The festive season is a joyful time, sometimes stressful too, and these strong emotions can trigger asthma symptoms.
  • If the heat is too much for you and your asthma try to stay inside with the air conditioning on during the heat of the day. Hot and humid weather as well as temperature variations are common summertime triggers.
  • During summer months, we tend to be more active which can lead to asthma flare ups.
  • If it is Christmas time, a Christmas tree that has been packed away all year could be dusty or grown mould after being in storage.
Plan ahead - Holiday checklist
Things to pack
Be aware of your triggers - Holiday checklist

When your asthma is well controlled your asthma is less likely to flare up. If you need help with your asthma control visit your GP or call 1800 ASTHMA to speak to our Respiratory Educators.