Flying with High Blood Pressure: Travel Tips

Unfortunately high blood pressure is a problem that can get in the way of a lot of things in every day life. Due to this, it is no wonder that people do not want to let it get in the way of their holidays. Flying with high blood pressure, in this day and age, need not be impossible. Medications like Candesartan can help you to live a manageable life with high blood pressure, and do things you would normally do like travelling and flying. As well as medication, there are a few tips you can follow for travelling with high blood pressure.

Check your travel insurance 

Obviously, no one wants the worst to happen, but if you do require medical attention and you haven’t stated on your insurance your pre-existing medical condition of high blood pressure, then you will not be able to claim. Most bank accounts give you insurance with a premium account now, but do not assume that this will cover you if you have not stated your health problems.


As well as taking medicine, you can also do simple exercises to ensure that you keep up your circulation. Before you travel, ask your Doctor what the best exercises are to do during your flight. If you discuss the duration of your flight with your doctor, he or she should be able to advise you on what the best exercises to do are in the minimal space.

Pack your medication and prescription in your hand luggage 

If you are on a well known medication like Candesartan then chances are security at the airport will know what this is, but it is better not to leave anything to chance. Even if you do not have to take your medication at the time of the flight, it is still better to have them on you just in case. Even if your medication is in a blister pack that is labelled, it is still best to ensure you take all relevant documentation., especially for when you get to your destination country.

Take your own food and avoid alcohol 

Although it may be tempting to start your holiday with a treat from the options available on your flight, this will not help you if you have high blood pressure. Alcohol can have a sedative effect, and if you are on a long haul flight and assume it will be better to go to sleep, this is not the case. You need to ensure you move around and keep the circulation going. It can also be tempting to eat the aeroplane food – especially if you have been following a strict diet because of your high blood pressure. To make sure that the food lasts, airlines will often pack ready meals with salt. Not only is this bad for high blood pressure, but this will also leave you significantly dehydrated.

Drink plenty of water 

Even low cost or budget airlines have a duty to offer you water, or at least give it to you if you request it. Keeping hydrated is essential to anyone flying anyway, and even more so for those with high blood pressure. Buy a bottle before you board if you are travelling low cost, and if you are travelling long haul ensure you keep asking.