Traveling with Epilepsy

Whether traveling by air, ship or car, it’s important to be prepared for any situation.

Traveling with Epilepsy

By Shayli Lones Published at August 11, 2017 Views 2,256

Having epilepsy doesn’t mean you can’t go out and experience the world. Traveling with epilepsy may sound intimidating at first. But by taking a few precautions you can add some stamps to your passport while traveling safely with epilepsy.

Whether traveling by air, ship or car, it’s important to be prepared for any situation. Here are some safe travel tips for those traveling with epilepsy.

Take a Travel Buddy

Having a friend or family member who is familiar with your epilepsy is helpful if you experience a seizure. If you’re traveling alone, make sure to inform the hotel staff and airline of your condition so they can be prepared in an emergency. You may also want tell those sitting close to you that you have epilepsy and what to expect if you have a seizure.


Always keep your medication with you at all times. Don’t pack essential medication in your checked baggage in case it gets lost or delayed. Keep a list of your medications, doses and your doctor’s phone number in your wallet in case the medicines need to be replaced. If possible ask your doctor for copies of your prescriptions that you can keep with you while you’re away. Talk to your doctor in advance to ensure you have enough medication to last the entire duration of travel and a couple extra days of medication in case of delays. Check with the airline beforehand to make sure there will be no problems carrying on your medications and whether there are any medication restrictions in the country you’re visiting.

Time Changes

Know what time zone you will be traveling to so you can take your medications at the correct time. If you’re traveling to a new time zone that is a few hours off it could interfere with your medication schedule. Figure out what time you’ll need to take your medication in the new time zone beforehand.

Medical Alert Jewelry

Especially if you are traveling alone it’s important to have some type of medical alert jewelry on. Whether it’s a necklace or bracelet, medical alert jewelry can help first responders get you the care you need in an emergency.


Travel can be exciting and stressful and cause you to not get enough sleep. Tiredness and stress may be triggers for a seizure, so it’s vital that your body gets enough rest while you’re away from home.

Be Prepared for Any Situation

Speak with your doctor before you plan any travel. It’s important to know what places might not be the best fit for a person traveling with epilepsy. Your doctor can help ensure that you’re healthy enough to travel and explain other precautions you should take.

To learn more about living with epilepsy:

Epilepsy at Work: To Tell or Not to Tell?
What We Learn from Living with a Medical Diagnosis
Building Resilience to Take on Epilepsy Challenges

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