Traveling With Vertigo


Some people are reluctant to travel because of their vertigo. Vertigo can be an obstacle interfering with the enjoyment of your trip. Luckily, this article can provide you with useful information about precautions for you to have a smooth and undisturbed trip.

What is vertigo?

“Vertigo” means “to turn” in Latin. When describing the feeling of vertigo, people often say that they or their surroundings are spinning around. This condition is often caused by an inner ear problem.

Types of vertigo

  • Dizziness: the feeling of unsteadiness, giddiness, imbalance or dysequilibrium, without a sensation of tinning or spinning.
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): the feeling that you are spinning or the inside of your head is spinning
  • Ménière’s: a disorder of your inner ear that makes you feel like you are spinning.

Precautions to take to avoid vertigo

When you plan your trip

Consult your doctor: there is no one better than your doctor to give you the right advice and medication beforehand to ensure the safety of your trip.

Have a companion: in cases of emergency caused by vertigo, it is always good if you have someone there by your side.

Check the facilities of the destination: Check the quality of services that can help with your vertigo beforehand if possible, so you can know where to go to when you’re in trouble.

Avoid imbalanced movements: Be aware of the things that can make you dizzy or stumble when you arrive. It is ideal if you stay in a room without obstacles (you can ask staff to remove or move them to other places in the room). Besides, be careful of the lifts as they can make you dizzy as well.

When you pack your bags

Bring necessary medications:  You don’t visit your doctor for no reason, medications will be your lifeguard throughout the trip.

Bring letter from your doctor: It is best to confirm your medical condition to the staff or responsible people with a letter from your doctor, describing details about your sickness.

Equip yourself with a pair of glasses: Your dark shades can help prevent dizziness and uneasiness should you come across any obstacles.

Footwear and walking gear: It is best to wear sporty shoes rather than high heels. Also use a stick to assist you in your walking or standing for a long time.

Travel insurance documents: For people who have pre-existing history of vertigo, bringing insurance documents is very important.

During your trip

Avoid activities that can cause vertigo such as scuba-diving, or hiking on high mountains. For motion sickness, should your train stop at the station, take the opportunity to disembark for a short moment to get your feet back on the ground. Keeping your eyes firmly on the horizon can help with sea-sickness. Avoid eating heavy meals to prevent motion sickness. Keep yourself hydrated and make sure to stay away from creamy foods or chocolate drinks.

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