Going on holiday

    Fast facts

    Top tips

    1. 1
      Pack plenty of your epilepsy medicine. Enough to last more than the length of your trip. You might need to order it in advance
    2. 2
      Keep your medicine in the original packaging and take a copy of your prescription with you
    3. 3
      Carry your medicine on you and in more than one place. You don’t want to risk losing it
    4. 4
      If there will be a time difference at your destination, plan what time you need to take your medicine. Set reminders on your phone
    5. 5
      Make sure you are properly insured. To be covered you will need to declare that you have epilepsy when you buy travel insurance
    6. 6
      Be extra aware of your triggers when you’re going on holiday. Disrupted sleep, travel stress, missing meals, drinking alcohol are more likely if you are going away
    7. 7
      If you are travelling with other people, ask them to support you in staying safe
    8. 8
      Plan to get the sleep that you need
    9. 9
      Stay safe. If you wouldn’t normally swim alone, cycle, have late nights or drink alcohol try to avoid doing these things while you are away
    10. 10
      Carrying some medical ID and information about how to help if you have a seizure is a good idea
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    Tips for air travel


    Dr Sarah Jarvis with some travel tips

    Stories by you

    Kelsey shares her experience of epilepsy and holidaying

    Brandy shares an experience and tips for travelling with epilepsy on the ‘My epilepsy story’ blog

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    Do something

    Do you have a holiday to look forward to? What are your travel plans and how will you stay safe?



    More info

    The Epilepsy Action website has information about travel insurance

    Travel insurance

    There’s more travel advice for people with epilepsy on the Epilepsy Action website

    Travel advice
    Updated 12 May 2020
    Review 12 May 2023
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