6 Tips for Traveling with Vestibular Diseases

Thursday, September 15, 2016
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National Balance Awareness Week

The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. Vestibular disorders, therefore, are ailments of the body’s balance (vestibular) system within the inner ear. Often times these disorders have a severe impact on one’s ability to experience the adventure of travel. Here at National Staffing, we believe that no disorder should hinder someone from maintaining the ability to explore the world. In honor of National Balance Awareness Month, we’ve got your complete guide to traveling with vestibular ailments.  

6 Tips for Traveling with Vestibular Disorders

1. Travel with a companion.  Having a friend or family member who’s familiar with your disorder and knows what do can relieve much of the anxiety that comes along with traveling with vestibular disorders.

2. Give your stewards a head’s up on what’s going on – who you are; what your symptoms could be possibly be; how he or she can be of service to you should you experience any discomfort; and of course, what the crew can do in the meantime to assist, and comfort you.
3. Bring your own snacks and foods. Although you can’t bring liquids onto most airplanes, you can bring foods. This will make the trip much less stressful because you’ll know that you have healthy foods to eat, that you also actually like.
4. Keep your medications with you at all times – do not ‘check’ your medication, just in case you need them.
5. It’s always better to subdue your symptoms before you fly. Therefore, consult with your doctor to find out which medications you can take to reduce your symptoms while flying, and whether you can take them prior to traveling to the airport.
6. Mentally think through any issues that could possibly occur, and the best way to handle such situations; that way if such situations do take place, you'll be fully able to handle them.

Keauna Campbell

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