Steps to Counteract Sickness While Traveling

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Submitted by Daniel Sherwin at

Possibly one of the worst times to get sick is when you’re traveling, as you’re nowhere near the creature comforts that help you feel that little bit better. Nonetheless, these things do happen. Here’s what to do in case this happens to you.

Make sure you have plenty of water on standby

Drinking plenty of water while you’re away is helpful to help stave off dehydration. When you get sick, water becomes even more beneficial, as it can help to replace the fluids lost through certain illnesses. Remember to look for bottled water whenever you can.

Carry your medication with you

If you are traveling, carrying a First Aid Kit with you is sure to be helpful, as you can have all your emergency supplies and the medication you’re used to with you at all times. For example, if you’re used to taking paracetamol for migraines, having this with you at the onset of mild symptoms can help nip this in the bud and prevent it from getting worse.

Prep your immune system beforehand

Prevention is better than cure; you should be taking heed of if you are going to be on the road or in a different environment that may place undue stress on your immune system. Therefore prep your immune system beforehand by taking probiotics and vitamin C, vitamin D, selenium, and Zinc to help make your body more sickness resistant. In addition to boosting your vitamin levels, be sure to eat healthily throughout so your body has a better chance of withstanding illness.

Reduce your stress levels

High levels of stress are not good for anyone and are especially harmful if you’re feeling sick, as it can actually make you feel worse. Therefore, try to reduce your stress levels if you can feel it starting to build up, as this will go a long way to prevent you from falling ill.

Make sure your medical records are up-to-date

If you fall seriously ill and have to get to the hospital as soon as possible, having your medical records with you and up to date can help save you time when it comes to making an appointment. Storing your medical records in the cloud is an excellent way to ensure you always have these on hand. Here is a guide on how to edit a PDF to enable you to simply upload the file, make the necessary changes, and then download it to share with whoever is needed.

Try to be healthy as can be while you’re away

Try to stick to your usual schedule if you’re used to exercising every day, for example, as your body will be more prepared for whatever comes at it no matter where you are. Choose an accommodation that has fitness facilities nearby so that your regular exercise routine does not suffer while you’re away. If not, you can think of creative ways to maintain your fitness levels by bicycling to work meetings instead of taking a cab, for instance.

Getting sick while traveling is certainly no fun at all. However, it doesn’t need to put an end to your travels if you know how to manage the risk and manage it promptly. Make sure you stay hydrated, keep your medical records handy, and stick to a healthy routine. You can’t always prevent sickness from happening, but you can help lessen its impact on your travels.

© Daniel Sherwin –, for Legends Of America, submitted October 2022.