When you are planning for a vacation, sickness is not always on your mind. No one ever plans to be sick. Being ready for the unexpected is an important consideration to bear in mind. So what are some of the things to do when you’re sick during your travel?
There are several reasons why you get sick while travelling some of which are discussed below:
Many people are susceptible to plane –related colds which are mainly caused by the low humidity in the flight. The low humidity air can dry out nasal passages leading to a dry throat which your body becoming weak hence cannot fight off any bacterial infections. To fix this, always carry along a saline nasal spray and some eye drops which might be of great help
2. Exposure to new allergens and germs
When you come into contact with big crowds at the airport, train stations, public transit or tourist sites, The likelihood of coming down with some infection is very high. You must always maintain constant hand washing practices and avoid very crowded places or trying to keep distance whenever you are in a crowded place. This will prevent the fast transmission of viruses and bacteria.
Travelling is a tiring experience. If you are a type of person who goes on a panic mode to pack and get ready for a trip, you will be very exhausted before you even get to your destination. Your body is already been exposed to strain as you prepared for the trip. This can get worse if you are travelling to a destination with different a Time Zone. It is advisable to be calm and try to sleep as much as you can.
4. Too much partying and drinking
Partying and drinking while on a vacation is good; it helps in loosening up and enjoying the trip. Drinking too much however is detrimental to your health. Too much alcohol can inhibit your immune system and back up detoxification leading to bacterial and viral infection. To avoid this minimize your drinking and also accompany your drinks with water to balance the effects of the drinks.
5. Climate Changes
Travelling between two different climates can cause your body to be susceptible to illness. People travelling from winter to a warmer climate usually become sick come back to the cold weather. The cold affects the immune system of your body allowing to attack.
Below are Things to Do When You’re Sick during Your Travels:
1. Use your first aid kit
When travelling to a new destination, always carry along your first aid kit. Being prepared for a cold, mild headache and allergies, the normal pain relief medications and antihistamine will be helpful on your trip. The first aid kit will also contain bandages and antibiotics.
2. Drink plenty of fluids
Travelling on air can be so dehydrating. Ensure to drink plenty of water and other clear fluids. If you have gastrointestinal issues you could supplement water with electrolyte drinks like Pedialyte which can be found over the counter at most pharmacies and convenience stores
3. Don’t panic
Most travel-related illnesses won’t require a doctor’s attention not unless you have prolonged fever. Take a day to relax in your hotel room, enjoy a warm bath, drink hot lemon tea and nap until you feel better. As you gradually improve, do not overexert yourself take it easy as your body adapts to the place.
4. Choose your meals wisely.
If your problem is mainly gastrointestinal avoid difficult-to-digest foods. Skip out on sampling some local delicacies and stick to the normal diet you are used to.
Understanding the signs of something more serious
You should monitor your body responds to the normal medication and know what to do if you feel you are getting more serious. Depending on your location in the world, and what you are experiencing, some serious diseases normally start off as mild symptoms and should be treated quickly. An example is Malaria. If you are in a country that Malaria is an endemic disease then you should seek medical attention as soon as you feel the symptoms accompanied by fever.
There are many options and Things to Do When You’re Sick during Your Travel:
1. Find a good doctor
When travelling within your country, then it is easier to get a doctor or a hospital that is covered by your insurance. You could call your insurance company and ask for a reference to a hospital or doctor near to your present location. If you are abroad then you could check helpful sites like the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers which offer guidance and recommendations to travellers in need of medical care.
2. Contact your embassy or Consulate
If you feel sick and are in a foreign land where you could experience a language barrier or any other problems, you can call your embassy. The members of staff can recommend local health care providers or suggest the best hospitals for you. They can also assist in funds transfer, arrange for transport and even notify your family back home. One of the major roles of the embassy is to assist their citizens in such situations.
After taking all the precautions and treatments and then not experiencing any change, then you may have to change your expectations of the trip. This can be the hardest decision to make considering the amount of time spent on planning for the trip and the money spent. However, with a great attitude, you could make the most out of the situation.
Travelling is part of life’s journey. You need to enjoy the moment one day at a time, you might not be able to do much but you can take a walk, meet new people and make lasting relationships with friends and new acquaintances. Stay Safe and Enjoy the Trip!
Always make a point to research on your destination before travelling. Prevention is the best medicine and it starts with the getting the right vaccinations before the trip, washing your hands well and often and maintaining high standards of hygiene.