Every time I would eat something, an intense pain in my stomach would present after about 20 minutes. Normally, I could just phone up my doctor and see what was the matter. However, I was in Italy, far away from anything or anyone that was familiar to help me with my sickness. It is every traveler’s nightmare. You’re sick on vacation and have no idea what to do. Rather than wasting your whole vacation being sick or panicking and in the process stressing to the point of exhaustion, there are a number of things you can do when you get sick on vacation to stop the problem in its tracks and carry on with your trip.
Take It Easy: Take it easy. It’s not only the title of a good song, but it should also be your motto if you do get sick on the road. Most travelers are on limited time for their vacations. The last place you want to be is in the hotel room sleeping off a cold. While you might waste some of your vacation time being sick, you will ruin your entire vacation if you try to fight your illness. If you overexert yourself by lugging your luggage or trying to press on with a full itinerary, you will only prolong your illness. Sleep and rest are always the best medicine when you are sick on vacation.
Pack a Sick Kit: It is always a good idea to cover your bases with medicine when you travel. Before you jet set, you should go see your doctor and talk about what medications to bring for where you are going, the types of activities you will be doing and for your medical history. Travel related illnesses such as stomach bugs could be nipped in the bud if you have medicine with you. If you are prepared, you can call your doctor immediately and find out what you can take right on the spot. By being one step ahead of a cold or flu in the packing department, you won’t waste time searching for a pharmacy.
Know Your Medical Lingo For Foreign Pharmacies: When I had a bad stomach bug in Italy, I headed to the pharmacy for help. Telling the pharmacist my problem was similar to that of a bad game of charades. Pharmacies in foreign countries can be incredibly intimidating. However if you get sick, these spaces will be your saving grace. If you are traveling internationally, be sure that you have a language app for where you are going or a dictionary that includes medical terms and phrases. Having an idea of what you need to ask for is crucial in destinations where you don’t speak the language.
Schedule More Down Time at the Beginning and End of a Trip: While you can get sick at any point on your travels, you are at your most vulnerable when you are sleep deprived and run down. If you are flying to your destination, you might be jet lagged and tired from the journey. Travelers who launch right into jam-packed schedules are opening the door for getting sick. If you schedule more down time at the beginning and end of your vacation, you stand a better chance of not catching that cold on the plane or any other germs you might encounter while your system is at its weakest.
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