What to Do if You Get Sick While Traveling

Getting while you are traveling is not a good thing to happen to anyone. Traveling alone can be stressful enough therefore an added pressure of being sick also adds to the stress.
There are many reasons actually why people get sick while traveling. Usually, if a person is not feeling well before departure the best thing to do is to take the right preventive medications. That way whatever it is that’s going to happen can be easily thwarted. Recently we completed a grand circle tour that easily could have thwarted our travel plans, but we followed these tips and we able to have a great time.

Capital Reef National Park

Photo Credit: Bruce Tuten

While on vacation, there is also a chance that you get sick, therefore it is better if you can take your regular medications with you. Being on a foreign land usually means getting in contact with germs and viruses that are alien to your body and immune system. Aside from the environment, there is also a big chance that you can get sick from drinking water or consuming food in your destination.

Now, that the common reasons for getting sick traveling have been discussed. It is now time to discuss the best preventive measures.

  • Prior to your schedule, contact your insurance company; make sure that you are covered while traveling. If that is not the case, then you may opt for a short-term medical insurance plan that will cover you while abroad. You need to understand that your regular health insurance may not be useful when being hospitalized in another country. It is therefore essential to clear all these issues with your insurance agency.
  • Always have your health card handy and list down the numbers of your doctor, your closest relative and your insurance company.
  • Your cell phone’s ICE or In Case of Emergency feature must contain all your important contact information.
  • If you have pre-existing condition, consult your doctor and get new prescriptions on your maintenance medications and bring them with you. Your medications may not be available in the country you are going to, so it is best if you are prepared.
  • Do not trust the water from your destination. Always buy bottled water for drinking.
  • Do not be too tempted by exotic looking foods, your foreign stomach may not be flexible for local delicacies. So, if your gut is not that strong, better stay within your regular diet.
  • Always wash your hand whenever you have the chance and anywhere you may be. If there is no clean water available, use a hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid eating street vendors no matter how tempting and delicious they may look.
  • Always check a restaurant’s rest room before you order. If it is clean has towels and hand soaps, then you can conclude that the management observes cleanliness, which means that you can also trust their food preparation.
  • Avoid junk foods too. It may be okay to have them when you are home, but when you are at a foreign place it could be better to eat healthy.

All in all, getting sick while traveling can be avoidable if you take the necessary precautions. But in case you do get sick, just be smart enough not to panic and try to remember all the tips mentioned above.