No matter what you might do to prepare, sometimes it happens…you get sick while traveling. Unfortunately, it can be just a fact of life. Travel can be wonderful, but at times it can also cause us to get a bit rundown. And when that happens, getting sick is likely to follow.
Thankfully, getting sick while traveling is not the end of the world. In this post, we’re going to share with you some of our best tips and ideas for how to manage being sick on the road.
Check Your Insurance
Most people already have health insurance in their home country. This is going to work perfectly fine when traveling domestically. But, if you’re heading out on an international trip it’s a good idea to contact your insurance provider and see exactly what is covered.
Consider Travel Insurance
If you’re traveling out of the country, consider purchasing travel insurance before you go. This will allow you to have medical coverage in places where your current health insurance might not cover you. It’s always good to have a backup plan, and this will ensure you can go see a local doctor without paying huge fees.
Visit the Local Pharmacist
When traveling internationally, as soon as you start coming down with something consider making the pharmacist your first stop. Most every major city will have one (look for a green cross). The pharmacist will be able to give you some medication that will help with your symptoms and get you back up and up and running in no time.
Stop By a Medical Clinic
In many countries and here in the US there are a number of medical clinics open to help if you’re sick. This is often a better choice than going to the ER, especially if you’re illness is relatively minor. You won’t have to wait and the doctors and nurses there will be able to run any tests and prescribe medicine from there.
Wherever you’re traveling, both home and abroad, it’s always a good idea to bring a few supplies with you. Have a baggie in your luggage ready to go with cold or flu tablets, allergy medication, throat spray, supplies for an upset stomach, and aspirin. These will likely cover the vast majority of problems you might come across while traveling.
Get Some Rest
It can really stink getting sick on a trip. The last thing you’re going to want to do is to stay in the hotel while everyone else is out having fun. But, the best thing you can do to stop things from getting worse is rest. Don’t feel bad, instead drink plenty of fluids, climb in that comfy hotel bed, and binge on your favorite daytime tv for a day or two.
While it’s no fun being sick while traveling, it doesn’t have to put a total damper on your trip. Know some of these tips ahead of time and you’ll be well prepared for anything that might come your way.