5 Tips to Help if You Get Sick While Traveling
I (David) was only two days into our seven-day baby boomer road trip when I somehow contracted a bladder infection along with a painful skin irritation.
For two days, I played “typical male” and pretended that it didn’t exist and desperately tried to wish it away.
However, upon waking in a near fetal position on our third day of the trip, I decided that I had better seek medical attention.
I spent a complete day in bed, missed out on all the fun exploration in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and my wife and friends were threatening to ship me home by UPS if I didn’t get better. Well, not really, but they were concerned with what to do if I didn’t get better.
Thankfully, I did start to feel better after a day of antibiotics.
Here are five things to consider regarding a sickness while traveling:
- Prevention goes a long ways. Make certain to keep hydrated, and liberally use hand sanitizers throughout the day.
- Avoid extremes in your diet, and think twice before you order that second bottle of wine for the table.
- Bring along a home medical kit. The most common travel malady is diarrhea. Be prepared with anti-diarrheal medications, aspirin, etc.
- Make certain that you have your medical insurance card, and an understanding of how your medical insurance works if you need medical attention while out of town. Often, a simple call to a toll-free number will provide you with this important information.
- Listen to your body. Certainly getting sick while traveling is no fun. But, ignoring your bodies warning signals may lead to a far more serious problem. If you must spend a day in bed, then buck up and deal with it. 🙂
Here’s hoping that you are never bent over double with a painful bladder infection while traveling. But if you do, don’t wait two days like I did.
Here’s to healthy traveling!