What to do When You Get Sick on Vacation

sickness while travelingGetting sick at home sucks enough. But when you’re on a fun and special vacation, it can truly be a buzzkill. Here are a few things you should do if you get sick on vacation!

  1. Stay Calm

This is one of the most important things you should do. Yes, getting on a special vacation sucks. But, complaining or stressing about getting sick isn’t going to help. In reality, it will only make you feel worse.

  1. Do Minimal Activities

Being sick on vacation doesn’t mean you have to be cooped up in the hotel for the entire time. If you feel fatigued and weak, you could always take a bus tour. This will allow you to comfortably sit and relax while simultaneously enjoying the city you’re in.

  1. Stay Hydrated

If you really want to power through your sickness in no time, then stay hydrated. Drink water, fresh juice, and hot tea. But don’t drink too much caffeinated tea because that will make you more prone to dehydration.

  1. Take Advantage of Amenities

If you’re confined to your hotel room for a day or two, take advantage of the amenities. In other words, lay in a robe all day and watch whatever you want on TV. You could even enhance your comfortability by asking for more pillows. And if you really want to be waited on throughout the day, order your food through room service.

  1. Use Your Own Sick Kit

Sometimes it can be hard to find the right medicine when you’re in a foreign country. That’s why it’s important to pack a sick kit just in case. A sick kit is basically a small kit full of medicine and other things that can soothe you if you’re sick. If you can’t bring an entire box of medicine, at least bring enough o carry you through a day or two.

  1. Prepare for the Worst

Even if you don’t feel completely sick, but start to feel stuffy, fatigued, or sore, start treating yourself like you’re already sick. If you begin taking multivitamins, staying extra hydrated, and getting more than enough sleep, you will most likely be able to beat the cold before it even starts.

  1. Call a Physician

Sometimes there’s only so much you can do before you should call a professional. If you find yourself feeling extremely sick, consider calling a local physician. If you don’t know where to find a physician in the area you’re staying in, your hotel’s concierge service can most likely refer you to one.