No one likes to be sick, ever, but when you’re so far from home in an unfamiliar place, it can be hard to cope.
If you’re following me on Instagram, you may know that on my trip to London earlier this month, I was sick. Unfortunately I was hit with a nasty stomach bug and this was my first solo trip over seas. Long story short, I became sick on the airplane when we were dropping altitude on our way to land, and by the time I got off the plane and into Heathrow Airport, I was nearly passing out. Scary stuff. Once I gathered my bearings, I had to still collect my baggage and figure out how to use the underground and had over an hour long journey from there. Needless to say, I spent the rest of my day in bed. Luckily nothing worse happened and now, here I am, to share my tips for coping with you!
1. BREATHE! This can be a really scary experience, and the last thing you need happening is a panic attack.
2. Be Logical. Think logically, take deep breaths and try to find a solution. For example, in my case I went to the first bathroom off the plane until I felt that I was stable enough in my mind and body to continue on my way.
3. Have Contact. Have someone either back home, or at your destination that you can update. I immediately texted my Mom which is unfortunate for her as it was 3:30am in Canada. She was able to keep my head straight and this way if anything happened to me, she would know where I last was and could be of help. Just a hint: Try to use wifi and Facetime/iMessage (Skype, Whatsapp etc.) to try to save some money. I didn’t think of this at the time, but luckily texting didn’t put me too far back financially on the cell phone bill.
4. Get something in your system! If you’re feeling faint, just a few candies like “Werthers” can be a big help until you can get something with a bit more substance. Pure juice, fruits and veggies are really wonderful for fueling you if you can stomach it. And don’t forget to keep hydrated with water! Gatoraide and Poweraide can be helpful also. Listen to what your body is asking for!
Before you go:
Before travelling, to try to avoid bad situations from getting worse, I suggest having a few rules implemented into every trip:
– Plan where you’re going ahead of time. Know the route to get there ahead of time. It takes away from the stress of trying to figure it out by the seat of your pants.
– Let someone know where you’ll be and when and keep them updated! My Mom had my flight number so she could see when I landed. And we arranged I would text her so she had her phone on beside her during the night so she would hear it. This way if they don’t hear from you they will know something is wrong and can take the appropriate steps to find you.
– Have a mini first aid kit with anything you may need to deal with pain, allergies, injuries etc. You don’t want to be without and don’t want to spend your hard saved money on a new box of bandaids at every place you travel to (speaking from far too much experience).
– Have health insurance! Luckily I didn’t have to use mine, but there were a few times I was wondering if I would need it! It’s always best to be safe than sorry! Never skimp out on this!
Hopefully you’ll never have to be sick on the road, but you never know when it’s going to strike! It’s always best to be as prepared as possible.
What are your tips for being how to handle being sick while traveling?