Everyone travels at one point or another in our lives. Whether it be for a much-needed vacation or a work-related travel trip. Getaways are usually something that we look forward to. But, what happens when you start feeling body aches, sniffling, coughing and sneezing? If you contract the flu while you are traveling, there are a variety of things you can do to help get yourself feeling back in tip-top shape.
See A Doctor
If you feel as if you are coming down with the flu, visit a health clinic as soon as you are able. Influenza is not something to be trifled with. You can also ask the hotel concierge or embassy to find where the closest clinic to where you are staying is. Luckily, if you catch it in the beginning stages, the flu can be easily treated.
Vacations are all about rest, aren’t they? The best thing that you can do when you are down with the flu, is to rest. One of the main symptoms of the flu is feeling fatigued. Even if it is a few extra naps here and there, hot showers, and drinking some tea, at least some rest will help you to feel less tired.
If this is not a spontaneous or work-related travel, and you know where you are visiting ahead of time, you can pack an emergency kit to take with you. You can have at least some of the necessary items that you might need, lest you get sick. Some of the items you can pack include Tylenol, for pain relief and fever reduction, Pepto Bismol, if there is stomach upset, a decongestant, etc.
If you do fall ill, one of the most important things that you should do is to make sure that you are drinking enough. Pick up a pack of water, or electrolyte replacement (like Gatorade or Poweraid), as you can lose electrolytes from stomach trouble. As long as you keep on drinking when you can, as much as you can, then you are at less of a risk of dehydration.
The CDC shares a list for travelers on how to prevent getting the flu. A great rule of thumb for prevention is to also get your yearly influenza vaccination. But, if you do find yourself ill with the flu while you are traveling, these tips should help you feel better and still enjoy your vacation.
Passport Health offers influenza and other key vaccinations to keep you safe before, during and after your trip. Call or book online to schedule your appointment today.
Jennifer Passmore is a stay-at-home mom, writer and beader. She loves creating art with her words and through her jewelry. She is also a passionate mental health advocate. You can find more writing at her website Positivity In Pain.