Traveling When Sick

Let’s talk getting sick. I’ve got a headache that I wake up with every day. Then it pops up periodically throughout the hours that I’m awake. This weekend, I took off from work and headed down to the beach with Paul and some friends. Super awesome, except for I spent half of Saturday not being my normal beach-going self. I was huddled in a towel and shivering all day. So it was super awesome.


Still smiling, because it’s the beach.

When you’ve planned a trip, whether it be an hour outside of town or halfway around the world, it can really suck to get sick. And if your immune system is anything like mine, you’ve been there before. So what are you supposed to do about it?

I should note that I’m not talking about a hospital matter sickness. I’m talking about those bugs that slow you down, but aren’t going to kill you. I’m less than 0% experienced about or authorized to talk about any other sort of sick!

First step: breathe. Life happens. There’s no use working yourself up about it. Chances are, doing any sort of panicking about how you’re “wasting a day” (or more!) is not going to make you feel any better. Start to focus on getting yourself better. If you’ve got a travel partner, don’t leave them hanging in the dark. Let them know so that they can help you! If you’re going it alone, you’ve got to learn to listen to yourself, so at least there’s a lesson in all of this?

Don’t worry about not getting to see all of the sights. I got a major head cold/sinus infection when I was headed to Dublin in my last couple of weeks of study abroad. Paul and I had all of these fun things we wanted to do, but I was seriously struggling to keep up. It was not helping my body or my mental state. No fun all around. So we said  ‘screw it’ and went to see a movie. Yup. We saw Arthur Christmas one night in Dublin instead of going all-out Irish. And I don’t regret it at all.

Arthur Christmas

Technically this sign was in London. But work with me.

This may be more of a public service announcement, but be mindful of other people around you. The last thing you want is to have people coming up to you next week scorning you for getting them sick. I will be the first to admit that when I’m sick, I don’t give two patooties about anything but feeling better. But for all of us, use those hygiene skills I hope know we all have. At least have some hand sanitizer.

I know this might be unavoidable, but don’t fly if you don’t have to. This is not for the other people around you, so much as for yourself. I’ve been next to somebody that pukes on the plane. It wasn’t fun for me, but it sure wasn’t fun for her. That head cold I told you about? Well, let’s just say my already less-than-ideal Aer Lingus flight turned into a painful explosion of ouch centrally located in my head when we landed.

I can’t look at this without feeling pain.

In conclusion, SLOW DOWN. It’ll help your body get to healing lickety-split and not completely wear you out. Nobody wants that!

Do you have any tips for when you get a bug while you’re traveling?


10 thoughts on “Traveling When Sick

    • Ooh, water is definitely a good tip! I’ll be the first to admit, a foreign hospital would baffle me. But you’re right, sometimes it’s just necessary. All about your health!

  1. Being sick on vacation is always a bummer, but it is definitely bearable! Whenever I travel, I always make sure to bring a little med-kit with me, aspirin, tums, gravol…so if I start feeling sick, I have something tucked away to make me feel better, at least temporarily!

    • For sure! I know some people see it as time ruined. I know it’s hard to see past it, but that’s life, man! I am notorious for getting a stomach bug when my family goes to Disney, so we always have Pepto and DVDs. Haha. Also, I’m allergic to ibuprofen, so Tylenol is a must.

  2. “I’ve been next to somebody that pukes on the plane. It wasn’t fun for me, but it sure wasn’t fun for her.” ME TOO, ME TOO. Hahahaha omg, I forgot about that. Correct me if I’m wrong, but she was wearing head to toe UDel clothing right?

  3. Thanks for checking out my blog earlier! I wanted to come say hi too 🙂 Have you ever had one of those emergency vitamin C packets? It’s like 100% of your daily vitamin in this pouch thing you mix with water. Whenever I think I’m getting sick/feel sick I take a few of those. It might just be mental, but I feel like it makes me feel better. That being said, I love your positive attitude! If you get sick, there’s not much you can do about it, but these tips are great. I love that you went to a movie!

    • I haven’t checked out that Vitamin C, but it sounds like something I need to look at. Regardless of if I’m traveling or not! And thanks! I’ve found 98% of the time that if I’m negative about getting sick…I will just get more sick. So I’ve conditioned myself to be positive. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I am 100% guilty of feeling bad if I feel bad when I’m supposed to be having a fun trip. This is good advice to remember!

    As a note, my immune system was crap for awhile but I started taking Immune C+ (by the makers of Emergen-C that was mentioned above) : It has helped me SO much. Also, my mom swears they help with hangovers so eh, yay for that?

    • I will definitely have to look into these little bundles of magical Vitamin C. I get sick every single change of season multiple times, so hopefully this will help! And, as per your mom, I’ll have to keep them around just in case life gets too crazy. 😉

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