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Travelling sick sucks: Travel Tips to staying healthy

Travelling sick really sucks so make sure you read our travel tips on staying healthy while travelling to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

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Travelling sick sucks especially if you end up in hospital!

There is nothing worse than travelling sick.

Not the kind of sick that leaves you with a little bit of the sniffles. I mean proper sick. The kind where your body aches in every nook and cranny.

Your throat feels like it is filled with sandpaper and your head pounds with the sounds of a construction crew.

Sitting in a hotel room staring out the window in some foreign city watching all the other tourists gorge themselves on sights while all you want to do is curl up at home and let your Mum look after you really sucks.

Travelling sick sucks especially if you end up in hospital!

Travelling sick sucks especially if you end up in hospital!

Actually there is something worse…

And that is when you have a trip coming up and you can feel the start of a cold coming on.

We had planned to go Mountain Biking in the north of England over the weekend and had even pre-booked our accommodation at the local YHA in Kielder. Unfortunately all week I have had the effects of one of those very colds.

Waking up bright and early on a beautiful Saturday morning with our bags packed and bikes set up I knew immediately that there was no way I could enjoy myself on this trip. I felt like shit.

There was nothing to do but cancel.

I had done everything right. I was a pill popping maniac. A few lozenges here, Vitamin C there. Nothing helped and the flu hit me like a tonne of bricks.

Could I have battled on and gone on the trip. Sure I could have. Would I have felt sorry for myself the anytime. You betcha.

We want to make sure that you don’t feel like me and get to enjoy your holidays! So these are our top travel tips to stay healthy while travelling:

Healthy eating and maintaining a balanced diet

Travelling and maintaining a healthy diet. “Pffff as if” you are thinking! Well let me tell you it can be done. Eating right will not only help keep you healthy it will also keep you on top off the world giving you the energy to continue exploring.

Vending machine lights will attract travellers like moths to a flame. Make sure you grab your 5 a day with local fruit and veges which will always be cheaper than that greasy kebab at the corner market stall.

Fruit and Veges Staying Healthy Travelling Sick sucks

Keep hydrated

If you are a frequent plane traveller then you will know that you will become dehydrated when you fly. And it is not just your insides. Your skin will become dry as well so remember to use moisturizers and fine sprays to keep your skin moist too.

Staying fit

The temptation to relax at all inclusive resorts can be alluring. However, just be aware that if you do then you are more likely to put on those few pounds that you probably tried so hard to shed before you started travelling.

If you are like us then you probably stay reasonably active on holidays. But you don’t have to go mountain biking in Canada or diving in the Red Sea to do that. Instead of catching a taxi or bus across town consider hiring a bike or using those two things sticking out the bottom of your pants. Yes, your feet!

Stay healthy by biking in Paris on the velibs

Stay healthy by biking in Paris on the Velibs

Get lots of Sleep

Travelling across time zones will quickly screw up your body clock. Unfortunately it is one of the hardest tips to set right. With your head nodding onto your chest do you try to grab an hours sleep when you arrive or party till you drop?

We recommend fitting in with the local time zone immediately. If it is the morning when you arrive then make sure you stay up till at least the evening. This will help you adjust quickly while still giving the rest you need to stay healthy while travelling.

Keep your paws clean

I was horrendously sick when we visited Marrakech and we could never pinpoint what went wrong. I don’t know whether it was the food I ate, the snake that was forced around my neck and made to kiss or something I touched. All I know is that I lost 8 kilograms in 2 weeks.

We wash our hands with alcohol sanitizer after we handle money or go to the bathroom when we are in foreign countries. It is disgusting not knowing what other people have done and then not washed their hands. So take all the precautions you can as well.

Wash your hands after handling snakes in Marrakech

Wash your hands after handling snakes in Marrakech

Medicines and Vaccinations

While you don’t have to carry a suitcase of spare meds as most places will stock the standards like paracetamol, cough drops and other pain killers. It is wise to carry spare prescriptions with you and translate lists of medications you usually use if you are headed to a foreign country.

If you regularly take medicines such as for asthma like myself then you know how much of a pain in the ass it can be if you run out or misplace your inhaler.

If you are headed somewhere that may require vaccinations then make sure you plan those well in advance. Some may require several doses over the course of a couple of months.

Better safe than sorry

These are pretty basic travel tips, but the basics are the ones that most of us often forget. Our greatest piece of advice is just to stop and consider everything you do, before you do it.

If the food doesn’t look quite cooked, or the water is cloudy, or that dude offering to shake your hand just sneezed into it then it might be worthwhile skipping it.

You do not want to end up like me at the moment and be travelling sick!

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. Monica

    February 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Great advice. There is nothing worse than being sick while travelling but most of the time you never really know what it was that made you sick.
    I’d also add that you should always try to eat in busy restaurants – even if that posh 5* restaurant ‘looks’ nicer. The busiest places always have fresh food and not something that’s been sat around waiting for a tourist all day.

    I hope you feel better soon!

    • Cole

      February 20, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      Good point Monica about the busy restaurants! You always know it is going to be nice as well if it is packed with locals 🙂

  2. Cathy Sweeney

    February 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Great tips. I rarely get sick while traveling and it’s because I do these things (well, maybe I don’t get enough sleep). My husband swears by Colloidal Silver — uses it when he’s starting to feel a cold or flu coming on.

    • Cole

      February 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Never heard of Colloidal Silver. Will look in to it thanks Cathy! We hardly get sick either but when I do it is the worst man-flu ever haha

  3. Stefania May

    February 20, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Good article but also very important is to have travel insurance that covers you if you get sick or need to be hospitalized

    • Cole

      February 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Haha yea we are pretty clued up on insurance now Stef after all our luck with broken bones and injuries 😉

  4. Sam Kynman-Cole

    February 20, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Nicely said. It's important to take care of yourself so that you can make the most of your travels. Did you really kiss the snake?

    • Four Jandals Travel Blog

      February 24, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      Haha sure did. Pretty sure that's what made me so ill as well.

      • Izy Berry

        March 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        Yeah, I think you got sick because the snake was angry you didn’t give him any tongue 😉 he put some voodoo curse on you – hehe!

        Nice tips. I’ve been sick a few times on the road, sucks, especially when you’re on your own. but it’s life = )

        • Cole

          March 28, 2012 at 3:18 PM

          Hahaha best comment ever! It’s fair to say that Adela didn’t want to kiss me after either 🙂

  5. Sam

    February 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Well timed breaks from alcohol also seem to give your body a better chance of staying flu free and so forth.

    • Cole

      February 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Haha yup a rest from alcohol can make a world of difference. Its amazing how much you can end up drinking on a holiday and then pay for it by getting sick!

  6. Suzanne Courtney

    February 20, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Great tips – when in Marrakech we were advised not to buy orange juice from the stalls in the square. There’s nothing wrong with the juice but apparently the cups are washed in very dirty water… In India handwash was a must have.

    • Cole

      February 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      We drank the juice every day because it was so delicious so it could have been the glasses that made me sick! Unfortunately you never know with these things.

  7. Cherina

    February 21, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    e great list, Cole. I hardly ever get sick when travelling but recently ended up with a horrible case of food poisoning from food that seemed absolutely fine. So annoying when you do all the right things and still get sick. Hope you are feeling better soon!

    • Cole

      February 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Thanks Cherina. Still sick but starting to bounce back slowly!

  8. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    February 21, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    I’m just getting over a nasty cold so I can relate. 🙂 We’ve found that sleep is a big one for us — as soon as we start traveling too quickly and feel run down, we start sniffling.

    • Cole

      February 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Sleep is the key I think. Adela is lucky she can sleep anywhere but I always struggle on planes etc. And hate taking sleeping pills as it makes me feel worse I think.

  9. Laurence

    February 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Travelling sick is the worst – it’s the only time when travelling that I’d prefer to be curled up at home!

    • Cole

      February 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      I hear you Laurence! Nothing worse than missing out on something all because of a cold.

  10. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad

    February 21, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    I think I’ve been pretty lucky with my health on my travels so far, nothing too bad, and I tend to eat from almost every street vendor I find and I while I used to have an alcohol sanitizer bottle, I gave it away after it sat six months in my bag unopened.

    I do agree about the medications. You can’t really trust good medicine being available everywhere. The only time I got sick properly while travelling last year was of course in a small village in the Philippines where the most advanced medicine I could find was four tablets of Paracetamol! So do keep some basic medications (and antibiotics) with you 🙂

    • Cole

      February 22, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      We don’t travel with antibiotics but all the usual medicines we try to carry for sure.

  11. Aisleen Marley

    February 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Brilliant Tips, Hand sanitizer is the ultimate MUST HAVE!

    • Cole

      February 24, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      Thanks Aisleen! Agree with ya there 😉

  12. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    February 23, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    I have been very lucky during my travels. Only one really bad cold that lasted over 2 weeks and 1 case of food poisoning in 16 months of travel. That is mainly because I follow the tips you have outlined here… except I never use hand sanitizer. I figure the germs and bacteria in small portions make my body stronger 🙂

    • Cole

      February 24, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      Never sure if the sanitizer works or not but didn’t seem to in Marrakech! I am just getting over the worst cold I have had in a number of years. Really knocked me back.

  13. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    February 23, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Great tips on staying healthy! My problem is not usually getting sick while I am traveling, but for some reason getting sick once I return! Never fails after a big trip!

    • Cole

      February 24, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      I think that is always the case! We are always run down after a trip as we burn ourselves out and need a holiday from the holiday haha.

  14. Leslie (Downtown Traveler)

    February 25, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Solid tips for staying healthy on the road! I’d agree that hand sanitizer is key especially when traveling in areas without good sanitation or even soap and running water in restrooms.

    • Cole

      February 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      Thanks Leslie! We always wash our hands after handling money or using the bathroom in countries where we cannot drink the water. It’s an annoying precaution but hopefully it works.

  15. The GypsyNesters

    March 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Excellent – and you are right, a lot of it is basics. BUT I need to be reminded about the basics constantly! It’s so easy to get caught up in seeing new things and forgo proper sleep and eating! -Veronica

    • Cole

      March 2, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      We are terrible at not remembering the basics until we are sick and by then it is always too late!

  16. Gelois

    March 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Hello,
    I’m Cuban, I like reading. I visit blogs that are interesting.
    I found your blog and liked it. I hope to visit you often.

    A kiss from Galicia, Spain

    I invite you to visit my blog

    • Cole

      March 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Thanks! Much appreciated 🙂

  17. Lucy | gapyeardotcom

    June 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    You’re so right – nothing sucks as much as being on your travels and feeing ill.

    Looking after yourself can often be overlooked when you are having so much fun 😛 Keep hydrated is the one I always need to remember to do 🙂

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The whole idea about traveling is not to set your feet on foreign lands; it is to put your feet in your motherland. This explains why it is essential to research an area before relocating.

Are you contemplating moving to the Pasadena region of California and still in doubt whether you are making the right decision? Ask anyone who is familiar with Pasadena, and they will not hesitate to tell you that it is a life-changing decision you are about to make. The best Pasadena movers will certainly help you to move to and from the area and are available to help you during this time. So, don’t worry, you do have help as you conduct this large move.

Here are the five fun reasons why people move to the Pasadena area. 

The Weather Conditions Are Amazing

You must think about Pasadena if you are looking for a place with favorable weather conditions all year round. Remember Pasadena is located further inland and at a higher altitude than Los Angeles. The location gives Pasadena the warm to hot Mediterranean-like conditions in the summer months and slightly colder winters and hotter summers. The night temperatures in the winter months will rarely dip below freezing. You can learn more about the wonderful weather in this beautiful place by contacting people who live in the area.

The Schooling System

Pasadena is home to 51 top private schools. The city is the place to be if you are looking for an extraordinary schooling experience. Whether you are a parent who is worried about your kid’s education or a young adult ready to explore the goodies in the education sector, Pasadena is just the right place to be. The South Pasadena region is home to the country’s highly-rated education institutions.  It is best to click here to find out more about different opportunities and scale up your educational aspects in life.

The Green Action

Pasadena is a great place if you are looking for somewhere cool and unpolluted. Pasadena is one of the regions with the strictest climate change and greenhouse gas emission policies in California. The leadership seeks to reduce gas emissions by over 80% by 2050. This explains why you must be part of the state system. That means that you go hiking, and take on other activities like biking and breathe in the fresh air!

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The Old Town Pasadena area gives its residents an incredible selection of local amenities spanning over 21 blocks for dining, shopping, fun, and engaging in exciting things for all age groups. The region offers a wide range of upscale boutiques and retail stores and an endless selection of pubs, comedy clubs, outdoor cafes, and restaurants.

Pasadena has constantly been revitalized into an outstanding global village. The town provides an open-air mall with three city blocks, a shopping district in the South Lake Avenue area, and a classical collection of Arclight Cinemas.

The Homes in the Area

Pasadena provides you with the finest example of the residential architecture of the early 20th century. From Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1923 Millard House to the arts and crafts Gamble House, the Pasadena region is full of old housing models that will remain lingering in your mind. Even though they may not be available for sale, you may have the opportunity to land on residential properties and other craftsman-style homes like the Spanish colonial revival residences that have been in existence from the early 1900s.  

From the incredible sporting history and old-school architectures to the exceptional schooling facilities, find out why this place is fantastic. In particular, the sensible climatic conditions leave everybody yearning to call Pasadena their home.

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Are you contemplating a place to settle down in life? Do you want a place to start a family? Are you looking for a place that will give you an exciting city life with Atlantic scale weather? Then Tulsa Oklahoma, is the place to be.

Here are the reasons why you should move to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Low Cost of Living

Tulsa offers you incredibly low prices on everything. This explains why you must consider Tulsa, Oklahoma, as your next area of residence. Remember, Oklahoma is an oil state, so you don’t need to worry about heating bills as much due to various capacity levels. This makes everything cheap. The fact that Tulsa has room for expansion reveals why it has the least housing costs compared to other regions. Similarly, Tulsa enjoys a lot of healthy business competition and a booming economy that makes life easy.

The Ever-Expanding Job Markets

The low cost of living in Tulsa allows its residents to spend more. This, in turn, yields a favorable environment for businesses to thrive and offer low rates. 

Such an exemplary cycle of consumerism and business yields endless job opportunities.

Tulsa’s low-cost living has also attracted both startups and multinationals to set up their headquarters and branches. Tulsa is home to a wide range of in-demand sectors like those in the information technology, aerospace, finance, and energy sectors.

In fact, most of the initially established industries in the Western and Eastern coasts are evading the stricter regulations and high costs of operation while considering Tulsa as the best place to settle. The resultant moving companies come with lots of job opportunities. Tulsa’s willing workforce, incentive packages, and low operation costs make it a place where every company wants to relocate. This creates enormous job openings.

The Entertainment Is Quite Compelling

Tulsa has every kind of entertainment on your list. From the live music bands to recreational centers, Tulsa Oklahoma, is the place to reside. The Cain’s Ballroom is one of the must-visit places if you want to enjoy all sorts of live music scenes that the American landscape can provide.  

Other areas like the BOK Center and the Brady Theatre will leave you wanting to explore genres like electronica, star performances, and rock.

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Of course, we cannot forget about the gambling opportunities present in the state, either!

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Tulsa is the place to move if you are among the growing number of health-conscious Americans. Tulsa is ranked as one of the healthiest cities in the state of Oklahoma. This makes it a great space to be if you are trying to take control of your health and that of your family. 

The city provides you with lots of healthy feeding options. The Cherry Street market goes to record as one of the health-sensitive farmers’ markets that Tulsa, Oklahoma, can provide. The terrain in Tulsa makes it suitable to engage in healthy sporting activities like skiing, biking, and trail hiking. The Tulsa Runner and the Sun & Sky operations will give great opportunities to get in shape.

Tulsa Oklahoma, takes care of all your health, social and economic needs. From housing and employment to sports and fitness, Tulsa Oklahoma, takes care of all your residential needs.

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How to Make the Most Efficient Use of Space on a Campervan Holiday

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Campervans are a great way to get out and see the country, and the wider world. They’re economical, they’re accessible, and they can be customised to your particular needs. But there are a few inherent drawbacks. You’ll want specialised insurance before heading out on the road, and you might find parking and drive-through fast food a little bit more awkward.

Then there’s space. Almost by definition, a home that’s on wheels is going to be noticeably smaller than one that’s fixed in a single position. Consequently, the space available will be much more limited. Anything we can do to get the most out of the room we have available, therefore, is going to make life on the road that much more comfortable.

Overhead and Underseat Storage

The space in the corners of your caravan interior need to be leveraged. Cupboards and draws beneath seats, and over counters, will free up the room that you can use elsewhere. Just be sure that you aren’t stowing anything too heavy above head height – as you don’t want it to come crashing down when the caravan comes to a halt.

Use Bins in the Kitchen

Just like any domestic kitchen, organisation can help you to get the most from your caravan’s. Nested baskets come in very handy; use them to divide your essentials up. You might have spices in one bin, herbs in another, and hot drinks in a third.

Doors and Walls

The classic storage-hack is to attach items to available empty surfaces. This might mean walls, or it might mean the space on the backs of cupboard doors. You might hang up knives, jars, or utensils. Think about the staples that you’ll be reaching for most often, and how easily you’ll be able to get hold of each of them.

If you want to be extra clever, you might go for magnetic strips. It’s better to go for plastic containers than glass ones, too – that way, if you drop something, you can be sure you won’t have dangerous fragments lurking in the many hidden spots in your caravan.

Vertical Drawers

Vertical draws help to get the best from smaller kitchens. You’ll be able to reach in from either side and pick out whichever item you’re looking for – which effectively means twice as much accessibility as a normal drawer. Make sure that you’ve got sliding locks installed; that’ll make sure they don’t spring open during transit.

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A bed consumes a great deal of room in your caravan – but you won’t want to compromise on comfort by sleeping on the sofa. Think about a bed that can be folded up and stowed away easily. This might mean something that’s modular and collapsible – or a Murphy bed that can be simply picked up and folded seamlessly back into the adjacent wall.

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