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Let’s face it: Nobody likes dealing with an illness while traveling. What’s the best way to handle this unfortunate event, and how can you better prepare your suitcase and your immune system for the next time you travel? Learn more about how to deal with sickness while you’re traveling and decide what to include in your suitcase in case it should happen again.

3 Ways to Deal With Illnesses During Travel

What should you do now that you’re sniffling and sneezing? Consider the three ways below to prepare for a possible illness and cope with your symptoms if you do get sick.

  1. Pack a Sickness Supply Kit Just in Case

Nobody plans to get sick on vacation — but you can still prepare for this event with a few packing tips. In the unfortunate event that you’re stuck in your hotel or rental house for a few days, make sure that you’ve packed a set of comfortable loungewear or pajamas.

Depending on where you’re traveling and which stores you have access to, you may also want to pack over-the-counter flu medicine, vitamin C packets, or nasal spray. If you’ve found yourself in a hotel room without the necessary supplies, ask the front desk if they keep anything on hand or use a delivery app to order them.

  1. Save Your Medical Records in a Combined PDF File

You may have to visit the doctor, an urgent care clinic, or a local hospital if your symptoms worsen. It’s a good idea to prepare a PDF of your medical records ahead of time.

You can use a free tool to create PDFs of other document file types, and you can combine multiple files into one to present to the doctor or nurse practitioner who treats you. If you haven’t done this before traveling, it’s possible to pull the necessary records from your patient portal and combine them with this tool.

  1. Be Careful Attending In-Person Events

Experts recommend staying home for the first two to three days of your illness as you’re most contagious during this time. If you’re not sure if you have a cold, the flu, COVID-19, or another common viral illness, take care not to expose others to the germs. Wear a mask if you do have to go out to avoid spreading the illness to others.

How to Avoid Sickness While Traveling

Ideally, you would avoid getting sick if you could, but this is not always possible. Take the following steps to keep yourself well while traveling:

  • Wash your hands frequently and carry a travel-sized bottle of sanitizer in your purse or pocket.
  • Wear a mask if you walk through crowds or spend time in a busy indoor area (such as a mall or a museum).
  • Eat a healthy diet, opt for water instead of alcohol or soda, and get enough sleep.
  • Exercise outdoors to avoid picking up an illness at a hotel gym.

Avoiding illness is easier said than done — especially while traveling. Follow the tips listed here and ask your primary care practitioner to help you craft an individualized wellness plan if you find yourself frequently getting sick when you travel.