What to do in case of travel illnesses

Even if you are only going away for a few days, good preparation is always worthwhile. You don’t want to start your trip badly because you’ve suffered some ailment: jet lag from a plane trip, motion sickness on the bus or car, or your body is having trouble adapting to the local climate.

Motion sickness on the bus, car, plane, train or on a ship

Any mode of transportation can cause motion sickness. You may start to feel restless, especially when it comes to a longer ride. Symptoms may occur such as cold sweats, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea. This usually goes away when the ride is over. There are several medications available that can reduce or even prevent your motion sickness. They ensure that nerve signals are reduced, which will make you calmer during your trip. The only disadvantage is that these medications will make you sleepy. It is best to take them before the trip starts, but they can also work if you only start to get sick during your trip.

Some natural remedies to prevent motion sickness

  • If possible, open a window to get fresh air.
  • Close your eyes and try to get some sleep.
  • It is advisable not to stare at moving objects such as waves or moving cars.
  • Do not read while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Focus on a stationary object.
  • Avoid heavy meals and alcohol while traveling.
  • If you feel like you’re going to vomit, have some rusk, a cracker or a carbonated soft drink to calm your stomach.


Jet lag

When you travel to a different time zone, you may start to experience jet lag. Your body will need time to adjust its biological clock to the new hour of the relevant time zone. One may begin to suffer from fatigue, insomnia, diarrhea and confusion, among other things. It depends on the duration of the journey and the direction of travel whether it will bother you much. To prevent jet lag, it is therefore important to adjust your biological clock to the time of your destination a few days before you leave. Push your schedule forward or back depending on where you’re going. The longer you have to fly, the longer your adjustment will need to be. You should also drink often before and during your flight to prevent dehydration. It is better to avoid alcohol and caffeine, because they dehydrate your body even more and can disrupt sleep patterns even more. Don’t eat too much and especially not greasy food.

Altitude sickness

The low oxygen content in the air at high altitudes can cause altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can occur at altitudes above 2000 metres. Complaints may include headache, shortness of breath, nausea and fatigue. The susceptibility of altitude sickness varies from person to person. If the symptoms are less severe, it is advisable not to ascend any further and give your body time to adapt to the altitude difference. If you are in danger of falling unconscious or hallucinating, it is important to return to a lower level as quickly as possible.

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