How to Avoid Getting Sick on Vacation

Apr 8, 2014

We’ve all been there… getting sick while you’re traveling frankly just feels like a curse.  But for many people it’s almost inevitable after wearing ourselves down during the vacation preparation stage. If it does happen, arm yourself with a wellness-boosting arsenal and take note of these tried and tested tips from experienced globetrotters.

  • “Getting enough sleep when you’re traveling keeps your immune system strong, which means a sleep mask and earplugs are a necessity. So is oil of oregano, which I like to call nature’s antibiotic. It’s extremely anti-microbial, anti-­fungal, and anti-­bacterial. It works wonders when you feel a cold or upset stomach coming on.”  –Dr. Frank Lipman, integrative and functional medicine physician and founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center
  • “I never travel without lavender anti-­bacterial wipes, Burt’s Bees hand sanitizer, and turmeric pills to boost my immune system. Aesop rose face oil is a wonderful mood lifter, and to calm nerves I take a few drops of Bach Flower Rescue Remedy, made with relaxing flower essences.” –Andrea Gentl, photographer
  •  “I always pack Tylenol or Aleve and a broad-spectrum antibiotic like ciprofloxacin, which one may consider for intestinal issues. It’s also a good idea to get the phone number of a local physician ahead of time. Look for someone who you know will provide the type of care you’re used to.” –Dr. Louis Morledge, internist specializing in travel medicine
  • “I always put a dab of Lucas’ Papaw papaya ointment around my nostrils as soon as I board the plane. It’s moisturizing and seems to keep me from catching whatever the person sitting next to me has. But my new favorite travel companion is the organic oat–based Superfood instant cereal from Vigilant Eats. You just add water or milk.” –Leilani Bishop, model and founder of Leilani Bishop Fragrances
  • “Nothing is more taxing than getting sick in a foreign country and trying to explain your illness to a pharmacist in another language. I’ve learned my lesson—now I travel with the cold and flu medicines that work best for me at home: Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil.” –Michael Williams, founder of the menswear blog acontinuouslean.com


*Tips and tricks provided by Conde Nast Traveler