Other lifestyle causes
Another cause of getting sick on holiday is thought to be can be used by the sudden change in your normal lifestyle. Throughout the year you follow a certain rhythm of eating, sleeping, working and relaxing. Once you arrive at the holiday destination, this daily routine is often completely thrown out the window.
We eat differently and at weird times, drink more alcohol, go to bed late and lie in the sun all day. It’s not surprising that our bodies sometimes struggle to deal with this properly. The result: gastrointestinal complaints, headache, burnt skin and general malaise.
Preventing holiday sickness
Do you want to avoid getting sick on your airbed or in your hotel room this year?
Unfortunately, you can’t always prevent holiday sickness. However, there are a few things that you can do to reduce the chance of becoming ill:
Take a few days at home before setting off on your holiday. Are you the type that completes all sorts of jobs at work until the night before departure and then boards the plane with ultra-high stress levels?
Avoid crashing and burning by starting your holiday at home a few days earlier, so that you can chill out at home, leisurely pack your suitcase and adjust to the new routine.
Take it easy with food. Let your body gradually get used to the holiday menu. Don’t start eating super hot and spicy local dishes on the first day of your holiday. Don’t head straight to the pub, but build it up slowly. This prevents symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation and headaches.
Take enough medication with you. With a well-stocked travel pharmacy, you can fight the worst symptoms. An anti-diarrhoea agent, laxative and paracetamol or another analgesic are essential. You should also take an insect repellent, a high-quality sunscreen and (you never know) condoms.
Tip: use a handy checklist when putting together your travel pharmacy.
Happy Summer Holidays!
Sources: BBC, Healthline, Body and Soul