Okay, so this one hits a special place for me. Oh, how I wish someone would have told me this before I embarked on month-long journeys.
Little fact about me, I have a VERY weak immune system. Weak immune system + the absolute mess that travelling is = a very sick Ellis.
How do I overcome this? Well first, prepare for the worst. Get health insurance. Just do it. My good friend came to visit me in Australia and broke her foot the first week. Life happens, you don't want to be out thousands of dollars.
Okay, now that we have that down, my second piece of advice is bring as many natural preventatives and solutions as possible. In other word, lots of drugs.
Here are a list of some of my faves & why:
Vitamin C // This is a great immune system booster. Take a high quality Vitamin C everyday for maximum health benefits and absorption.
Oil of Oregano // Oil of oregano is incredible for when you can feel yourself getting sick. It will kill a lot of that bad bacteria. I bring it in capsule form to make it easier to transport.
Garlic Tablets // These are good to take every day or when you feel a bug coming on. They will help strengthen your immune system and have natural anti-bacterial properties.
Probiotics // Probiotics are healthy bacteria. They are very important for your gut health and certainly aid in keeping you healthy overall. They are great to take when you're taking oil of oregano and garlic tablets in order to ensure you still have a good amount of healthy bacteria in your body. Take them at least two hours apart from garlic tablets and oil of oregano because you don't wanna go killing all that good probiotic bacteria.
Immune Support // I have an awesome little travel sized immune support + zinc spray. It is designed to quickly deliver immune-building ingredients such as zinc, colostrum, echinacea, reishi mushroom, bilberry, and blueberry.
Aside from drugz, my biggest tip would be bring earplugs, an eye mask and maybe some melatonin to help you get sleep.
For me, lack of sleep comes with a lot of unpleasant side-effects. If you're go-go-go your entire trip you'll wear yourself out. No one wants to spend their globe-trotting days sleeping the whole time so when you give yourself time to rest, ensure you do so as efficiently as possible.
I hope you picked up a tip or two. Healthy travels!!!