Feeling Crappy On Your Honeymoon Feels Like… Crap

I’m sorry to break this to you, but there’s a really good chance that you’re going to get sick at some point during your honeymoon. Between eating strange new foods, sitting next to sickly airplane passengers, and mostly just getting over the stress of planning your wedding, your immune system will indeed be working overtime.

So, what can you do to reduce the risk of falling ill? Aside from bringing a two-week supply of food from home and wearing a face-mask at all times (gasp – just think of the tanlines!), there’s not a lot you can do.  However, it’s smart to plan ahead and bring some medical supplies just in case your health takes a turn for the worse.  No, you don’t need to bring an entire pharmacy in your suitcase, but in addition to any medication that you currently take, consider packing the basics: acetamenophin, ibuprofen, antacid tablets, aloe vera, and bandaids.

Though if you really want to cover your bases, you should also think about where you’re going on your honeymoon, and pack additional items accordingly.  Will you be in a remote resort miles away from a major town? Will you need to deal with language barriers if you need to go to a pharmacy?  Are you a hypochondriac?  If so, it sounds like you should maybe bring some extra supplies.

And if you do end up getting sick, it won’t be the end of the world.*  Does it suck?  Of course, but hopefully your body will recover pretty quickly and you can get back to your usual honeymooning self.

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*Did I get sick during my honeymoon?  You bet I did.  I was sick as a dog for the last 2 1/2 days while we were staying on an island in Vietnam.  My husband had to take a 30 minute boat ride to the mainland each day to get food for him and medicine for me.  I thought I just had a bad flu, but I started panicking when I noticed the freaky rash that broke out on my hands while we were flying back home.  Turns out, it was just a really bad flu virus, but my mom is still convinced that I picked up dengue fever or another terrible disease.

Would my honeymoon have been better if I didn’t get sick?  Duh.  But really, I think this was the world’s way of telling me that I had enough sun and beach time.  My skin will thank me someday.

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