How Not to Get Sick and What to do if You Already Are

Jun 13, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_SkyleeLawton_Sydney_Headshot.pngSkylee Lawton is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Skylee gives us her best tips on how to avoid getting sick, and what to do in case you already are.


I am currently writing this blog post on my phone, in the Sydney International Airport waiting for my plane to New Zealand. The only problem is that I got sick yesterday and yes, it does suck. Once I realized something was wrong I immediately FaceTimed my mom and she connected me to our close family friend Bob. Bob just so happens to be the best emergency room surgeon, so I always go to him for help because he is literally there for my family 24/7.

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After I told him my symptoms, he concluded that I was extremely dehydrated. This makes sense as I really haven't been drinking a lot of water and my body has been overloaded with excitement. Since I am already sick, this post won't help me, but hopefully it will help someone else is traveling abroad. This is, I guess, more informative than the rest of my blogs and for some, maybe a little repetitive.

Here's how not to get sick and what to do if you already are:

1. Drink a lot of water.

Seriously. If you don't know what dehydration is, I am going to tell you. It's constant switching between being freezing and sweating. It’s feeling nauseous, weak, exhausted, and sore all at the same time. It's not something you want to deal with when traveling.

2. Be prepared to get homesick.

I can't count how many times I FaceTimed my mom and just wanted to be back home. It's natural, but it is a struggle. And make sure that you do have a strong support system because when you are alone and sick, everything magnifies.

3. Bring medicine.

I have been switching between Motrin and Tylenol and I couldn't imagine going without them. I actually did not pack my own medicine set because I’m a bad packer but my mom was thankfully prepared and had a whole kit made up for me.

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4. Use medical centers.

I am lucky enough to have Bob, but not everyone has their own Bob. The medical centers here are of high quality and if I didn't get help from home I probably would’ve spent all day yesterday at some kind of care facility. We do have insurance on this trip so it would've been best to go to a doctor here but I am stubborn and getting out of bed was rough.

5. Rest.

Even though traveling is incredibly amazing and there’s so much to do in a short amount of time, it is important to find time to sit back and relax. Doing too many activities in a short time period can be exhausting. Also, when booking things such as a bridge climb or a trip to Cairns, remember that you need some relax times between events for eating and/or relaxing.

Of course, this is definitely repetitive and CAPA as well as other school orientations go over most of this, but I totally understand that it can be hard to pay attention to. Think of this list as more of an online reference that can be added on to by someone other than me.

Hopefully I'll get back on my feet to have a great time in New Zealand. Check out my blog next week to see how it went!

Thanks Skylee!

Skylee's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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Topics: Sydney, Australia, Getting Sick