Something as small as an insect bite could make me sick.
A different diet and water can play havoc with my stomach.
A good hike can make my left knee swell.
That's what happened yesterday. I walked/hiked about 14 km in all yesterday and, according to my phone, about 43 flights of stairs. My knee could tell the tale. It was stiff and a bit swollen. Not bad but bad enough that I got some ice from the guesthouse kitchen and applied it.
It got me thinking of the many resources we have in our kitchen or as close as the nearest grocery store to take care of a variety of health problems that can hit while traveling.
None of theses suggestions replace the advice of a good doctor should you not be well. For more serious situations I have my travel insurance to pay for proper medical treatment. (Here's my price and benefits analysis of travel insurance.) However, there are lots that I can attend to myself. Here are my favorite tips for how to prevent and treat illness and ailments as we travel.