KC, I feel your pain, bro
I was in Portugal last year was sicker than a daaawwwggg. I was all jacked up. Headache, stomah pains, coughing, flegm, the ruuuuunnnnsssssss, todos las cosas! I didn´t know how to ask for Imodium AD at the pharmacy, so I drank a lot of Ginger Ale (heard it was good for the runs, and it provided some relief). Thats why I recommend (on the tips page) to bring a first aid kit with medicine that you may need for those "you never know" moments
I totally agree with all of your tips. If you pack enough socks and underwear, you won´t have to do laundry all the time. I need that "fresh socks" feeling on my feet each day, especially when I´m on the road traveling. People, pack some plastic grocery bags in you backpack and use one for all of your old socks/underwear.
I think people know that they´ll be walking a lot on their travels, but I don´t think that they reaaaallly know what´s coming their way. All rookie travelers, do as Kerouc said-
my other little piece of advice is, before you go travellin; say two three weeks strap your fully loaded backpack on and go for a two hour walk everyday. i have begun discarding manythings that i now realize are to heavy and just not needed. your feet also need some breaking in to all that weight. so remember two hours every day/ or every other day two weeks before you go.
This will prepare you for the physical part (mental too) of your trip.
Hand sanitizer is a great thing, CD! You know how many cities in Europe have an underground metro? I think I picked up an eye infection by touching one of those railings, then touching my eye. I always carry a little bottle of that stuff in my daypack. Now I just lean on the railings as opposed to touching them with my hands.
Thanks for the update and tips, KC. Hope you get better- fast