Traveling to a new place can be exciting and fun! There is a sense of adventure for exploring the unknown and discovering all the new things there is to be discovered. Being in a new place, though, can be discomforting when you get sick. You don’t have access to your go-to places and feel so miserable trying to find the necessities to get better.
That’s why when I travel, these 5 things are absolute essentials on my carry-on. They will help you get through most travel bugs wherever you are:
1. Lavender Essential Oil – Essential oils have powerful medicinal properties with no side effects. I prefer lavender essential oil because it has universal healing properties and can be used in a variety of ways.
It helps to de-stress, so it’s great if you’re feeling tension or have trouble sleeping in a new place. It can also be applied on the temples for relief of headaches. If you get a bug bite, rash or skin irritation, apply the essential oil directly on the site and you will notice the improvement in your skin.
I also love lavender essential oil because it is gentle enough to apply on the skin directly without the use of a carrier oil. Essential oils are anti-microbial, so they’re great as hand sanitizer. You can also apply a few drops on a paper towel or tissue to sanitize the airplane tray table. If you start feeling a bug coming on, start smelling the lavender to kill the germs.
2. Activated Charcoal – Activated charcoal is typically used for poisonings, such as alcohol poisoning or ingestion of toxic chemicals. Activated charcoal can also be used for food poisoning as well.
When traveling, you may be eating out more, which means risk for ingredients your body is not used to or unsanitary handling of food. Activated charcoal is highly recommended for those with food sensitivities who dine out. The activated charcoal will absorb toxins within your body and is then eliminated out from your system through your bowels.
One word of caution – do not take any medications within an hour before or an hour after you take the activated charcoal as it may render the medication useless.
3. Digestive Enzymes – When dining out, you may be eating bigger portions, which also may include more fat and protein than you are normally used to at home. Digestive enzymes are great to take during a meal to give an extra boost of enzymes to help your digestive tract break down food more efficiently. They can help relieve gas, bloating and constipation due to indigestion.
4. Ginger Tea – Ginger root is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Ginger tea is super portable and easy to drink when you’re traveling. If you start feeling a cold or flu coming on, start drinking some ginger tea to feel better. Ginger tea is also effective for nausea, so drink up to get relief from motion sickness or food poisoning.
5. Green Juice – I totally believe in the power of prevention. It is better to try to boost your immune system with superfoods nutrition so you don’t get sick in the first place. Plus, fueling your body with good nutrition increases your energy so you can have more fun and prevent symptoms of jet lag.
Since it can be difficult to find a nearby cold-pressed juice bar in certain areas, make a travel pack of some green juice powder. It’s a super easy morning routine and is more nutritious and energizing than coffee.
These things are simple and easy to pack, even for a light traveler like myself. As always, stay safe and remember to have fun on your vacation. Happy travels!