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Despite our best efforts to stay healthy while traveling, sometimes we get sick, injured, have an unfortunate lapse of food poisoning, or just feel tired. Traveling exposes us to a variety of opportunities that can comprise our systems and increase the likelihood of not quite feeling 100%.
Now that I’m living in Hong Kong, I take frequent trips to explore parts of Asia, and I like to feel prepared in the event I find myself not feeling so great. I’m a natural health junkie, so my luggage always contains a bag of goodies to keep me feeling healthy and nourished even though I’m miles away from home.
Below is a list of items I like to carry with me on trips. Regardless or whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, these are good to have on hand, as they might come in handy.
1. Ginger chews
Ginger is a powerhouse herb. With its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties you definitely want to have this in your purse or pocket while traveling. Ginger is excellent for nausea, migraines, digestion, aches, pains and congestion.
Do you get stuffy on the plane? Me too. Candied ginger is easy to carry and a great way to shake off nausea, motion sickness and indigestion. Ginger People and Chimes make yummy ginger chews that are excellent for travel.
Probiotics encourage a healthy gut environment, which is essential for your entire immune system. Taking probiotics will help maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria, keep your immunity up and digestive system operating healthily.
3. Activated charcoal
This supplement is good for relief from food poisoning, gluten exposure, stomach bugs, gas, bloating and diarrhea. It reduces toxicity by adsorbing chemicals in the GI tract. Be sure to take with plenty of water and stay hydrated.
4. Rescue remedy
Lose your luggage? Flight delayed and missed your meeting? No need to worry. Although this isn’t a magic potion that will solve your problems, it will keep anxiety at bay. Developed by Dr. Edward Bach, this blend of flower essences is sure to keep you chilled out and calm. If focusing on your breath doesn’t work to calm you down, try taking a few drops of Rescue Remedy under the tongue.
5. Tiger balm, Arnica and Traumeel
Excellent creams for temporary relief of sore muscles, joint aches, pains and bruises. All you have to do is rub it into sore spots as needed then relax.
6. Coconut oil
Regarded as one of nature’s miracles, coconut oil can be used for so many things there's an entire book written on it. It has antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial antioxidant and antifungal benefits—explains why it is considered the miracle oil! Some of my personal favorite uses while traveling are: eye makeup removal, moisturizing (great for sunburns), oil pulling or toothpaste, hair conditioner, apply to cuts and scraps. Also, try eating a tablespoon or put into tea for a good source of fat intake and boost of energy.
7. Herbal teas
Take your own herbal tea bags for the flight and hotel so you can enjoy a soothing cup whenever you need. It’s an excellent way to get a boost of nourishment with teas like ginger, peppermint, echinacea and chamomile.
Magnesium serves many functions in the body and yet it is estimated that 80% of Americans are deficient in this very important mineral. It’s a useful addition to your travel kit for aiding in a good night’s rest, proper bowel function and relaxing the nervous system.