It used to be a given that I would get ill when traveling. Anytime I would board a long haul flight, I had that daunting feeling my vacation would kickoff with a guaranteed runny nose, sore throat, headache or canker sore, induced by a lack of sleep, nutrition, stress and germs. But these days, as I travel more frequently, particularly for work, I can no longer afford to look like death slightly warmed up. I need to be fresh, focused and camera ready as soon as I step off that plane. And so, after long hours perusing the aisles of WholeFoods and CVS, and copious amounts of online bedtime-research-reading, I have now created my special stash of wellness-boosting remedies and preventatives that I never travel without, no matter how long or short the trip.
So pop these in your hand luggage to stay sane and sick free when traveling:
1) Ginger Tea:
So many benefits in one bag of tea! Ginger prevents nausea & vomiting associated with motion sickness. It helps improve digestion and prevents belching and bloating. Ginger Tea has anti-inflammatory properties which help ease muscle and joint problems. It helps relieve congestion associated with a cold, it improves blood circulation, relieves menstrual discomfort, can help lower stress and tension and strengthens your immunity due to its high levels of antioxidants. Do you need any more reasons?! Start sipping!
2) Eye Mask & Ear Plugs
Getting enough sleep when you travel is key to keeping your immune system strong, which means a sleep mask and earplugs are a necessity. I have a cozy velvet sleep mask I nabbed from a first class flight on British Airways once, but I’m loving this silky lavender eye mask by Holistic Silk. You may as well sleep in style.
3) Lavender anti-bacterial wipes
Planes and airports are a hub for germs and bacteria. Stay clean and germ free with anti-bacterial wipes, I like EO organic lavender hand sanitizer wipes for their soothing and moisturizing qualities.
4) Back Flower Rescue Remedy
Calm the nerves and stress out of flying with Bach Flower Rescue Remedy. Available in spray or oil form, place a few droplets under your tongue and say hello to relaxation.
5) Fresh cold pressed Apple, Carrot, Beet & Ginger Juice
Ok, so you will not be able to get this on the plane, and it may even be a difficult feat to find in the airport, but before you go through check in, drink this freshly pressed juice for a major immune boost. You’ll feel at ease knowing you’ve had lots of vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy for the trip ahead. (and there’s the ginger again!) And I promise you this one tastes great. Available at WholeFoods.
6) Emergen- C
I’m a huge fan of Emergen-C, not just for trips but for daily usage. It’s particularly good the morning after a long hard night working (or partying). Easy and light to take onto the plane, just pour a sachet in your cup of water and let the vitamin C do its work.
7) Echinacea tablets
Help reduce cold and flu symptoms by popping a couple of these infection fighting vitamins.
8) 100% Raw Coconut Water
Again, you won’t find this on the plane, but most likely you can buy a bottle at the airport. Whenever I feel fatigued, have a headache or am dehydrated, I reach for the raw coconut water, filled with antioxidants, potassium and also low in calories, it keeps me super hydrated and always seems to magically make that headache disappear. (Buy the the brand shown in the picture for the best quality coconut water.)
Other remedies I love which I did not have at home at the moment to photograph but are truly amazing:
Oil of Oregano: extremely anti-microbial, anti fungal, and anti-bacterial. It works wonders when you feel a cold or upset stomach coming on. Drop 4-5 drops of oil in a glass of water and drink away your malaise. Alternatively you can buy it in capsule form.
Turmeric Pills: I could rave on all day about the benefits of turmeric. In a nut shell; it’s anti-inflammatory, has powerful antioxidant properties and immune boosting benefits making it the ultimate traveling companion. I like to use it in its raw form, so if you have it in your pantry as a spice, then use it my favorite way- by sprinkling it in your omelette for an immune-boosting breakfast before leaving for the airport.
Stay happy and well when traveling!