Your travel day has arrived and hopefully you are feeling healthy and rested. Whatever mode of transportation you are taking to arrive at your destination, there are some essentials that will help you during the travel experience and your stay once you are there.
Prepare For Travel:
Bring your earplugs with you as you will greatly appreciate the ability to block out any unwanted noise. If you are traveling by plane, swabbing your nostrils with some coconut or sesame oil will help deter pathogens from entering in through your nose. Motion sickness can be an issue for many people. Not only can this be an issue when traveling, but also a potential problem during your vacation. For example, if your are doing a lot of driving, or perhaps taking a boat tour of some sort. Ginger is a great remedy for this. I have had great success with this ginger syrup from Terra Firma Botanicals. Ginger essential oil and peppermint essential oil works well too. You can simply inhale either one of those oils in their bottle for some relief. Or you can dab a few drops on a tissue and inhale. Sea Bands also work for some people. Those are also very easy to travel with as you are not dealing with a liquid or a glass bottle.
If Sickness Occurs:
Something I have learned the hard way is to expect the unexpected on your trip. There are many potential issues that can arise and it certainly makes it easier to deal with if you are already prepared. For example, you or someone you are traveling with could get sick. Hopefully you remembered to pack your Oreganol because that will help a ton! Terra Firma Botanicals also has a great selection of cold and flu remedies.
Apple cider vinegar is definitely one of those items you should have on hand as there are numerous ailments this helps to relieve. Here is a small list of ways to use apple cider vinegar:
1. Heartburn relief- 1 tsp followed by a glass of water
2. Soothes bug bites- dab cotton ball with apple cider vinegar to relieve swelling and pain.
3. unblock sinuses- take a shot to promote drainage when feeling stuffed up.
4. use as a disinfectant- apply to wounds to help clean them and prevent infection.
5. sunburn- 1 cup in warm bath to sooth discomfort.
6. sore throat- gargle with apple cider vinegar.
7. headache- breath in the fumes of water simmered with apple cider vinegar.
8. food poisoning- take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before consuming food or water that is questionable. If food poisoning develops, take another tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
9. deodorant- swipe some apple cider vinegar under your arms to fight odor causing bacteria.
10. facial toner- mix 2 Tbs vinegar with 4 Tbs of water and apply to face.
11. mouthwash- swish around your mouth for about 15 seconds and brush your teeth afterwards. You want to be sure to wash away the acidity after swishing.
12. constipation- take a shot when feeling backed up. It helps flush out your system.
So make sure you pack some apple cider vinegar with you when you travel or plan to purchase some when you reach your destination. Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap is another product with many uses. It can be used as a shampoo, shaving lotion, face wash, bath soap, hand soap, deodorant, breath freshener, toothpaste, aftershave, body rub, foot bath, massage oil, cooling lotion, and pest spray. They come in a variety of scents to keep that in mind when selecting your soap and they ways you are interested in using it.
Keeping It Clean:
If you are staying in a hotel, it's a good idea to do a little cleaning of your own upon arrival. Some known "hotspots" are faucets, handles, doorknobs, the remote, and countertops. Also, consider removing the bedspread as this will help reduce your exposure to pathogens. Even though you are away from home, try to maintain your exercise habits by either utilizing your hotel fitness center or going outside for a walk or run. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air and vitamin D from those rays of sunlight. These actions will help promote energy, balance, and a good sense of overall health.
Hopefully you have had a chance prior to your trip to do a little homework on where to eat and the best places that accommodate your dietary desires. Try to stick to your normal dietary intake as much as possible. Traveling in itself tends to throw our bodies in a little bit of a tail spin. So if you are consuming an abundance of unfamiliar foods on top of that, well, lets just say that our bodies will most likely rebel in some way. Of course it's okay to splurge and treat yourself now and then, but more often than not, be mindful of the items your are choosing to consume. Your body will most definitely thank you!
I hope you find some of these tips helpful for your travel experience. Remember to talk to your doctor if you have any questions or health concerns you want to address before your trip. A successful trip often requires attentive planning and preparation. A small investment of your time prior to leaving can most certainly reap valuable rewards.
Wishing you a pleasant journey!