vacation first aid kitI love to travel.  The excitement of visiting a new place, experiencing a new culture and seeing the world brings me to life and has given me an increased sense of appreciation. Although traveling has exposed me to many amazing opportunities, it unfortunately also exposes me to the likelihood of getting ill.  Despite my best attempts to stay healthy, getting sick or having a bout of food poisoning can happen. 

How can you decrease the likelihood of an ailment overseas? Pack the medical essentials. Below is a list of my vacation first aid kit favorites that I like to keep on hand in case I end up sick during my travels.

  1. Ginger chews & ginger gravol

This herbal powerhouse possesses super effective anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties that are perfect for travel.  It works for nausea, digestion, congestion, migraines and aches and pains. 

  1. Rescue remedy

I tend to be anxious when I travel. From the lack of sleep the night before my flight to worrying about losing my luggage, and not knowing the new area or country I soon will be traveling in, stress creeps up and takes its’ toll on my body. Developed by Dr. Edward Bach, Rescue Remedy is a blend of flower essences that works to calm the nerves.  Take a few drops under the tongue and breathe.

  1. Probiotics

These potent creatures encourage a healthy gut, which is important 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 during your travels. Be sure to pack probiotics in your vacation first aid kit. Your tummy will thank you!

  1. Tiger balm, Arnica and Traumeel

I recently visited Oaxaca City in Mexico and spent most of my day walking its cobblestone roads taking in the art shops, museums and archaeological sites (BTW: Monte Alban is a must-see). The downside is I was left with sore feet and stiff hips. Tiger balm, Arnica and Traumeel are excellent creams for temporary relief of sore muscles, joint aches, pains and bruises. Rub a small amount on your achy spots for relief after a long day of touring.

  1. Coconut oil

I cannot say enough about coconut oil.  Dubbed as one of nature’s miracles this miracle oil can be used for many things.  It obtains antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal benefits. It also can be used during your travels as an eye makeup removal, moisturizer (perfect for sunburns), oil pulling or toothpaste and hair conditioner. It can also be applied to cuts and scrapes. Also, try eating a tablespoon or put into tea for a good source of fat intake and boost of energy. Save space in your suitcase and pack the coconut oil as a replacement for many of your daily routines in your vacation first aid kit.

By packing these items into your vacation first aid kit you can enjoy your vacation to its’ fullest!

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