The 5 Travel Essentials You Need to Pack

20 March 2017

Got a big trip coming up?

Whether you are heading down south to soak up some rays, going on a quick business trip, or exploring an exotic destination, it’s important to be prepared.

We all know that things can get kind of hectic in the midst of travel prep. That’s why it’s easy to forget a few essentials that’ll make your travels go a little smoother.

Here’s a list of the 5 must-haves to stay healthy during travel:

  • Hand Sanitizer

Public spaces like airports, public transit and tourist attractions are breeding grounds for germs. To help reduce your chances of getting sick, make sure to pack some hand sanitizer in your bag for when washing your hands isn’t an option.

  • First-aid Kit

A first-aid kit is something useful to have on hand in case of minor trauma (cuts, scrapes, strains, etc.). Some basic items to include are different-sized bandages, antiseptic wipes, thermometer, instant ice packs, and tweezers. If you want to keep a more complete version at home or in your car, check out the Canadian Red Cross’ recommendations.

  • Healthy Snacks

It can be tempting to want to indulge during your vacation, but eating a well-balanced diet will provide the body with the nutrients needed to fight off illnesses. Some easy, on-the-go snack options include nutrient-rich fruits (just make sure they are thoroughly washed before taking a bite) and pre-packaged nuts. And remember to drink lots of water to stay hydrated and keep the systems of your body working at optimal efficiency.

  • Workout Gear

If travelling isn’t part of your regular routine, it can be easy to skip the things that are (like your fitness regimen). But physical activity plays a vital role in our health, wellbeing and quality of life. That’s why the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends 2.5 hours of physical activity per week for adults.[1] So make sure to pack your workout gear on your next trip to stay motivated.

  • Boiron Homeopathic Medicines

Travelling can be hard enough on the body as it is, so don’t let illness put a damper on your trip! Take Oscillococcinum at the first sign of flu-like symptoms to help relieve body aches, headache, fever and chills. For muscle and joint pain that can come from sitting in the same position for too long, you can rely on Arnicare. If you are prone to motion sickness while travelling, keep Cocculine readily available. And for those pesky insect bites? Use Dapis Gel to alleviate pain and itching. Think of Cicadermine as well for your skin and nasal irritations.

You’re all set to head off on an adventure!

What are your travel essentials? Tell us in the comments below.

These homeopathic medicines may not be right for everyone. Always read and follow the label.

[1] http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/hl-mvs/pa-ap/07paap-eng.php

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