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I’ve mentioned before that when I travel, I work to make sure I have everything I need with me to help me stay healthy and fueled for my activities. I also include items that will be necessary in the case of a travel emergency (read: 10 Must Have Carry On Items For Airport Delays). I’ll be doing two trips back to back in the next week, so it’s never been more critical for me to pack to stay healthy while traveling so I can enjoy the adventures these trips will provide. That’s why I’m so grateful to be partnering with CVS/pharmacy and their #FindYourHealthy campaign to remind me how to take care of myself when I’m away from home. I hope that some of my travel habits help you to travel better as well!
Travel Packing Tips: Preparing to Go
Being ready to go starts days before the plane’s wheels leave the ground, and I’m not talking about packing. I’m talking about preparing myself to resist the assault of germs that will be thrown at me as I go on my journey. Door knobs, handles, counters, and more will be harboring the bacteria and germs from those who came before me, and I want to make sure none of those nasty bacteria choose me to continue their journey.
When traveling, there’s nothing worse then getting ill. I’ve had a few terrible experiences, like my bout with Norovirus, ugh, what a disastrous trip that was. But a cold, flu, or gastrointestinal illness can incubate and explode in time to ruin my vacation. To help avoid this from happening, I eat right and take my vitamins, but for a few days before I go, I also add a drinkable dietary supplement like Air Shield (it also comes in gummies and chewable). It provides extra antioxidants, electrolytes, amino acids, 1000mg of Vitamin C, and seven herbs to boost my immunity system to help it ward off those nasty germs. If you need more immune support, you might try the CVS/pharmacy Chewable Hair, Skin, & Nails tablet in Strawberry/Lemon flavor. I don’t believe it’s vegetarian so I’ve not tried it, but for non-vegetarians it provides Vitamin C, Biotin, and more vibrancy and strength.
Travel Packing Tips: Packing for Health
I’ll pack plenty of santizing wipes! On the plane I use them to clean the fold-down tray, armrest (though I rarely get to use one, my seat mate seems to always take it over – what’s with that??), and anywhere else I touch. And I’ll use them before I eat. It seems like we eat most of our food with our hands now – why is that? With every hand to mouth pass, it’s one more opportunity for those seat germs to make their way into my body, yuck! I also take along a lightweight shirt or blanket. It keeps me warm in the rare case that the plane is too chilly, but it also gives me a block should someone near me have a cough or apparent illness. I just pull it up over my mouth and nose and let it filter the air. Granted, I close my eyes like I’m sleeping or people look at me funny, but hey, let them look, I’m the one who will be less likley to be coughing and sneezing after being infected on the plane.
I’ll also use sanitizing wipes in my hotel room.. While I’ll be staying in some respectable hotels, germs don’t care and they can stay alive and waiting on all kinds of surfaces like the light switches, TV remote, alarm clock, and worse, on soft surfaces like the bedspread, carpet and furniture. I use the wipes to take care of the hard surfaces and my portable air sanitizer for the rest. It kills 99% of the germs on the surfaces in the room and in the air.
But, even with all of these precautions, it’s still possible to get ill. That’s why I pack Naproxen Sodium tablets like All Day Pain Relief tablets from CVS/pharmacy. They take care of fever, but more importantly, the also work for muscle and back pain caused by overuse. I never travel without it! I also take bandages and antibiotic ointment for those blisters I’m sure to get on my feet as well as tweezers to remove any splinters or stray hairs.
Travel Packing Tips: Healthy Snacking
I also pack snacks when I travel. As a vegetarian who chooses natural and organic, it’s not easy to find light meals that I’ll eat in the airport or a hotel snack machine. I want a better quality snack, so I bring them with me. Plus, I’m ready for emergencies like when airports are closed, or we circle waiting for a space to land. I’m ready for anything! I packed the snacks I’ll need on the plane as well as emergency rations in my carry on, and I pack in my checked bag the food I’ll need on the way home and in the hotel room. The benefit of this is twofold. I get great snacks that are good for me, and I have space in my luggage to bring home souvenirs!
But what do I choose for healthy snacks? The first thing on my list is always nuts. My current addiction is Gold Emblem Abound Raw Natural Almonds. They have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. They’re my go-to choice for a protein snack and can even be enjoyed in a pinch in place of breakfast or lunch. I pack fresh fruit as well, generally bananas because they’re so portable and easy to eat, but they bruise easily, and I like more fruit options. Gold Emblem™ Abound makes several dried fruit snacks including Fuji Apples & Blueberry Clusters, Banana Crisps, and Fuji Apple Crisps. All of them are preservative free, gluten free, and artificial flavor free.
For a crunchy and salty snack, one that can be eaten alone or with a small chunk of cheese or packet of peanut butter, Gold Emblem Abound Organic 8-Grain Wheat Crackers are a great choice. With organic oats, flax, and sesame seeds these crackers are delightfully delicious and so clean. I’m also a HUGE fan of the Gold Emblem Abound Sea Salt & Vinegar Flavored Baked Rice Crisps. I know, they sound healthy so you may think they don’t taste good. Ha! They’re incredible! And they pack all that flavor into them without the use of artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. I’ll also love Gold Emblem Abound Goji Berry Blend Trail Mix with its almonds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, dried cranberries, and chocolate dipped goji berries. Yum! It’s like eating my favorite cookie without the dough – so very good! Hmmm…maybe I should make cookies with these!
I also bring along a reusable water bottle with a built-in filter. I realize most water in the US is clean, but because my body hasn’t been exposed to the municipal water in the location I’ll be visiting, there may be something in it that doesn’t affect the locals, but which I may have a problem with. Plus, you never know about the pipes in buildings or where contamination may occur. I also pack a drink like Gold Emblem Abound Organic Cranberry Juice. I triple bag it or bag and box it before I put it in my checked baggage to be sure if the baggage handling is a little rough that I don’t have to wear juice-soaked clothes on my arrival. The juice doesn’t need to be refrigerated until after it’s opened, and I can keep it on ice in my room if a refrigerator isn’t available.
It may sound like I’m packing a lot, but I assure you it’s not. The money I save by buying snacks at CVS/pharmacy and not at the airport or hotel gives me more to spend on my travel, and for me, that’s a great thing. And the items I pack to help keep me healthy, and that gives me a better chance of having a great trip!
How do you stay healthy during your trips? I’d love to hear your tips!