Getting ready for our next family trip, we pack minimal essential clothing items, sun protection and active shoes along with our essential oils and water bottles. There are many ways we help ourselves prepare to travel as well as stay healthy while we explore. Here are some Healthy Travel Tips.
Stay Healthy on Vacation with these 6 Healthy Travel Tips
Hydration is important every day and airplane cabins act like sponges. Climate controlled air in the cabin is less than 20% humidity and when compared to normal homes (30-65%) or the Sahara Desert (25%), it is no surprise that you feel dehydrated on an airplane. You can take an empty reusable water bottle in your bag and fill it after going through security or rely on your flight attendant to keep the water glass full.
This summer we visited Crater Lake in central Oregon. The boat tour dropped us off at Wizard Island, which is the volcanic cinder cone forming an island near the west end of the lake. We packed our collapsible water bottles and had refreshing water to drink after climbing and clambering over the volcanic rocks.
2. Sun Protection
With a history of fair skin and general dislike of being sunburned, we use long sleeve SPF shirts and hats to protect our skin against the sun. We also apply mineral based sunscreen on any exposed areas and have found a non-greasy organic spray that actually rubs or soaks into the skin versus leaving a thick white film like some of the alternatives. With our preference for the mineral based sun protection, we learned that the expiration date moves more quickly due to the natural ingredients so keep that in mind when buying your next bottle.
Sunglasses with UV protection are also a must-have to keep the harmful rays out of your eyes. Have you ever sunburned your eyeballs? I have and it is something I highly recommend avoiding. Get ready to spend a little bit extra for the protection and make sure you check the labels before you buy to ensure that you are getting full coverage.
3. Immune Support
No one wants to be sick when away from home. A few days ahead of our travel, we take doTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend soft gels or doTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend beadlets to boost our immune system before we leave. The soft gels contain essential oils from Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaves and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. This powerful combination protects against germy environments (planes, trains, airplanes).
We bring doTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend oil or spray to clean off trays and armrests or use as a hand sanitizer. If you feel that tickle in your throat and want an extra boost, try the On Guard® Protective Blend drops to soothe your throat. At a minimum, we use On Guard® Protective Blend toothpaste to give our systems a kick-start along with cinnamon fresh breath!
4. Sleep Support
I love to sleep. At home or away, using doTERRA essential oils helps me unwind enough to fall asleep in a new bed and then stay sleeping through the night (coupled with good sleeping earplugs!). I grab the doTERRA Lavender Touch rollerball and rub it on the bottom of my feet to start unwinding. A few drops of doTERRA Serenity oil blend in a portable diffuser, adds moisture to dry hotel rooms and provides restful support. The Serenity® Restful Blend is a proprietary blend from doTERRA and includes Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood.
Stuffiness from new, unknown allergens or any cold/virus make traveling uncomfortable. A doTERRA Breathe® Respiratory Blend drop can open up a stuffy head almost instantly (and has the side benefit as a breath mint). For kids or chest congestion, the Breathe® Vapor Stick is a portable option that is used directly on the skin. To open airways while sleeping (helping you stay asleep!), add a few drops of the Breathe® essential oil to a portable car diffuser and everyone benefits.
Last summer we explored the mountains in New Mexico and the combination of new plants and dust plus the altitude made me gasp for air. I was able to help open my airways when I used a few drops of the Breathe® oil on my chest and a drop under my nose.
6. First Aid
Minor bumps and bruises are to be expected, even if you are not an adventure traveler. A small carrying case with 1-2 ml bottles is an easy way to bring your favorite collection of first aid items. We hike in our local forests and have been bitten by various bugs, walked through unknown greenery that sometimes hides itchy surprises and tripped on roots causing minor bruising and scratches. In these moments, our family reaches for the travel oils and pulls out the most relevant oils for the moment. Lavender essential oil is our first go-to for anything itchy as we just apply a few drops to the exact location on our skin. Frankincense essential oil brings the inflammation down quickly when you have bumps along your path. Our case includes a variety of oils, doTERRA CorrectX ointment and bandages. doTERRA CorrectX ointment has a blend of essential oils and using it consistently for scratches has helped our family heal more quickly and have less visible scarring than when we do not use it.
We try to stay healthy so we can enjoy our family vacations to the fullest. Having healthy options is an easy, economical and safe way to help our body support itself through the healing process, regardless of our location in the world. Staying hydrated, sleeping well and protecting against unwanted germs and sun damage are choices we make to improve our travel experience. Hopefully your next trip goes smoothly and uses some of these Healthy Travel Tips.
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