Summer is the perfect season to use up those accumulated vacation days and spend some time with your family. Whether your perfect vacation is your quaint summer cottage by the lake or a month-long tour of Western Europe, there are always a few travel essentials you should carry with you.
Here are five health products to bring on your vacation:
Wherever you’re travelling to will most likely sell sunscreen. However, if you want to save money, we suggest bringing your own product that you trust. Using broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection can help protect against sunburn, which can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and even cancer. Put sunscreen on even in the shade, and don’t forget to wear your hat and sunglasses.
Bumpy plane rides or extended road trips can make someone’s stomach feel a little less than stable. Feeling nauseated isn’t the best way to start and end your summer holiday. If you or your children are prone to motion sickness, don’t forget to pack your anti-nausea medication. Gravol is available in children’s doses.
#3: Hand Sanitizer
Travelling to a new and foreign place means that you’ll be exposed to a whole slew of new germs and bacteria. All those tourist-heavy hot spots are likely infested with microscopic bacteria just waiting to get on your hands or in your lungs. Clean hands are the first defence against unwanted germs entering your body. Use hand sanitizer liberally to avoid mid-vacation sickness.
It doesn’t matter if you plan to dine at the most expensive restaurants in Paris. Travelling has a way to bring a rock-hard constitution to its knees. There are many reasons why someone might suffer from diarrhea on their trip. Contaminated water, airborne germs, travel anxiety, sleep changes, and time zone changes can all contribute to an upset stomach. Bringing Imodium or other anti-diarrhea medication with you can help mitigate your pain and misery.
Travelling beyond your time zone can be exciting because it means that you’re off on a faraway journey to a whole new part of the world. However excited you are, your body needs a bit of help adjusting to a new time zone. Over the years, frequent travellers have developed many tips and tricks to overcome the dreaded time zone fatigue, and one of the most popular (and well-studied) solutions is to take melatonin. Melatonin helps restore your natural sleep rhythm, which mitigates feelings of jet lag, so you can quickly get back to your travel plans.
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