10 Travel Kit Essentials – The Pharmacy

health tips for travel

We aren’t hard-core travelers who have been there, done that. When we do head out on the road I make sure to pack the following essentials to ease any issues that could potentially come up.

Sunscreen and Aloe Vera Gel: Days spent in the sun and sand make these a given. Save yourself some misery and have them packed and ready for those days spent on the beach or on the ski slopes.

Antihistamines: We aren’t highly allergic people, but I have learned that sometimes it’s the strangest things that can cause a reaction (hello sunscreen).  Hives aren’t fun – hives that you can’t treat are even worse. 

Tylenol and Ibuprofen: Headaches, fevers and injury aren’t something that you want to think of while basking in the sun on the beach, but chances are pretty good that a new environment and new activities could leave you feeling a little worse for wear at the end of the day. While I try to use these sparingly, they are always part of my travel kit. 

Large Ziploc Freezer Bag (or two): These are great for stashing wet beach clothes, and preventing bottles of liquid from leaking all over in your bags, but they are also great in case of sunburn or injury. Fill a freezer bag with some ice and water and you have a ready to go ice pack. Muscles feeling sore after surfing – get a folded hand towel wet with hot water, place in freezer bag and wrap in a second towel for a DIY heat pack. 

Travelers Diarrhea

Travelan: I have a nervous stomach to begin with – new foods and new water while traveling, even in Canada, often leave me getting really familiar with where bathrooms are along any route. Taking one or two Travelan tablets before every meal, three times per day, starting 48 hours before travel and during the period of travel can help you enjoy your vacation to the fullest. For more tips on dealing with and preventing travelers diarrhea visit travelancanada.ca.

Vaseline: This is a great do all item that is a must have in any travel kit. It works as lotion in a pinch, lubricates chapped lips and stuck zippers, and I have heard it even works as a stain remover or shoe polish. 

Band aids and Antibacterial ointment: If you are staying at a resort chances are you’ll be able to find these, but I don’t like leaving things to chance. I’m a little bit of a klutz and scrapes and cuts are just to be expected. Having these two items on hand at the ready means I have more time to play. 


What items would make it into your travel kit? 


Disclosure – This post was sponsored by Travelan, a natural health product that is used to help reduce the risk of travelers’ diarrhea.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

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