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If you love to travel and taking the kiddos along, you may run in to some issues at times when you cannot take medication with you, this can be an even more concerning issue if you are traveling abroad. To make things simpler, here is a list of NON-MEDICATED items to take with you when you travel or that are easy to get your hands on in multiple countries.
What are some non-medicated items that I can take while I travel?
- Elderberry Syrup
This is a great natural remedy if you (or your little one) is suffering from flu symptoms. Elderberry’s have high levels of vitamins A. B, and C and is a great immune system booster! You can whip up your own with this recipe HERE from Wellness Mama! It will make about 16 oz for UNDER $10! Making it yourself is not only a cost savings but it also allows you the ability to create it where ever you are ( as long as you have access to the ingredients needed, of course).
2. Essential Oils
- Essential oils are universally awesome! Not only do they have great health benefits, but they are a great additive when cleaning, good for relaxation and beauty and smell AWESOME! A few that are great to keep on hand and are small enough to carry in your carry-on are;
- Tea Tree: Tea Tree oil is an antiseptic, so it’s a great item to keep handy for any scraps, sores. Dab a little Tea Tree oil on a cotton ball and place on the sore to aid cleaning and healing.
- Thieves: another oil that helps aid off a nasty cough. It also helps to kill bacteria.
- Peppermint: help prevent/reduce fever, colds and cough.
The list goes on and on. I personally like Young Living, but there are TONS of essential oils out there. Young Living is certified organic and they have great prices for what you get. A little goes a long way, so if you feel like you’re paying a lot for a small bottle, know that it only takes a few drops for most uses. If you want to know more about other awesome oils or just YL in general, you can do so HERE. **Please note that I am not a distributor for YL and I do NOT get any form of compensation for you clicking their link.
3. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
This is one of the easiest and cheapest items to obtain. You can head to the grocery store to get this one. Taking a tablespoon or two with some warm water, honey and lemon is a great way to beat a cold when you start to feel it coming on. Can’t stand the taste, just gargling it will help reduce those nasty germs too! Great tip: Apple Cider Vinegar doubles as a great weight-loss regimen, good for your hair and is also great for your skin! Make sure you buy Organic unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. I use Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
4. Candied Ginger
If an upset stomach or nausea is what you’re dealing with, then candied ginger are a great item to keep in your bag. These can be spicy to some, so be sure to try them yourself before giving it to your children. If you are traveling by way of boat, it also helps with motion sickness. If you (or your spouse) are pregnant, it works well with morning sickness too. You should be able to get candied ginger from most health food stores both in states and abroad.
BeKoool is a great addition to your travel bag. When our little one’s are feeling under the weather, we as parents want them to feel comfortable and healthy as quick as possible. When my little guy is feeling under the weather, I tend to look for non-medicated ways to get him well before I grab a bottle of medication. I recently discovered BeKoool gel sheets. They aid in lowering your little one’s fever (with or without medication). Easy to carry in your purse or bag and no need for a freezer.
6. Oregano Oil
Oregano isn’t just for cooking, oregano oil is one of natures natural antibiotics. It helps fight off infections, helps kill parasites and helps clear sinus infections and overall aid in respiratory health. Learn more about oregano oil HERE.
I have personally never used Arnica cream, but I know people who have and they swear by it! It’s great for pain relief, healing of scars and is great to reduce inflammation. You can read more about the healing properties of Arnica in this article found HERE.
8. Filtered Water Bottle
A filtered water bottle is a great travel item. Especially if you are a mom with a baby on formula, and are in an area where you cannot get filtered water. Filtered water bottles help reduce any chlorine left behind from faucet water. TIP: Great for trips to amusement parks, with outrageous prices! You can get a two-pack on Amazon for less than $15 HERE.
9. Barf Bags
Yup, it happens. And if you are in the middle of no where, or on a bus that doesn’t have a restroom, then you’ll want these handy! You can also use these to store clothing that may have been the subject to a vomitfest until you reach your destination. You can pick up barf bags HERE.
and then there are items you must put in your travel bag to make an unfortunate under the weather moment more comfortable.
10. The obvious change of clothes that is readily available, silicone bibs (easy to wipe-off and you’ll only need one!), your child’s favorite snuggy, shades or eye mask to dim the light down.
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