I love, love, love to travel. I also love to be healthy, but the two are antagonistic without a little extra attention to self-care.
I’ve learned this the hard way after contracting all too many cases of Delhi belly and other pleasantries due to reckless vagabonding.
Since taking Ayurvedic wisdom on board, I’ve discovered a few secrets to healthy travel that eliminate the need for strong medicines and chemical-laden beauty products– two things I always try to avoid.
I write this from a plane destined for India and I’d like to share with you the health-boosting wonders in my suitcase. May this knowledge help you to stay healthy the natural way when your own inner travel bug calls you to exotic lands.
VPK Vata Churna
If I could I’d bring my entire spice collection on the road, but this blend from Maharishi Ayurveda makes a great substitute. It’s a mix of organic cumin, ginger, fenugreek, turmeric, raw cane sugar, ajwain and salt. I keep it in my handbag and sprinkle it over savory foods for extra digestive power when constantly dining out.
A Tongue Scraper
On the road or not, my tongue scraper never leaves my toothbrush’s side. This simple stainless steel tool gently scrapes away the previous night’s accumulated toxins which show up on the tongue as a white coating. Irregular eating habits during travel lead to toxic buildup, so I consider a tongue scraper a travel-must.
Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste, Fennel
I’m admittedly picky about my toothpaste and hate being forced to use chemically, fake-tasting toothpastes just because I’m traveling. This is my favorite, and I carry enough to last me throughout long journeys.
Organic Turmeric Powder
Organic turmeric powder is the jack of all trades for healthy travel. If I’m airbnb’ing and have my own kitchen, I add a pinch of turmeric when cooking for its digestive and detoxifying actions. I sprinkle it on cuts for its antibiotic and wound-healing properties, or simmer a quarter teaspoon in water for an immunity boosting tea when feeling run down.
Nutrition Now PB 8 Pro-Biotic Acidophilus for Life
I swear by probiotics when traveling abroad. These PB 8’s have a hefty dosage of good bacteria and don’t need to be refrigerated. I start taking probiotics 2 weeks before travel, and continue to take them while on the road to support a healthy gut.
Trade & Organic Coconut Oil
As we all know, coconut oil is just amazing. I find myself using it for a million different things when traveling– self oil massage (which is great for immunity), oil pulling, emergency chap stick, after sun damage control, and cooking when blessed with a kitchen.
Crystal Body Deodorant Stick
I may be a vagabond hippy but I don’t like stinky pits. After trying a million different natural deodorants I’ve settled on this one which works all day long, even in the tropics.
Pratima Sandalwood Soothing Lotion
This lotion works wonders on pimples. I travel with it not only for its zit-banishing power but because it also soothes itchy mosquito bites and calms unexpected rashes, much like calamine lotion.
VPK Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) capsules
Triphala is a classical Ayurvedic blend of three herbs that I would not travel without. Its naturally high source of Vitamin C keeps immunity strong, plus triphala gently detoxifies the digestive tract and acts as a mild laxative. Though often sold in powder form capsules are a convenient way to bring triphala on the road.
Chimes Ginger Chews
A little ginger before lunch and dinner fires up the digestive process. While I make a fresh ginger appetizer when at home, these ginger chews are a convenient substitute for travel.
ISUN Antioxidant Sun Butter
Excess sun exposure usually comes with exotic travel. I protect my face with this zinc-laden sun butter. It’s all natural and doesn’t feel greasy or cause breakouts as sunscreen can.