With statistics showing that many travellers will be struck down by illness while abroad, being prepared can be the difference between having an enjoyable holiday or the trip from hell.
From traveller’s diarrhea to skin problems, fever and infections, travel bugs can bite in many
different ways but there is often a simple remedy to curb symptoms as soon as they strike.
Healthy Life Nutritionist Madeleine Memmolo said regardless of age and health, travel
“Unfortunately, the statistics suggest that diarrhea, vomiting and other illnesses are an inevitable part of travelling. The risk of certain travel bugs can increase with the destination and season of travel and at the riskier end of the spectrum are some of the most popular destinations for Australian holidaymakers including Asia, Africa and Central and South America,” Madeleine said.
“There are a few natural products I like to take on holidays because having access to some
key items at the right time can mean the difference between enjoying my hard-earned break or having a miserable time. I carry an Activiral supplement to nip any virus or cold in the
bud and always keep Wipes handy – they really are the traveller’s best friend.
“With Australians increasingly turning to organic and natural products for their health, more and more companies are creating travel friendly products that are toxin-free so travellers don’t have to compromise on their wellness regime while travelling.”
Thanks to Healthy Life here’s a travel checklist to help you be as healthy while you’re
away, as you are at home:
• Vitamin C
New environments, foreign pathogens and changed sleeping patterns can put our immune
system under the pump. Keep some Vitamin C on hand for an easy, daily immunity boost.
Nutra-Life Ester C 1500mg + Bioflavanoids 1500mg 60T $18.95 at Healthy Life
• Immune support
Getting sick is the fastest way to spoil a long-deserved break. When the first sniffle or throat
tickle hits, tackle it head-on with an immune-supporting antiviral supplement.
Fusion Health Activiral 60C $42.95 at Healthy Life
• Gut health
Probiotics are an essential part of keeping your gut healthy, especially when trying new and
exotic foods. Herbs of Gold Probiotic + SB is the perfect companion for a travel bug,
containing a useful blend of probiotics including Saccharomyces boulardii (SB), which can
help reduce the risk of mild traveller’s diarrhoea.
Herbs of Gold Probiotic + SB 60C $43.95 at Healthy Life
• Antiseptic spray
An antiseptic spray is a must for any traveller’s first aid kit. Known for its antibacterial,
antifungal and antiviral qualities, tea tree can help with cuts, burns and minor wounds, as
well as fending off bed bugs, mozzies and other creepy crawlies. A spot of tea tree can also
help zap any pesky pimples that arise during travels.
Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Spray 140g $14.95 at Healthy Life
• Hand sanitiser
Every traveller needs a good hand sanitiser and this one does the job naturally without the
usual chemicals found in common gel sanitisers. It also has a lovely scent, which makes it
much more pleasant to use in close quarters such as trains or planes.
Dr Bronner’s Lavender Hand Sanitizer 59ml $7.95 at Healthy Life
• Hair care
There’s no need to compromise on hair care or natural skin care while travelling. MooGoo’s
all-natural travel minis include body wash, shampoo, conditioner and moisturiser and come
in a leak-proof zip pouch that easily fits into carry-on luggage.
Moogoo Travel Kit $23.95 at Healthy Life
To protect its coral reefs, Hawaii has banned sunscreens containing some chemicals.
Travellers can do the right thing by the natural environments they’re visiting and their health
by stocking up on natural sunscreens before they go.
Wotnot Sunscreen Family 30+ SPF 150g $31.95 at Healthy Life
• Insect Repellent
Keep pesky mozzies and other insects at bay with this all-natural repellent. Containing tea
tree oil and citronellal, it repels insects the natural way and can also help soothe insect
Thursday Plantation Insect Repellent 50ml $6.95 at Healthy Life
To tackle all the thrills and spills that come with travel, every traveller should keep a travel-
size pack of wet wipes handy. From a quick brow mop or make up removal on-the-go to
wiping sticky fingers or cleaning a surface, wet wipes have myriad uses.
Wotnot Wipes Travel Case 20pk $4.95 at Healthy Life
• Dental hygiene
Routines are inevitably disrupted during travel but it’s important to keep teeth and gums
healthy. Red Seal’s Baking Soda toothpaste comes in a handy 100g tube and doesn’t
contain chemicals so travellers can maintain their natural health routine while jetsetting
around the world.
Red Seal Baking Soda Toothpaste 100g $5.95 at Healthy Life
Bamboo clothing, with its antibacterial, antifungal, breathable and odour-resistant qualities,
is made for travelling. It’s also lightweight and comfy making it perfect for plane, train and
Boody ¾ Sleeve Scoop Top Black $29.95 at Healthy Life
• Stress relief
Stress is inevitable when travelling. As glamorous as it looks, travelling can
have its fair share of setbacks and plans often go awry. Being away from home can also
cause some people to feel anxious and out-of-sorts. Bach Rescue Pastilles are a
special blend of bach flowers which can help with feelings of stress and anxiety. They come
in a handy travel tin so relief is always within reach.
Bach Rescue Pastilles $15.95 at Healthy Life
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