Living with chronic illness makes day to day life difficult. The list of things I need to do each day to function can be overwhelming at times. Trying to travel with health issues is even trickier. No one wants to feel lousy on a trip, whether it’s for business or pleasure. So I’m sharing the list of items I take with me when I travel that help me to get through the trip. Hopefully this list will help you, or at least give you some ideas.
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My 7 Travel Essentials
- Epsom salt. One of the issues I deal with is chronic joint and muscle pain. Epsom salt is great for adding to a hot bath and soaking. This detoxes the body and relaxes the muscles. Our last vacation was to Disneyland, and we averaged walking 10 miles a day. I definitely needed to soak after that!
- Diffuser. I also have sleep issues, and it’s worse in hotel rooms. Diffusing relaxing essential oils, such as lavender, helps me to sleep. Adding essential oils to my epsom salt bath also helps with relaxation and aches. This is the one I use. And since it’s small, it doesn’t take up much room in a suitcase.
- Arnica is a plant from the daisy family. It’s used to treat muscle aches and bruises. I buy this one in gel form. It’s easy to keep in my purse for when I need it to get through the day.
- Essential oils have so many uses, in addition to what’s listed above. Just a whiff of peppermint oil relieves headaches. Lemongrass and copaiba are both good for pain. Citrus oils disinfect. I carry them in a case like this one. It protects the bottles and is easy to carry.
- Rescue Remedy spray. I also have anxiety issues that get worse in crowds. As you can imagine, this presents a challenge when traveling. This all-natural spray is designed to help with anxiety, and it’s good for so much more. I also use it for headaches and itchy skin. It also comes in drops and hard candies. Find the spray here.
- Supplements. I take several supplements throughout the day. Some are vitamins, others are to keep my MRSA under control, and some are for fatigue and adrenal support. Plus when I travel I tend to get run down, so I don’t want to miss my supplements and make it worse.
- Natural sleep aid. I don’t take it all the time, but this natural blend comes in handy when I just can’t get to sleep. It helps me fall asleep fast and get deep sleep, leaving me feeling refreshed. And because it’s all natural, there are no nasty side effects.
I realize this sounds like a lot of extra to pack when you travel. But I can fit everything in the suitcase with our clothes if I do it right. Besides, it’s worth the extra space to be able to function when I travel and not be miserable the whole trip.
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