We love vacation and travel! However, nobody wants to be sick while they are hiking in the mountains or exploring a new country. It makes sense to both prepare yourself before you leave and be prepared while you are traveling. You don’t need to take up an entire suitcase of extra ‘first aid’ supplies – little space will do. I pack light, just enough to get through a day or just enough to get by until I can get to the next Asian market or convenience store.
Before you go –
Know thyself – We all have propensities for particular pathologies that afflict us, patterns that we are prone to. For some that might be digestive issues, others it might headaches or neck and shoulder pain. It’s best to know these and get them under control before you leave so you can travel with minimal complaints. For example, if you are going to fly and you have sinus congestion, start working to clear up your congestion before you get on the plane so you don’t feel like your head’s going to pop at 30,000 feet. Personally, I’m prone to neck tightness and aches – I usually have kudzu or a neck formula on hand when I travel and I make sure that I keep my neck warm, protected and relaxed before leaving. Check with your practitioner if you need a guidance in figuring out some of your patterns or natures.
Know where you are going – Are you going to be in city, or are you going camping? Will you be near home or overseas? Packing appropriate clothes for the climate is a no-brainer, but you can up your preparedness by having a few formulas on had to counter the elemental natures of particular areas. Another example, when we traveled to Korea last summer we were heading from a hot and dry climate to damp heat climate. Summer heat can be a problem for me, so I pack a specific formula to treat invasion of damp heat. If you are camping you may want to add in herbs for handling bug bites and burns.
Learn your food energetics – Feeling queasy? Nausea is one of the most common complaints when traveling. Knowing that phlegm and damp forming foods (cheeses, dairy, sweet foods) will make it worse while sour or bitter flavors will move the stagnation out of the digestive track can be a life-savor. Instead of having the mocha, maybe a lemon drink would be better. If you are cold, perhaps yogurt and granola isn’t an ideal breakfast and you should go for something hot. Get it? You can download my Energetic Temperature of Foods Chart here.
Although I don’t use western medicines a lot, travel is a time when I do make sure a few are on hand. You will want to shut down acute headaches or allergic reactions as soon as possible.