Taking care of ourselves outside of our normal routine can be stressful, as all of our normal habits are disrupted while on vacation. Add the new environment, weather, and airplane cabins to the mix, and you have a recipe for sickness. Knowing which top 5 supplements to take with you while traveling will help save you from being stuck sick in your hotel room.
The classic rules still apply while traveling, eat fresh, real foods, move your body, get a good night’s sleep, and avoid the junk food. It can be hard to stick to a proper health routine while on vacation, so knowing where it is essential to supplement your health regime could make or break your vacation.
The problem is, with all the supplements on the market, how do you know which are the best to take with you on the road, or on the plane?
Keep reading to discover the top 5 supplements you need to have with you while traveling or on your next vacation.
Make sure you check out the video version of this article at the end!
I get asked by people almost every single day, “what about bringing vitamins on a plane, am I allowed?” The answer is YES! As long as it is not a liquid or some kind of crazy supplement that is illegal in most countries (yes, that means you cannot bring your CBD oil with you) then you will be fine. Let me repeat, traveling with supplements is fine!
Just don’t get so caught up with what to bring on vacation, that you forget to bring the top 5 supplements that will keep you happy and healthy, so you can explore!
Probiotics will strengthen your good gut bacteria, keeping your intestinal flora nice and strong. With all these antibiotics in our foods (and medicines), that reaps havoc on our gut and kills off the good bacteria along with the bad bacteria.
Probiotics can counteract that effect on the good bacteria, saving our digestive systems. They will help keep your stomach nice and strong to fight off the bad guys (bad bacteria) that may try and invade from eating foods that you probably shouldn’t have! Ideally, Probiotics should be taken all the time and not just for travel!
My favorite probiotics are the Dr. Ohhira’s vegetarian capsules, they do not have to be refrigerated!
This supplement is an absolute miracle, I cannot begin to tell you the number of times that it has saved me or someone I was traveling with. Not only does charcoal trap toxins and chemicals, preventing a lot of the environmental toxins from being absorbed by your body, but it also absorbs the bacteria that is responsible for stomach bugs.
This means, yes… you can possibly escape the horrendous experience of being stuck in a bathroom for 24 hours or more after you made the decision of diving into the street meat.
I like Organika activated charcoal, As there is a high amount per capsule, therefore you do not need to pack too many.
I always say you are NOT what you eat, you are what you DIGEST!
While you are traveling, you are ingesting so many new foods with sooo many new ingredients that your body is probably not used to eating. Therefore, you can get bloated, irritable, gassy, and be feeling just all around yucky.
A good full spectrum digestive enzyme will help you break down those foods into the nutrients that our bodies need and keep our gut healthy and happy. I love the complete Megazymes by Natural Factors, as it has all the enzymes you need to break down various foods.
Oil Of Oregano is a wonderful antibacterial and antimicrobial. If you tend to catch colds from the recycled air on an airplane, then this is a necessity for you. This wonderful supplement can fight infections and offer immune support, thus making it essential for travel!
I love the Extra Strength Oil of Oregano by Botanica Health. It is potent, but it really works. They also have capsules if you cannot handle the potent taste of the Oregano.
Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced by the pineal gland, a common supplement that people use as a sleep aid. The truth about melatonin is that it should not be used as a sleep aid all the time- it should be used as a sleep regulator and help your body fix your sleeping schedule that may be altered due to jet-lag!
Take it 20-30 minutes before sleep, or 30 minutes prior to your targeted bedtime in the time zone where you will be arriving.
I love the Sleep+ Time Release by Genuine Health, as it will release melatonin slowly throughout the night, helping you to stay asleep.
Most of the time while traveling, we either ignore the healthy foods with vegetables, have vegetables that have been over cooked, or we avoid them because in some countries they are full of bacteria. I tend to go to most countries where vegetables are not always that common unless its Bali… I LOVE how healthy the food is in Bali! For most of my traveling, I take a greens powder supplement with me, it usually becomes my best friend.
I love the euphoric feeling that you get after giving your body a blast of nutrients! My favorite greens supplement is Greens+ Extra Energy by Genuine Health. Seriously, this company has amazing integrity with their products! There are so many studies done on their greens, proving it is the best one to get into the cell wall, feeding your cells the nourishment it needs.
It contains tons of:
The energy comes from Kola nut and taurine, which gives you an energy kick without the crash. Then they put in an adaptogenic formula which will protect your adrenal glands from environmental stress and the added energy.
Protein bars can get very confusing for many people. There are bucketloads of ingredients in most of them, making them more of a glorified chocolate bar than a food supplement!
Look for ones with lower sugar content than protein, making sure the sugar is a natural source, not refined, and NOT synthetic (Sucralose, Aspartame etc). Also, keep in mind that the ingredient list should not contain ingredients that you do not understand what they are! If it isn’t food… then what is it?? Eeek, all those chemicals, talk about getting bloated!
If you are on the go a lot, walking around and not planning on going to a restaurant any time soon, or even wanting to save some money from eating out, bring some of these handy snacks with you!
I LOVE the fermented vegan protein bars by Genuine Health. They will NOT make you bloated like most protein bars will. The hard to digest vegan proteins have basically been “opened” therefore, they will not make you bloated as your body tries to break them down. These bars also have low sugar, high protein, and taste deeeeelicious!!
Now that you know the top 5 supplements (and the awesome bonus 2) for travel, you probably are wondering which healthy snacks you can take. Check out my article on healthy snacks to take on the plane so you don’t have to be stuck with that nasty plane food!
Being a digital Nomad and a wanderlust for travel, I rely on traveling with Supplements to keep my body healthy and happy. I hope you try them out on your next big adventure as well!