Keeping yourself healthy while traveling gets more and more difficult when you’re not eating as healthily, not getting as much sleep and adjusting to time zones. This is where vitamins come in, giving you more energy and building up your immunity.
Why Pack Vitamins?
Sometimes a steady vitamin regimen can keep you from getting sick and from having to pack medications.
Where to Buy Vitamins?
You can buy vitamins with the experts at GNC or your local pharmacy, but even the grocery stores, Trader Joe’s and Target sell many types of vitamins.
How to Travel with Vitamins
Keep your vitamins in their original containers to avoid hassles from the TSA. It shouldn’t be a problem unless you are carrying mass quantities of pills.
Which Vitamins to Pack
- Multivitamins: A Women’s Multivitamin will cover gaps in your diet, like in meat-heavy or vegetarian cultures or in-flight meals. It also help you when you’re not quite used to your destination’s mealtimes.
- Vitamin A: This vitamin gives you strong bones for when you go bungy jumping and good eyesight to see the world better with. It also benefits your immune system.
- B Complex Supplement: There are 8 B vitamins, but the ones you should know are B6, which promotes healthy metabolism and brain function as well as B9, folic acid. The B vitamins also give you energy and protect your immunity. And they give you healthy skin and hair, which is a nice perk.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C gives you with alertness and immunity, as well as being a natural antioxidant and stress reliever. It’s also a natural antihistamine if you’re allergy-prone.
- Echinacea: This plant helps you fights infections and helps you recover faster, like a natural Emerge-C or Airborne. It can also serve as a laxative.
- Ginseng: This super-vitamin gives you physical stamina and energy, which is why you see it on the labels of so many energy drinks.
- Melatonin or Valerian Root: Melatonin is my drug of choice when I’m in need of a good night’s sleep. It’s available in most stores, but doesn’t have the side effects of PM pain pills or prescription sleeping pills. Valerian root is also used for restful sleep without causing sleepiness the next day. This is ideal for long-haul flights.
- Ginger: While it’s not a vitamin, ginger is a natural way to ease nausea. (Check out Alouise’s ginger tea remedy.)
Also keep in mind that some vitamins may interact differently with your medications or medical conditions so consult your doctor before starting up on any vitamins.
Do you pack vitamins when you travel?