Naturopathic Travel and First Aid essentials
Over years of traveling both locally (camping, hiking) and to far-off places like India and Nicaragua I’ve developed a list of essential travel and first-aid items for naturopathic treatment on the go.
You truly will never know what you may need, so BE PREPARED (like the girl scouts)! I’ve treated cuts, scrapes, diarrhea, vomiting, flu, ear infections, bumps, bruises, sprains, strains, fractures, viruses, bacteria, dehydration, jet lag, motion sickness, anxiety attacks, bug bites, and lots more in myself and others using the tools I’ve listed below. I’ve also been able to avoid major illness (and use of antibiotics) while travelling while most people around me were sick (sometimes extremely sick).
For daily use:
- Sea salt: Add a pinch to a big water bottle to prevent dehydration and electrolyte loss in hot climates.
- Probiotics: Take daily to prevent digestive upset while travelling. Look for a brand that does not require refridgeration.
- Digestive enzymes: Take with meals to prevent digestive upset (I’ve alwys forgotten to take these, but but I think for many people it is a good idea).
- Greens powder/protein powder: Handy for extra nutrition while travelling and in case you miss meals.
For use as needed:
- Natural electrolyte drink: For more serious fluid loss from diarrhea, vomiting, heat stroke, excessive sweating – if you can’t find every ingredient, that’s OK, just do your best.
- Peppermint, ginger, and chamomile teas: To sooth an upset stomach, frayed nerves, aid sleep and relaxation.
- Tea tree oil: For cuts, scrapes, wounds to prevention infection – once, in a pinch, I put this in my ear and it worked to stop a painful ear infection (although I don’t recommend this use!).
- Oregano oil: For sore throats, colds/flus, infections.
- Calendula cream: For shallow/superficial cuts, scrapes, and rashes (don’t use on deep, fresh, or open wounds).
- Grapefruit seed extract (GSE): To prevent or treat digestive upset like vomiting and diarrhea – follow instructions on the bottle.
- Aloe vera gel: For sunburn and minor cuts/scrapes.
- Apis gel: For bug bites.
- Traumeel cream and/or tablets: For bumps, bruises, sore muscles, etc.
- Traumeel ear drops: For any ear issues (pain, infection, itch) – I’ve never actually used these but seems like a great idea and they come in single-dose ampules.
- Oculoheel eye drops: For any eye issues (allergies, itch, dryness, fatigue) – love these and they also come in single-dose ampules.
- No Jet Lag: Great product to prevent jet lag – it really works!
- Melatonin: As a sleep aid and to treat or prevent jet lag (although I have always used No Jet Lag).
- Rescue Remedy: Use for anxiety, emotional upset, nervousness, panic attacks, shock, trauma – I like the spray.
First aid homeopathic remedies:
I also have a list of homeopathic remedies for acute and first aid use to treat minor illnesses and injuries. Please see me as a patient for this list, which includes remedies helpful to treat:
- Fevers, cold & flu, infections
- Bug bites
- Bruises, strains/sprains, fractures
- Food poisoning
- Diarrhea, constipation
- Burns (sunburn and burns from heat)
- Jet lag
- Motion sickness
- Altitude sickness
- Poison ivy
Kate Whimster, BCom, MIFHI, ND
73 Warren Road, Suite 102