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4 Wellness essentials I never forget to pack I when I travel

  • Wellness

  • By Geneviève Plante, Author, speaker and food blogger

    Photo credit: Laura G. Diaz

     The key to a successful travel experience starts with careful planning, with every detail taken into account to guarantee a hassle-free getaway and optimal well-being. There’s nothing more annoying than not being at your best when you’re in full discovery mode. That’s why I devote special attention to preparing my wellness kit.

     Although the size of my luggage isn’t endless, I make sure to choose my essentials carefully. These include four easy-to-carry items that follow me wherever I go. They contribute to my well-being, keeping me balanced and allowing me to make the most of every moment of my time away from home.



    A saline nasal spray has become essential for me, particularly during air travel, where the dry cabin air can quickly cause discomfort. Upon entering such environments, especially at high altitudes, I often experience nasal dryness, which detracts from my overall flying experience. However, this type of spray provides instant relief. Not only does it clear nasal discharge, but it also delicately rinses the mucous membranes, offering a soothing, moisturizing effect that creates a protective barrier against dryness and irritation. This nasal spray is quick and easy to use and, with regular application, seamlessly integrates into my travel routine, alleviating the discomfort of a dry nose. Additionally, it's reassuring to find practical sizes of less than 100 ml readily available on shelves.



    Keeping our digestive system at peace, even when travelling, is perfectly feasible! The stress of travel, the unknown, jet lag, changes in diet and the outside environment can all upset the balance of our intestinal flora. Fortunately, studies show that integrating probiotics can create a gentle shield for digestion, helping to stay regular. Say bye-bye to discomfort. Get ready for a journey as seamless as your digestive system! 

    That’s why I always make sure to take Bio-K+ Daily Care+ capsules with me, containing 25 billion essential good bacteria, to maintain and nurture the balance of my microbiota, especially when my habits get out of whack. Convenience is the name of the game with these little capsules, which store perfectly at room temperature. So, peace of mind and digestive well-being are guaranteed without the need to fuss over the fridge while on vacation!

    For additional reading, here’s an interesting post: Best routine to prep and fuel before travel.



    Multivitamins take up a key place in my kit, helping to make up for any gaps in nutrition that often result from the changing nature of adventure. In fact, breaking out of one’s routine is what travelling is all about, and this also applies to our diet. Meals are eaten at irregular times and the temptation to over-indulge in good food is overwhelming. When presented with so many novelties, the urge to taste everything becomes unstoppable. With so many delights to choose from, you don’t want to miss a thing! Each destination has its own unique culinary identity, shaped by elements such as climate, available resources, traditions and even religious influences. This great diversity offers a plethora of culinary delights to explore, but it can also disrupt our usual eating habits. For me, this is where multivitamins come in as a practical solution to ensure a balanced intake of essential nutrients.



    One of my travel essentials is a good organic aloe vera gel. I find this natural product to be exceptionally versatile. I mainly use this gel for external use, especially on the skin. After a long day at the beach, extended exposure to intense rays or when a sneaky sunburn makes an appearance, aloe vera gel soothes my skin and keeps it well hydrated. I also appreciate its effectiveness in soothing and relieving skin irritations, rashes and insect bites. In the event of cuts or scratches, applying this gel can also help speed up the healing process. Apart from its benefits for the skin, I also like to use it in hair care. It has proven to be an excellent ally in pampering irritated scalp and keeping it moisturized. In short, try it and you’ll be hooked!

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    Geneviève Plante Author, speaker and food blogger
    About the author
    Creativity, authenticity and intuition, this is how Geneviève Plante designs cooking on a daily basis. A passion that this true gourmet has been sharing for six years through her culinary blog Vert Couleur Persil. She has written six cookbooks: Histoires de salades (2016), Houmous & Cie (2017), Vert Couleur Persil – Mes recettes simples et gourmandes (Les Éditions La Presse - 2019), Les Collations (2020), Bientôt dans votre assiette (Les Éditions La Presse - 2021) et L’heure de la soupe (Les Éditions La Presse - 2022).
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