Whether you’re an avid traveler or an occasional traveler, chances are you’ve probably experienced a few of the unpleasant things that can come along with traveling: jet lag, reduced immune system, digestive upset due to new food, and on and on. Traveling is such an important and amazing way to have new experiences and learn about other cultures, people, foods, and more that there is no way you’re giving it up because of a case of travel insomnia or a few unpleasant runs to the restroom, right? Absolutely! I have a bit of good news for you though, there are natural ways to help combat every single one of those things so you can really, truly enjoy every moment of getting out to see this beautiful world!

First let’s talk about jet lag. This can happen traveling to a time zone that’s only 2 hours off of your normal schedule, or halfway around the world. To help you sync up with your new schedule as quickly as possible, here are a few tips.

  • Try not to nap. That will just keep you synced up with your regular time zone.
  • On the first night, go to sleep at your regular bedtime in your new time zone.
    • If you’re having trouble doing this because you’re not tired yet, lavender and vetiver essential oils dropped on your pillow can help calm you and ease you into that state of being able to sleep.
    • If you are having trouble due to not being tired you can also take 2 Serenity softgels, along with rubbing Serenity on your feet and/or diffusing it.
    • If your trouble falling asleep stems from anxious feelings, rub vetiver on your chest and take 2 copaiba softgels.
  • Wake up at the time you normally would.
    • If you are having trouble waking up and getting going, citrus and mint oils, such as wild orange and spearmint, can help. They are uplifting and invigorating, so they’re great to help you get up and get moving.
    • Mito2Max is a natural, noncaffeinated supplement that boosts your energy and will increase the ease with which you wake up and get in to activities in the morning.
    • Never discount a fresh cup of coffee and a few quiet moments to help you start your day right.

Now that we know you’re going to be on the right schedule and able to enjoy all of the things you came here to experience, lets talk reduced immune systems. Getting enough sleep is one way to have a strong immune system, but there are other ways to boost and support it as well! Traveling, especially around the holidays (aka mid flu season), these are vital to a happy healthy trip.

  • Drink water! Lots of it. Bottled if necessary, but drink it.
  • It’s okay to indulge in the sugary treats and confections (hello, that’s one of the funnest parts of traveling!), but don’t let that be all you eat. Sugar lowers your immune system.
  • Wash your hands regularly and/or use a sanitizing spray.
  • Take OnGuard softgels morning and night
  • Rub OnGuard (Stronger for kids) on the bottoms of your feet before bed every night.

You’re healthy, you’re well rested, but what about all of that amazing, new food you want to try? Maybe it doesn’t always agree with you. There are a number of ways your food can show you that it doesn’t agree with you, but there are things to help with all of them!

  • If you eat something that’s causing you to experience a volcano stemming from your insides, try and DigestTab or two.
  • Stomach a little queasy, suck on a Ginger Drop, take a DigetZen softgel, or put a drop of peppermint in your mouth.
  • Getting a bit of the bubbly gut, pop a DigestZen softgel with a Peppermint softgel.
  • To support kids, use Tamer.

Now for a few other random tidbits to help you enjoy your travel with natural solutions…

  • If you’re going somewhere warm with bugs, but want to ditch the deet and bug bites, go for TerraShield or citronella essential oil.
  • To soothe your muscles after long plane rides or days full of walking to see amazing things, rub Deep Blue on anywhere that needs it.
  • To both boost your immune system and help you adjust to new food, take a probiotic (not just take with you, actually ingest it). 
  • Don’t be afraid to go with the flow and have adventures!

Now you’re really ready to enjoy every minute of your trip! Happy traveling and happy holidays!

Author: Alyssa B.

**Disclaimer, all suggestions, especially that of taking essential oils internally, are based on doTERRA essential oils and not every brand of oils.