Bryan L. Frank, M.D., an integrative physician who has traveled to more than 60 countries on more than 100 medical missions, has always used natural therapies to stay well while traveling. He emphasizes the difference between the side effects that come from the use of traditional pharmaceuticals and the side benefits that can result from using natural products.
In his book, Travel Well, Naturally: An Essential Guide to Staying Healthy on Personal, Business or Mission Travel, Frank provides a compact reference for travelers to pack in their carry-ons. Some of his key tips for staying healthy while navigating crowded planes, airports and other public places include getting healthy or staying healthy prior to travel; consuming a diet of whole, organic and live foods; staying hydrated with clean water and getting plenty of rest; and taking probiotics and immune support daily for one week prior to and one week following travel.
Frank’s list of essential travel remedies includes activated charcoal for food-borne illnesses or microbial infections; pH structured silver sol to prevent many acute illnesses; and a homeopathic first aid kit that includes Arnica montana, calendula, belladonna, Apis mellifica, nat sulph and more. In addition, Frank recommends carrying botanical remedies such as St. John’s Wort for travel fatigue, valerian root for sleep, and Echinacea for cold and flu. Pure essential oils are a must-have as well, including lavender, peppermint, tea tree oil and thieves blend.