Your Pre-Travel Checklist

Traveling-HealthWhether you’re piling in the minivan to visit family or jetting overseas, a little prep work—and stocking up on essentials—can make traveling a breeze this summer.

Check to see if you need vaccinations
Many international destinations require or recommend travel immunizations. A Pharmaca pharmacist can help you identify which vaccinations you need based on your destination, and administer them in the store.

Our pharmacists can also give you information on other safety and health considerations at your destination. Just call ahead to request your pre-travel consultation and vaccines a few days ahead of time. Learn more about pre-travel vaccinations at Pharmaca >

Stock your travel first aid kit
Getting sick when you’re away from home can be no fun. Dr. Sarah Ouano, ND, at our Madison Park store in Seattle, talks about the travel essentials she often recommends.

“The biggest thing in travel is prepping your body for new foods,” Sarah says. That’s where probiotics come in. She recommends Saccharomyces Boulardii, a strain that has been shown to prevent traveler’s diarrhea; Jarrow Formulas’ version is especially helpful, she says, because it combines the strain with MOS, an oligosaccharide that helps remove bad bacteria.

She also recommends giving yourself a little immunity boost while traveling, especially if you’re going to be on crowded planes and trains. “My favorite thing right now is Kick-Ass Immune from WishGarden Herbs,” Sarah says.

If you’re prone to motion sickness or nausea, Sarah loves Ginger People’s Ginger Chews. “They’re spicy, which is what’s helpful for the stomach,” she says. “You need the punch in the mouth to get the salivation going.” She also likes to keep WishGarden Herbs’ Mo Betta Belly on hand. “It helps with anything digestively, since it’s chock full of carminitives like peppermint, ginger, fennel and catnip.”

For jet lag, Sarah recommends a combination homeopathic remedy like Miers Laboratories’ No Jet Lag, which can help reset your circadian rhythm when taken throughout your flight. Later, when you’re headed for bed, Sarah recommends Deep Sleep by Herbs, Etc.You do have to take it as directed—one hour before bed and one at bedtime,” she says. “But it will knock you out throughout the night!”

Pack some healthy snacks
Leave the temptation of candy and soda behind when you keep healthy, satisfying snacks on hand. Natural energy bars, refreshing coconut waters and organic trail mixes are the perfect pick-me-up when a healthy meal is out of reach. And for a sweet treat, grab one of our delicious Pharmaca brand Chocolate Bars, Rainforest Alliance and non-GMO certified.

Talk to a Pharmaca practitioner about the best supplements and strategies for your destination!

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