Dr. Jen Jewell-Larsen’s Travel Kit

Dr. Jen Jewell-Larsen’s Travel Kit

Our family always packs a travel kit of medical essentials, even for a brief weekend getaway. It’s good to be prepared and you never know what might be accessible during your adventures.

Here’s my suggested list for your travel kit:

  • A basic first aid kit containing bandages, gauze pads, wet wipes, hand sanitizer or antiseptic wipes, and emergency medications and topicals.
    • Acetaminophen / ibuprofen for fever management and pain.  If you’re traveling with kids, take an adult and kid friendly version.  Read the label or talk to your doctor about dosing.  
    • Benadryl liquid/chewable in case of allergy reaction.  It’s always a good idea to have this on hand if you need it.  Read the label or talk to your doctor about dosing.
    • Emergency antibiotics depending on where you are traveling.  Talk to your doctor about the area you are traveling to and whether this is appropriate.  
    • 1% hydrocortisone cream for difficult itchy rashes / bug bites.  Never use hydrocortisone for more than 2 consecutive weeks
    • Herbal bug spray, we recommend Cutter’s Lemon Eucalyptus Spray
    • Wise Woman’s All Purpose Herbal Salve* is useful for healing cuts and scrapes 
    • Triple antibiotic ointment for new deeper cuts and scrapes
    • Traumeel cream* for injuries and sore muscles.  Apply twice daily, massage in.  Great to speed recovery of sore muscles after a long day of walking!
    • Aloe vera gel to treat sunburns
  • Useful tools to include:
    • A handheld thermometer (check the batteries are working!)
    • Tweezers
  • Travel supplements and when to use them:
    • Probiotics, preferably shelf stable if unknown access to a refrigerator.  Plan to take your usual dose daily to bolster up your digestive and immune health.  Take extra along with you in case you need to double your usual dose with food poisoning or a tummy bug.  I recommend Klaire Lab’s Ther-biotic Synbiotic*.  This is a strong 50 billion orgs multipurpose probiotic that does not require refrigeration.  
    • Activated charcoal is a great tool to use for an upset tummy, food poisoning or traveler’s diarrhea.  Integrative Therapeutics Activated Charcoal* is my usual recommendation, but it’s also easy to find this on the shelves at your local pharmacy.  Note that adheres to nutrients and compounds in you tummy, so take it at least 2 hours away from medications, other supplements and food.
      • Adults 2 caps every 2-3 hours as needed
      • Kids 1/4-1/2 cap every 2-3 hours as needed (ok to open caps and mix in water)
    • Immune support can reduce your risk of picking up unwanted souvenirs from your trip.  Vital Nutrients Viracon* can be taken preventatively (teens and older only), beginning a week before leaving for trip, or if you start to experience symptoms during your travels.  This includes a mix of immune supporting herbs – it is best to discuss whether this with your doctor before starting this.    
    • Electrolyte powder or tablets in case of dehydration, vomiting or diarrhea.  Jigsaw Health’s Electrolyte Supreme* comes in single serve packets.  LMNT is another great option – it’s saltier than most, so it’s not appropriate for people with sodium sensitive medical conditions
    • Vital Nutrients Triple Mag* is a great tool to manage constipation with travel.  Typically 1-2 caps before bed is plenty to get things moving the next day, but definitely talk with your doctor about appropriate dosing so things don’t end up going the other way…
    • Arnica 6c* can help take the edge off of discomfort from injuries or bruises and can speed recovery
      • Dosing is 5 pellets three times a day for kids and adults
    • Lavender essential oil* is a great gentle tool to use topically for bug bites and sunburns
    • Pure Encapsulations Liquid Melatonin* is my go to for adjusting quickly to time changes or difficulty falling asleep in new locations.  The general rule for adults is 1-5mg 30 minutes before bedtime for the first 3 days after a time change or with difficulty falling to sleep.  Talk with your doctor if you’re wondering about using melatonin for kids.  

Remember to always check the expiration dates on any medications and replace them as needed. Include any emergency medications like an inhaler or Epipen. 

It’s also a good idea to pack extra supplies in case of unexpected delays or emergencies. Being prepared can bring peace of mind and potentially save you from discomfort or even a trip to the hospital during your travels.

In addition to these travel kit essentials, there are some other important things to keep in mind while traveling.

It’s always a good idea to research any potential health risks or outbreaks at your destination and take necessary precautions. This may include getting specific vaccinations or bringing along additional medications for certain illnesses.

It’s also important to listen to your body and rest when needed. Travel can be exhausting, so make sure to take breaks and get enough sleep. And don’t forget about staying hydrated – bring a reusable water bottle and refill it often.

Wishing you and your family a summer full of safe and exciting adventures!

Supplements noted with a * are available through your Fullscript account:  https://us.fullscript.com/plans/jjewell-larsen-dr-jl-s-travel-kit .

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Dr. Jennifer Jewell-Larsen, San Jose Naturopath

Dr. Jennifer Jewel-Larsen
Naturopathic Doctor San Jose


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