March 09, 2017
Our travel kit is always packed and suitcase ready because we are a traveling family. We have a whole set of toiletries and herbal medicine dedicated to globetrotting. Whether staying close or going across the pond, our kit has been sufficiently stocked with the basics to take care of the whole family.
This may sound strange, but Niles is (and I know he always was) his own person now. When we go out to eat we order him his own plate of food. He’s not nursing anymore and sleeps in his own bed, in his own room. He has a whole life at daycare with friends, not to mention he’s forming sentences, many of which begin with an emphatic “NO.” He is not a baby anymore, so no longer feels like an extension of me, if that makes sense.
So with Niles being Niles, coupled with traveling to Cuba, which is where our most recent adventures took place, I felt like it was a good time to reevaluate our travel kit. Cuba was the first place where I felt like finding medicine or medical care could be challenging for us. We’ve managed fine through language barriers and no internet access before, but somehow experiencing them both in one place, with a toddler, seemed like too much for me to wrap my head around. This feeling was also heightened by the fact that Niles was sick with a bad stomach virus days before our departure. It made me think about what we would do if he was seriously sick while we were away.
I know we can’t plan for every illness or scenario, but because the actions and benefits of herbs are wide ranging and overlapping, we can be pretty well prepared should some sh*t go down while we’re on the road. At the very least, having the medicine that we feel most comfortable using can buy us time while we look for a local healer, clinic or hospital, should that need arise.
Compiling this version of our travel kit, while totally worth it, was by far the most time-consuming packing task. We have about 120 herbs in our apothecary and we make all of our own body care. Some items were no-brainers and of course, we have most of our product line included in the pack, which is helpful. However, in addition to selecting a handful of herbs to make our kit more complete and robust, I had to think about the following:
1. When we get sick, what does it usually look like?
2. What is the most convenient and efficient way to take this medicine?
3. What if I need to get something in or on my body faster?
4. How many issues can I address with this medicine?
This is a great exercise for everyone. Whether you’re into natural healing or not, having the medicine you need for your family on hand when you’re traveling will put your mind at ease. When you’re away from home you need to know what to administer to yourself or loved one in a pinch. Bring what you would use at home. It’s definitely not the time to experiment with medicine you aren’t familiar with. For us, it’s herbs, but for another family, it could be Tums and Tylenol. If you’re flying, it’s always a good idea to have some items in your carry-on luggage too, in case your bags are lost or delayed.
Ok, so here is what’s in our Herbal Travel Kit and my reasoning for including it:
Back row, left to right
Middle Row, left to right
Front row, from left to right
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