We all look forward to summer and the quick weekend trips and getaways we'll take, and for the lucky ones, maybe an extended travel too. Warm and sunny summer days are the perfect time for adventures both big or small, and for making lasting memories. But if you want to enjoy yourself while you're away, you need to be prepared for some inevitable bumps in the road. We've all been there: a sleepless night on that camping trip, an upset stomach after a visit to the local snack shack, or the itch of mosquito bites can wipe the fun out of your summer adventures. Here's the great news: pack these three must-haves, and say hello to your healthiest (and most fun) vacation ever.
Sleep soundly with ValeriCalm
If you're like most people, you sleep best in your own bed. It can take a few nights for you to get used to a new sleeping arrangement, such as a hotel room or cottage (not to mention the less comfortable spots like bus seats, and everyone's favorite: airplanes!). Skip the lackluster rest and pack your ValeriCalm when you travel to ensure sound sleep, wherever you are. Take 6 ml diluted in a small glass of water on an empty stomach before bedtime.
Optimize digestion with Canadian Bitters
Optimal digestion is always important, but especially so when you're out and about. Stepping out of your usual diet comfort zone and sampling new foods is one of the hallmarks of traveling, be it tropical fruit or the rare indulgence of roadside poutine. Support digestion with Canadian Bitters and prevent unpleasant digestive symptoms like bloating, gas, lack of appetite, and nausea. Take 1-1.5 ml in a small glass of water on an empty stomach 15-60 minutes before meals.
Soothe your skin with Red Clover Plus Salve
Your skin is your first line of defense against the elements. Minor burns, scrapes, cuts, rashes and the dreaded bug bites are likely during summer adventures. Anyone with sensitive skin is familiar with the soothing action of our Red Clover Plus Salve, but even if you don't normally deal with skin inflammation and irritation, you'll want to pack this one in your first aid kit. The therapeutic, antibacterial salve relieves pain and encourages wound healing. You won't want to travel without it!
For more information on sleep habits check out our blog on why your waking up in the night.
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