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How To Feel and Look Better At 35,000 Feet: 10 Insider Travel Secrets
Everyone knows about safe travels, but comfortable travels? Isn’t that an oxymoron? These days, everyone travels—and everyone complains about it. But there are some readily-available remedies to make your trip easier, more comfortable—and dare I say it?—even more luxurious.
After spending 25 years as a professional travel journalist, here are my tips for how to make a “bon voyage” even better. Everyone already knows about eye shades and noise-reducing headphones—but without these recommendations, you just might ruin your trip.
Here’s a homeopathic product I swear by in my travels: Arnicare. It’s a fact that much of travel involves sitting, sitting and more sitting, and my entire body starts to shut down when it’s not moving. I always bring Arnicare Gel with me to relieve achy, sore and stiff muscles—the result of too much time spent in seat 23A or in the backseat of a car. Arnicare—which contains Arnica montana—is quickly absorbed, unscented and non-greasy, so you can slather it on your stiff muscles.
Oil-Scented Cotton Balls
Here’s an insider travel secret that the initiated know about: the allure of scented oils. Simply purchase scented oils, soak some cotton balls in them, zip them up in separate plastic bags, and stash them in your travel tote. Use cotton balls scented in sweet orange oil to clean and sanitize your surroundings (including tray tables), and ones scented with lavender oil to help induce sleep, relieve bug bites, and remove makeup. Men can even use them as an after-shave. Tote peppermint-oil cotton balls to help with motion sickness.
Why take a detour on the road to Sveltesville? I never transit the tarmac without having packed my breakfast/snack of champions—puffed rice cereal, raisins and powdered nonfat milk, packed in a clear plastic bag. Bring your own plastic spoon and bowl, pour in the dry ingredients, and just add water for a great snack on the plane or at your hotel. I also swear by flavored almonds, which have only about eight calories per nut; some companies even make handy 100-calorie packets. (Try those made with cinnamon sugar or the smokehouse variety.) Low fat cheese wedges on diet bread, fresh fruit and dried fruit are also healthy choices (and after you land, more slimming options than the hotel mini-bar). And I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love turkey pepperoni, which is a guilt-free gourmet goodie, no matter where you are in the world. All of these items will save you from scarfing down high-fat foods at your destination, so you can indulge without the bulge.
Flavored Water Packets
Regular water handed out by the flight attendant is oh-so-boring. But if you bring flavored water packets containing dry powder, you’ll turn a glass of plain ol’ you-know-what into something wonderful. It will not only taste terrific, but you’ll keep yourself hydrated on the road.
Lip Balm and Scented Moisturizer
Everyone knows how parched your lips get when you spend time on a plane. By the time you land, your smackers are dying of dehydration. Keep a tube of lip balm in your pocket as ammunition against the stale dry air. Don’t forget a moisturizer for your face for radiant results by the time you land. I especially love scented moisturizers when I travel, as the scent you choose makes your immediate surroundings more succulent and much more pleasant than the horrible odor of diesel fuel. I personally love moisturizers in Hawaiian scents such as mango or plumeria flower, as well as those in chocolate.
Silk or Satin Pillowcase
Use it to cover the travel pillow that you tote in your carry-on. I also always place my silk or satin pillowcase over the cotton pillowcase in my hotel room or cruise ship stateroom for sybaritic slumber that’s kinder and gentler to my face and which obviates wrinkles.
It’s an absolute travel necessity, to repair just about anything. Use it to quickly hem your pants, mend your luggage (as I had to do in Bora Bora once), fix a broken shoe, or hang a note on your hotel room door. I can tell you this—if you don’t pack duct tape, chances are you will need it!
Photocopy of Your Passport
Don’t leave home without a photocopy of your passport or a PDF of it downloaded to your smart phone. When you get to your destination, stash the passport in your hotel safe, and take the copy with you when sightseeing or shopping. Should you lose your passport, at least you will have a photocopy, which is invaluable.
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For weekend warriors and active boomers, staying healthy and fit as their bodies age can come at a cost. Not only is there wear and tear on joints and muscles, but bumps, falls and overexertion while working out or competing can also occur.
“Weekend warriors and boomers are particularly more susceptible to injury because oftentimes they are not keeping themselves physically prepared for exertion,” says Anne Meyer, M.D., whose private practice in West Los Angeles focuses on sports rehabilitation medicine with integrative approaches to muscular-skeletal pain management.
Dr. Meyer says simple stretching, as well as getting exercise at least three times a week, is an essential measure that can prevent the likelihood of injury. She adds that good nutrition is also key to reducing pain.
“Eating healthy, such as incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet and relying less on pre-packaged food, allows the body to repair itself better by helping build new healthy tissues,” she says. “Tissues are continually being renewed. Sometimes what you remove from your diet is more important than what you add.”
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Her other tips for reducing pain include avoiding artificial sweeteners, drinking water more frequently to increase hydration, eating every four hours to optimize the metabolism, and avoiding acidic foods, such as citrus, if arthritis is present since it may exacerbate symptoms.
In the event an injury does occur, Dr. Meyer recommends resting and minimizing physical activity, applying ice to the injured area, elevating the injured arm or leg, and treating pain by applying a topical like Boiron’s unscented Arnicare Gel. Arnicare Gel, which contains homeopathic Arnica montana, safely relieves muscle pain and stiffness, and reduces swelling and bruising.
“In conjunction with eating a good diet, participating in regular exercise, and taking the proper care after an injury, Arnicare Gel can be used to naturally relieve pain in the muscles that have been strained,” says Dr. Meyer. “I recommend it to my patients to help them maintain their active lifestyles and to reduce pain, swelling and bruising when injuries do occur.”
Which Arnicare is Right for You?
Arnicare Gel has a cooling effect for fast pain relief. This non-sticky, non-greasy gel is quickly absorbed by the skin.
Arnicare Cream has a soothing effect and is preferred for use on sensitive areas (i.e., the face). It also works well for massaging sore muscles.
Arnicare Ointment is ideal for injuries that require a longer healing time, such as sprains or stretched ligaments and tendons.
Arnicare Tablets do not cause drowsiness or interact with other medications. The quick-dissolving tablets may be safely used in conjunction with Arnicare Gel, Cream or Ointment.
Arnicare Arthritis tablets are the perfect solution for those suffering from arthritis symptoms. This formula temporarily relieves pain from stiff and inflamed joints.
Arnica montana pellets are designed to temporarily relieve generalized pain, stiffness and swelling. The oral pellets can also be used with an Arnicare topical for combined pain relief.
For the Love of Arnicare
I love using your muscle pain relief gel. I am a dancer, and I get bruises and sore muscles frequently. I use Arnicare Gel before bed every night, and it really works! I can definitely feel it working. The pain has reduced significantly each night since I’ve been using it.
-Emily H., Colorado Springs, Colo.
My son tripped and fell into a window sill. He had a substantial bruise and a little swelling. I applied Arnicare Gel right away. Later the same day, he fell and bumped his head in the same exact spot on the sidewalk curb. There was immediate swelling to the size of a golf ball! I applied Arnicare and was sure that the huge bump and bruise was not going to go away anytime soon. I applied the gel one more time before my son went to bed. This morning, when he woke up, the bump and bruise was almost gone! I couldn’t believe my eyes!
– Josiane D., Upland, Calif.
I’ve been using Arnica since the mid-1950s. I was on a vacation with my parents and twisted my ankle in Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan. My ankle/foot swelled up like a balloon, and I could barely walk on it. My parents said, “We need some Arnica,” and went to a store and got some. I rubbed it on, and the very next day, the swelling seemed to have subsided, and I was able to walk around and enjoy the rest of my vacation with my parents!
– Larry J., San Mateo, Calif.
As a chiropractor, I recommend Arnicare Gel every day in my practice. I’ve appreciated having tubes of Arnicare for my personal use on bumps, bruises, overworked and strained muscles, ligaments, and tendons and as a topical applied when I’ve adjusted team members on the road. Thanks for this marvelous product! Our bodies are amazing in terms of their healing capacity, but Arnicare helps accelerate the miracle!
—Denise Prue, D.C./Category 3 Road Racer, NorCal Velo Women’s Cycling Team
I was in the process of moving a double-size wooden box spring from a mattress set. I dropped the box spring on the top of my bare foot from a two-foot-tall bed frame. Needless to say, it hurt like crazy, until I remembered the Arnicare I keep on handy in my massage office. I hobbled in there and rubbed some onto the already swollen and bruised top of my foot. I also took 5 Arnica pellets before I went to bed that night. I woke up the next day to no swelling, no discoloration and very little pain. Excellent product!!!
–Ann G., certified health coach & licensed massage therapist, Smithville, Mo.
I was pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of Arnicare Gel. After a day of working in the garden, I was very sore the next day. The back of my legs and my shoulders ached. I applied Arnicare to the stiff and sore areas, and pretty much immediately, the stiffness was relieved enough that it wasn’t painful. The soreness lingered, but the Arnicare greatly improved it with repeated uses. When I applied the gel, it felt cool on my skin. It spread very easily and absorbed quickly, without any lingering stickiness or greasiness.
—Alissabeth T., Wetumpka, Ala.
I fell off my bike and hit the sidewalk, I had a deep bruise on my buttocks the size of saucer. The doctor said it would take six months for the bruise to go away. My daughter referred me to Arnicare Gel. Thank goodness, as the bruise was all but gone within two to three weeks, and my doctor was amazed. Thank you so much!
—Anna P., Queen Creek, Ariz.
Arnicare is a must for anyone who wants to have less downtime after a procedure or maintain an active lifestyle but not the effects of it on their skin. It reduces bruise discoloration, which can be unsightly on exposed areas like the face, legs and arms. Arnicare is also good for treating everyday muscle aches and pain from overexertion or minor injuries, so keep it handy in your purse, briefcase or gym bag.
—Dr. Shirley Madhère, Plastic Surgeon, New York, NY
I’m a seasoned triathlete who has more than earned the nickname ‘Crash’—let’s just say I have a habit of crashing my bike and my body. I have tried every healing remedy on the market from good old RICE to prescription ointments. The one and only product that really helped me heal was Arnicare. Overnight, my bruises lighten, and my swelling is reduced significantly. I stand by this product 100%; it has gotten me to every starting line.
–Danielle Cardillo, West Babylon, N.Y.
My papa used Arnicare Gel all the time and gave it to my son when he had a skiing accident and hurt his shoulder. My son put the gel on and went to bed, and when he woke up, he had zero pain. I use it now all the time on my shoulders (I type for a living), and it helps tremendously. Within an hour, I don’t notice the pain so much. Arnicare Gel is really great!
– Vickie B., Seattle, Wash.
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