I take three specific travel day supplements on travel days.
And, they always help me stay healthy. Whether I’m traveling by airplane or train, I get a boost for my immune system with these. I stay healthy and avoid getting sick. Yay! 💪🏼 💥
Sadly, it’s common for people to get sick after a traveling day.
I mean, who wants to get sick just before a vacation? Not me.
A number of factors contribute to people getting sick from travel day.
- There are crowds of people in places like airports, train stations, and subway stations, inevitably with some who are sick.
- We are usually in confined areas (think airplanes), where you can’t get enough fresh, clean air and people are sharing germs.
- We often lack sleep due to travel days being long and starting early in the morning.
- And, let’s not forget stress. The excitement or anxiety of traveling depresses the immune system.
- Lastly, our diets tend to suffer. Many of us eat more sugars and refined carbohydrates out of convenience.
Not a problem for me though.
I found three travel day supplements that greatly boost my immune system, and they help prevent me from getting sick, in spite of a travel day being harsh on my body.
The 3 Best Supplements to Take on Travel Day
- Echinacea, but you have to get the right kind (angustifolia).
- Zinc, but you must have the proper type and form (acetate and lozenge).
- Matcha green tea powder
I’ll address each of the travel day supplements.
1. Echinacea, specifically echinacea angustifolia
The day of travel I take a double dose of echinacea angustifolia, as its reputation for fighting colds and flu viruses is better and more effective than echinacea purpurea.
I prefer to take it as a tincture for fast absorption.
I take it in the morning. If I find myself around someone obviously sick (sneezing, coughing, etc) while traveling, then I take another 2 to 3 doses throughout the day.
As a result, this gets put in my carry-on bag. Therefore, if I’m flying for my travel day, it needs to be carried in my TSA-approved liquids bag.
Obviously, if I’m using this as one of my travel day supplements for fighting and preventing cold and flu viruses, then it’s amazing anytime of the year for the same reason. I always keep this specific brand stocked in my medicine cabinet.
Dr. Christopher’s makes an excellent children’s version which Kamea likes. However, I’m not carrying two bottles on travel day, so she gets the grown-up version with a smaller dose.
I find Dr. Christopher’s echinacea angustifolia very reasonable in price.
2. Zinc, specifically zinc acetate
There’s one form of zinc that will magnify healing and prevention of getting a cold or flu, especially ones involving your throat.
Furthermore, there is one brand, that I know of for now, that makes this zinc in a lozenge (needed). It’s Life Extension and it’s cheap (even cheaper buying from them direct (and buying in bulk) vs the amazon link above, but amazon is easy)!
Depending on how long my travels will be, I either pack a whole bottle or just a few lozenges.
On travel day, I suck on one in the morning. Then, I pack a few in a zip-type bag, for my carry-on bag or purse.
If I find myself in close proximity to someone sick, I take another.
These zinc lozenges are amazing.
In fact, of the three travel day supplements I’m writing about today, if I could only choose one, it’d be the zinc acetate lozenges.
3. Match Green Tea Powder
A hot beverage, especially one that is known for fighting viruses and has caffeine, is a welcome part of any travel day. The caffeine gives us energy which is great. 👊🏼
But, doesn’t coffee do that, too?
Yes, coffee gives us energy with the caffeine.
However, matcha has a secret weapon inside it.
By increasing our alpha brain waves, matcha can enhance our mood and increase our concentration. That’s in addition to the energy boost we get! All are excellent for travel days.
Imagine feeling calm, confident, and happy while traveling through stressful airports or train stations, especially if you have young ones in tow?
It’s possible! Drink a strong cup of matcha.
I find that brewing a strong cup, which for me is 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder whisked into 8 to 12 ounces of warm/hot water, has an immediate effect on my anxiety and energy levels.
I liken it to Xanax, but without side effects.
I like matcha green tea powder so much that I wrote a whole book with recipes using matcha.
Start your travel day morning with a cup of strong matcha green tea powder. (Quick warning, strong matcha on an empty stomach can cause a tummy ache so hold off on drinking it until you have some food.)
Another great way to enjoy it while traveling is to simply add a teaspoon (or more) to your bottled water, and shake it up with vigor.
One of my favorite matcha green tea powders is Mushroom Matcha Drink Mix, by Four Sigmatic (use coupon code KRISTENSRAW for 10% off). It also has Lion’s Mane in it for extra brain power and immune system boosting, plus ginger.
Then, be sure to pack a small baggie of it to take with you. Once you get to an airport or train station, get a cup of hot water (or bottled water) and enjoy your second serving.
Matcha green tea powder is better than coffee on a travel day.
You still get a great energy boost from the caffeine, but without the jitters. It makes you happy, for real. And, it helps protect your body from viruses. That’s a win win win!
Honorable mention: Water 💧
It should go without saying that it’s vital to stay hydrated and so drink plenty of water. This not only keeps you hydrated but also gets you moving more. You’ll need to use the restroom more, and getting up to use it will keep you from sitting in one place too long.
There are a few travel day supplements that can greatly improve your chances of arriving at your intended destination healthy, happy, and relaxed.
Be sure to include these in your future travel days.