8 Must-Pack Items to Keep You Healthy While Traveling

This guest blog post was curated for Bucky by Kacey Bradley.

People look forward to traveling every year. It's great to take a break from your daily routine to see something new and spend your time on fun activities. Whether you plan to head to the beach or hike a mountain trail, you'll need to travel to get there.

You might not mind traveling as much as other people, but you're still exposing yourself to new bacteria and viruses whenever you step outside where you live. It's the worst feeling to get sick on vacation, so prevent that from happening by watching what you pack.

Check out these eight must-pack items to keep you healthy while traveling. With the right amount of planning before you leave home, you'll prevent yourself from becoming sick, so you have the energy to enjoy your vacation.

A Reusable Water Bottle

When you're home, you always have access to clean water. You might get your water through a filter in your fridge or a countertop filtered pitcher, but when you're away from home, all you have is the sink in your hotel room.

It's expensive to keep buying bottled water bottles, and risky to trust that the water from your bathroom sink is clean. If you pack a reusable, filtered water bottle, you can grab a refreshing drink from an airport water fountain without worrying about potential contaminants in the water. You will also be increasing your sustainable travel efforts!

Vitamin C Packets

Everyone knows the feeling you get when you sneeze on vacation and know a head cold is just around the corner. Carrying around a packet of tissues and cold medication ruins any trip, so pack some vitamin C packets.

Vitamin C is a supplement abundant in foods like broccoli and red peppers, but it's also available at health stores. When you mix a vitamin C packet with some water, it boosts your immune system so you fight illnesses faster. Take one before you leave and pack a few more to help yourself just in case.

Mini Hand Sanitizer Bottles

While you're enjoying a new restaurant, you can go to the bathroom and wash your hands before you eat. It's not the same when you're on an airplane or in a taxi. Save yourself the stress of running around to find a bathroom by bringing mini hand sanitizer bottles on your next trip. If they're small enough, they'll fit in your carry-on during your upcoming flight and help you clean up to prevent getting sick.

Multiple Snack Options

Almost everyone loves a tasty snack, but don't rely on convenience store bags of greasy chips to get you through the day. Think about which fruits and vegetables you enjoy, and pack a few healthy snacks to choose from when you get hungry. A bag of baby carrots and snap peas will give you the satisfying crunch you look for in chips, without the unhealthy ingredients. If you're heading to the beach, make a day of it by packing a ball and setting up for some beach volleyball or kickball to stay active.

Water Bottle Humidifier

If you haven't tried a humidifier, you should on your next vacation. Look for a water bottle humidifier that works out of any bottle or glass. Run it while you sleep at night to deactivate airborne virus particles that cause things like colds and the flu. Plus, you won't need to worry about dry skin in the morning, which is always a win.

Extra Sunscreen Bottles

In the moment when you're stuffing a few last things into your suitcase, remember to throw in an extra sunscreen bottle or two. Even if you're going on a ski trip, the sunshine can still burn your skin and cause problems like skin cancer later on. A little bottle of a high-SPF sunscreen will do the trick to protect your skin while you're away from home.

First-Aid Kit

You never know what could happen while you're on vacation. You might trip on a walking tour and scratch your knees, opening your skin to the bacteria around you. A first-aid kit has the antibiotic ointment you'll need to prevent infection. They come in all sizes, so frequent fliers can stay just as safe as people on road trips.

Bring A Sleep Mask

We all know how important sleep is, especially when it comes to being energized and ready to take on the realities of the day! To ensure you get the proper amount of sleep to feel healthy and ready for wherever your travels take you, be sure to pack a sleep mask.

Plan Early

If you start planning far enough in advance, you won't forget any of your healthy travel items. Nutritious snacks, hand sanitizer, and a first-aid kit are just a few things that will help you on any trip. Include these items in your upcoming travel plans to ensure you stay safe and healthy while you have fun.



Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Ruffled, and more!

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*Bucky does not endorse any products or practices suggested by guest bloggers. All ideas and opinions are their own and do not reflect the opinions of Bucky.

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