If you're like most people who suffer from allergies throughout the year, you may dread going on vacation in fear of being confined to the hotel room with debilitating allergy symptoms. The good news is that by packing a few essentials, you can minimize your downtime, optimize your fun and virtually put your allergies out of your mind. Here are four must-have items you should always bring on vacation with you in case an allergy attack arises:
Some Nasal Spray
Using a nasal spray that contains fluticasone will make it easy to get some relief from itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and sneezing while on vacation. It can take a few days to get the relief you want, so it's a good idea to start using your nasal spray about a week before your planned vacation begins. This will help ensure that you don't end up having to spend the first several days of your vacation in your hotel room.
You can ask your doctor to prescribe you an effective fluticasone nasal spray, or choose an over-the-counter option at your local drug store. If you choose not to use a prescription spray, it's important to let your doctor know what brand you'll be using so they can provide you with guidance and help make sure that you won't have any allergic reactions upon usage. For more information on fluticasone nasal sprays, check out the sites of companies that manufacture it.
A Mini Humidifier
Putting a mini humidifier in your hotel room during vacation is an excellent way to minimize the discomfort that comes along with dry sinuses, congestion, and inflammation due to allergies. Your humidifier will increase the amount of water vapor that's in the air and allow for optimal breathing while you sleep without irritating your nasal passages.
Look for an evaporative humidifier that will fit right in your suitcase and on a nightstand near the bed you'll be sleeping on. Evaporative humidifiers are easy to use – all you have to do is fill its small reservoir with water and allow the wick and filter to do its job of spreading water vapor throughout the room's air.
An Essential Oil Kit
With the help of essential oils, you can boost your immune system and decrease inflammation to minimize allergy symptoms while you're on vacation. Pack a small kit that contains a diffuser and vials of various essential oils that you can use in your hotel room, in a restaurant, or while sightseeing to keep your allergies in check. Consider including the following effective options:
- Peppermint Essential Oil – Helps to unclog sinuses, relieve itchy throats, and reduce coughing.
- Basil Essential Oil – Reduces the typical inflammatory response to allergens and aids in detoxification.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Expands the sinuses and lungs for easier breathing and lessens allergy symptoms overall.
You can put your essential oils in a diffuser to fill your hotel room with their essence, rub your favorite oils directly on your skin when you're out and about, or dilute the oils in a bathtub at the end of a long day to ensure a good night's sleep.
A Collection of Herbs
Believe it or not, a healthy dose of herbs can provide substantial allergy relief, so consider bringing a small collection on vacation with you so they're always handy and ready to use. Pack some rosemary to give your body an antioxidant boost, and get rid of irritating symptoms. Keep some shiso in your bag to protect yourself from accidental exposure to seafood allergies while eating out.
Keep sore throats and general allergy discomfort at bay by including sage in your kit. All of these herbs can be steeped water in or added to side dishes and soups, whether in the hotel room or at restaurants. They can even be diffused in coconut or olive oil before heading on vacation and then used in salads, on the skin, and even in the hair.
These essential items will help ensure that your vacation isn't ruined due to headaches, sore throats, or clogged sinuses.