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Traveling Naturally: How to Bring Natural Remedies on the Plane

Katie December 4, 2012
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The holidays are here! For many that mean traveling to spend time with family who live several hours away. In the business of preparing to leave don’t forget to keep your family healthy.

Germs flow in abundance in crowded, busy place like airports, train terminals and bus stations. You want to have a strong immune system before heading to your distention.

If you don’t check your luggage it can be hard to get all your natural remedies in your carry-on.  Normally I check my luggage but at times I’ve just taken my carry on. I don’t like to travel with out my home remedies; especially when I know that I am going to be exposed to lots of germs.

 The Problem

If you have traveled by air in resent years you know that you can’t carry on more than 3.4 ounces (100ml) of liquid per container in a quart sized plastic zip lock bag. That makes it tricky when you have tincture, lotions, cough syrups, ect.

You can bring many natural remedies on the plane it just takes a little creativity!

 The Solution

Here is what you will find in my carry-on:

  • Tinctures (Immunity Boosting Tincture and Pain Be Gone Tincture)
  • Lotion bars (Because they are solid there is not need to worry about using some of you’re allotted liquid on lotion.)
  • Capsules (You can put your favorite herbs in capsules using a capsule machine before you leave.)
  • Salves (DYI Chest Rub, Healing Salve, and Soothing Balm)
  • Chap Stick
  • Deodorant
  • Tea (The flight attendants will give you hot water upon request.)
  • Tea Strainer
  • Ginger Chews (Perfect for those that get sick on the planes. I chew on them during take off and landing to help with nausea and poping my ears.)
  • Filtered Water Bottle
  • Plastic Resealable Bags

Select which tinctures are most important. For me my top two would be immunity boosting tincture and headache tincture.

Mountain Rose Herbs sells glass bottles in many different sizes. For traveling I buy small glass dropper bottles that hold 1 to 3 ounces. This allows me to carry on what I need with out going over the maximum. If you are checking your luggage it’s still great to have small amounts of your tinctures with you on hand. I wrap my bottles in a sock or handkerchief and keep them in a resalable bag to provide padding and to prevent them from leaking.

Mountain Rose Herbs also sells small metal tins. When traveling I use the ½ oz or 1 oz tins. They are small and fit in your carry-on perfectly.

Filtered water bottles are a must for me. Bottle water cost so much money and is not good for you! I bring my filtered water bottle empty through security and then fill it with tap water. Yea, on saving money and healthy choices!

I have traveled to Israel and multiple places in the States with these very items and have never encountered any problems. TSA has a complete list of prohibited items.

Making healthy traveling decisions doesn’t end with bring your natural remedies on board the plane. It is also important to have wholesome, nutrient dense foods with you as you travel. Mare, of Just Making Noise, just arrived home to Honduras from the States with 4 kiddos, one of them being 1 month old! This experienced, world traveling natural mama has a great selection wholesome meals and snacks for airplane travel.

We all know that traveling with kids isn’t easy. Zo&Co is an amazing company that makes Travel Totes for use in planes, cars, trains, and buses. They come in three styles, Original Travel Tote, Kids Travel Tote and Tech Travel Tote. The totes are cleverly designed with 4 to 6 pockets and slide on and off the seat back pocket, keeping everything you would want for your trip in reach. When your trip is over fold the Travel Tote up and store in your carry-on.

I use mine every time I travel filling it with my water bottle, ginger chews, chap stick, book and iPod. For all you mamas out there this is going to be your new best friend when you travel. You can fill it with all sorts of things to keep the kiddos busy without having to reach into your carry on every few minutes.

There you have it, now you can travel naturally with ease! 

How do you travel naturally? What natural remedies are a must for you when you travel?

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Katie is a dorm “mama” to 16 amazing girls ages 5 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She is happiest in the kitchen creating nourishing meals and home remedies or outside with at least one of her girls at her side. She grew up using herbal supplements but didn’t discover the joy of making her own until 2008. Katie is passionate about real food, herbs and simple living. You can find her blogging about all these things and more on her blog, Mexican Wildflower where she is living simply by God’s grace.MexicanWildflower
  1. Great tips. I also add lavender and peppermint essential oil when ever I travel. For clarity, each person traveling can bring one clear quart bag full of items that don’t exceed the 3.4oz limit. Meaning I can put my toothpaste, shampoo, tinctures, essential oils, lipbalm and they can be 17oz or as much as you can sqeeze into the bag.


  2. following. not sure we can do this in Australia


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Hi, I’m Kate.  I love medical freedom, sharing natural remedies, developing real food recipes, and gentle parenting. My goal is to teach you how to live your life free from Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Government by learning about herbs, cooking, and sustainable practices.

I’m the author of Natural Remedies for Kids and the owner and lead herbalist at EarthleyI hope you’ll join me on the journey to a free and healthy life!

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