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10 Remedies to Keep the Flu from Ruining Your Vacation

by Berit Baugher

Snaefellsnes, Iceland. Photo by Simon Schmitt / .

Nothing bombs a much-anticipated vacation like a nasty head cold. Traveling with a stuffy nose or sore throat leaves you longing for the creature comforts of home. This winter, pack these ten wellness products to help deal with flu-like symptoms on the road.

Add moisture to air and relieve congestion with a portable, USB-powered humidifier that attaches to most water bottles. ($28)

Handy hydration packets combat lethargy and that blah flu feeling. The secret is in the science: just the right amount of natural sugar to ensure the body soaks up all those critical electrolytes. (From $17)

Remedy travel fatigue with an instant and natural energy spray that comes in a TSA- friendly container. ($18)

Alleviate muscle aches and pains, sprains, bruising, and torn ligaments with a soothing, scented salve containing eucalyptus and lavender essential oils. ($20)

Kill germs and keep hands clean and moisturized with a pocket-sized bottle of hand wash that doesn’t require water. ($21)

Originally used by soldiers, this skin salve heals minor abrasions, dryness, bug bites, and sun/wind burn. ($27)

A calming blend of tension-reducing oils, including Roman chamomile, clary sage, and orange peel. ($38)

Strengthen immunity and ease coughs and colds by adding a dash of all-natural powder (cinnamon, licorice, ginger) to warm water for a tea-like drink. ($8)

Soothe neck and back pain with a portable massage pillow and mat containing thousands of tiny stimulation points to aid in circulation. ($30)

Soak away achey muscles with a soothing herbal bath soak packaged in a travel-friendly, single-use pouch. ($6)

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