I’ve never been one known to pack the whole house when we travel around Europe.
I like to travel light without constraints but I have a child who likes climbing trees and spend hours in the water so here are some of my favourite organic products I pack for the whole family in our toilet bag.
1. FOR SUNBURN AND SUPERFICIAL BURNS
I discovered Aloe Vera a few years ago when we were visiting Steve’s parents in New-Zealand. After a hike with the family, we all got a bit sunburnt and my mother-in-law went to get some aloe vera from her beautiful garden. I have now a pot in France and keep an Aloe Vera tube in the fridge to soothe sunburns after a day at the beach or on the boat. Aloe Vera is very soothing and works wonder.
2. FOR BLOWS & BRUISES
I bruise very easily and between boating and surfing, my legs look like the legs of a 10 years old boy who has been playing rough with his friends so I use Arnica a lot to get rid of the bruises. If Mila suffers from muscular pain, I massage her with Arnica oil and if we are in pain, we take homeopathic granules (3 x 3 times/day).
3. TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THE SUN
SFP50 all the way!
It doesn’t stop you from getting a tan and it prevents you from getting wrinkles. Hindsight is a powerful thing and if there was one thing I would tell my 20 years old self, it would be “protect your skin!”
My basic rules are to apply suncream every two hours and systematically after swimming. I’m leaning towards organic suntan creams more and more because the normal creams are really bad for the eco-system and the world needs some TLC right now.
And of course a straw hat and sunglasses to avoid squinting.
4. AGAINST TRAVEL SICKNESS
None of us suffers from it but if you have children who regularly get sick in the car, plane or boat, it’s always useful to have pepper mint essential oil. Pour one drop on a piece of sugar and let is melt in the mouth. Renew the operation every hour if necessary.
5. FOR MOSQUITOS BITES
To prevent mosquitos bites, a spray is the best, especially if you’re going out. If we have been bitten, I tend to use what my mum was using on us when we were children: white vinegar. It smells a bit but it costs nothing in the supermarket and it prevents hitching.
What are your favourite natural products to take on holidays? Do you have other tips to share?
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