Winter Cold Remedy Travel Kit (Not Just for Event Planners)

Kwan Loong OilSooner or later, what we all dread happens. You're on the road or you have and important event coming up and the first signs of a cold hit you. I know because I am writing this while I am trying to recover from a cold. I haven't been sick for a long time. I should have seen it coming as it hit the rest of my family at Christmas. It's a good thing I'm home this week.

There is nothing worse than being away from home and suddenly having to rush around and assemble what you need for cold relief. It always pays to be proactive. Assemble a light (weight) cold remedy kit and keep it in your suitcase at all times you so have it at your fingertips when you need it. Since I live in Toronto and we are in the deep freeze for part of the year, I've learned a thing or two about cold remedies. It's not surprising that a lot of these remedies are manufactured in Canada.

Put these items into a cosmetics case and slip them into your suitcase for piece of mind the next time you're coming down with  a cold when you're on the road. I have sequenced them from least to most intense (i.e. the first item on the list is for when you're coming down with a cold, the last items are non-prescription medicinal aids for cold relief).

  • Cold-FxCold-FX Takeit  at the first sign of a cold. It will help you ward off the cold and, if a cold does take hold, it will reduce its severity and length.
  • Kwan Loong Oil I learned about it from an acupuncturist who a family member was seeing and during my travels in Asia. You can pick it up at a number of stores in Chinatown. At the first sign of a cold, put a few drops of oil in a bowl and pour boiling water over it. Put the bowl beside you as you work (at a home office), while you are soaking in a hot bath, during naps, and while you sleep at night.  It will help you breathe more easily and clear congestion.
  • Eucalyptus Oil Follow the same instructions as Kwan Loong Oil. You can pick it up inexpensively in the Caribbean and at West Indian grocery stores. 
  • Cup-a-Soup Chicken soup noodle soup is an effective home ready. When you're on the road, Cup-a Soup is easy to prepare in any hotel room with a kettle.
  • Puffs Plus with VicksPuffs Plus with Vicks I stumbled across these just before Christmas and I am so glad that I stocked up. They are easy on the nose and the scent of Vicks really provides relief.
  • Vicks VapoInhaler When you're traveling to a colder climate, keep one in your cold remedy kit and one in your pocket or purse. When I was recently in New York I noticed that it is not as readily available in the USA. Stock up the next time you're in Canada.
  • Throat Lozenges Take your pick from Halls, Ricola, or Vicks.
  • Cough Syrup Brands include BENYLIN and Buckley's.
  • Neocitran Honey and lemon has long been a home ready for colds. There are non-drowsy and nighttime versions of this hot, soothing lemon drink.
  • Rub for Aches and Pains Choose from Vick's Vapo Rub, Tiger Balm, Counterpain Pain (available in Chinatown), or Buckley's White Rub.

Caution: Keep the oils, rubs and products with Vicks away from your eyes.

Other than that, drink plenty of orange juice and get as much rest as you can...yes catnaps count. Remember, this too will pass.

For more health and wellness tips for event planners also read Event Planner Smarts: 12 Ways to Stop Your Feet From Aching After Events, Planner Solutions: 7 Ways to Stay Well on the Road and 6 Surefire Strategies to Avoid Burnout.

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