3 Summer Travel Essentials For Your Handbag & Competition

Here are 3 small, but incredibly useful additions to your summer holiday medicine kit.  They are all ideally sized to throw in your handbag as you rush out of the door after the kids on summer day trips too.

First up is a product to soothe your headache – Arkopharma’s Migrastick .

Arkopharma’s Migrastick

This is an all-natural alternative to conventional painkillers which uses 100% pure and natural essential oils to help relieve pain caused by headaches and migraines. Simply roll over temples, forehead or nape of neck using circular massage movements.

The Migrastick with its roller ball

I was a little sceptical, I admit but it has a refreshing smell and is surprisingly cooling and long-lasting when applied to the temples.  I think it would certainly help soothe a brewing headache when you are miles away from a pharmacy.

A note of warning though,  you cannot use this product is you are pregnant, breast-feeding or if you suffer from epilepsy.  And, it’s not for use on children under the age of 12.

Migrastick is small enough to have on you at all times. It’s also reasonably priced at £6.29 and is available from Boots, Holland & Barrett and selected independent pharmacies and health stores nationwide.

If you suffer from traveller’s tummy or are feeling a bit nauseous from too much sun, try The Ginger People’s new Gin Gins CARAMEL – Tasty ginger and caramel sweets. They contain a massive 30% ginger per sweet.

Working mainly in the digestive tract, ginger helps to boost digestive fluids and neutralize acids, making it an effective alternative to anti-nausea medication, without the possible unpleasant side effects. These are ideal travel sweets to keep in the car’s glove compartment to calm wobbly tummies without having to break out the travel sickness pills.

Gin Gins from The Ginger People

They taste like a zingy, ginger, more chewy version of Werther’s Originals and certainly have a kick to them. The ginger may also help mums to be fighting morning sickness. Gin Gins Caramel costs £1.55 for a 31g box and is available from Holland & Barrett stores nationwide.

Finally there is Zap-It!  I don’t know about you but mosquitoes and midges seem to love biting me in the hot weather. They have a way of putting a real dampener on things when you’re outside, with their dive-bombing and blood-sucking antics. So whether you’re back-packing through South America, camping at a festival, out for a run or just barbecuing in your back garden (guess which one I do the most of!), Zap-It! is a handy gadget in your armory against those big, angry red bites. It can be used as and when required by all the family, but not on babies less than 2 years of age.

Zap-It! will stop the itching and reduce the swelling of the bite (but note: it will not remove toxins or infection).  You simply place the flat end of the gadget on to the bite on your skin, hold the Zap-It! between your first 2 fingers and squeeze the button with your thumb.  Press the button quickly, 5 times or more as soon as possible after being bitten for fast relief.  The Zap-It! will also work through light fabrics.

Each Zap-It! will relieve up to 1,000 bites – enough for many years of bites or itches! It is available in different colours from selected health stores, pharmacies, garden centres, all Asda shops and Superdrug, and retails at £5.95. Zap-It! is also available online from Amazon or www.ecobrands.co.uk.

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*PR samples were received for this post.


Marketing professional turned family lifestyle blogger. I live in Cardiff with hubby Mat, Caitlin (10) and Ieuan (8).

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  1. 6 June, 2015 / 9:35 am

    I never travel without my Camera! It's a big part of me – always have it with me no matter where I go 🙂 x

  2. 6 June, 2015 / 10:38 am

    If I'm going somewhere special- like I know I can only do about three times a year, then I take my picture out with me. 🙂 I may have to try that headache relief- I always have to take pills for my severe headaches. :/

  3. 6 June, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Lots of baby wipes – notice a common theme – with kids its a must!


  4. Anonymous
    8 June, 2015 / 10:00 am

    pocket tissues

    ~ Anthony G

  5. 8 June, 2015 / 10:52 am

    very handy things to have with you, will have to look for those sweets as both myself and my eldest suffer with travel sickness x

  6. 8 June, 2015 / 11:26 am

    hand sanitizer! 🙂 need it everywhere! haha also i forgot to add my twitter is isobelle1234 thanks 🙂

  7. Anonymous
    8 June, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    Cash, as it is needed for various reasons :- Travel, travel items, refreshments etc, etc.

    Rachel Craig

  8. 8 June, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    My prescription sunglasses

  9. twinlay06
    8 June, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    Some tissues for me and a cheap can of extra strength hair spray for the roaches in case some come into apartment, it sets their body

  10. Anonymous
    8 June, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    Hair Straighteners
    Claire D

  11. 8 June, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    Suncream 🙂 Got to keep yourself protected x

  12. 8 June, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    My passport, everything else is optional…

  13. 9 June, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    Husband 😉 … and baby wipes

  14. 9 June, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Tea bags you can never get a decent cuppa abroad

  15. 9 June, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Baby wipes! I use them for everything!!!

  16. Paul Stanley
    9 June, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    Lots of books

  17. Sarah Wyatt
    9 June, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    Sweets! Any journey is made better with the addition of sweets!

  18. 10 June, 2015 / 11:55 am

    mine has to be baby wipes and my phone !!

  19. zoe somerfield
    10 June, 2015 / 2:20 pm


  20. Anonymous
    10 June, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    Baby wipes.

  21. Gfoster
    11 June, 2015 / 9:58 am

    My specs

  22. Anonymous
    11 June, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    My camera and phone
    Jade H

  23. 11 June, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Travel sick tablets as my kids get travel sick

  24. 11 June, 2015 / 3:26 pm

    My sunglasses!There's nothing worse than being out on a sunny day and you are almost blinded by the sun.

  25. maggie glover
    11 June, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    My phone

  26. Eloise
    11 June, 2015 / 6:11 pm

    mini wet wipes 🙂

  27. 11 June, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    painkillers, as I nearly always get a headache when travelling

  28. Kate
    11 June, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    Hand sanitiser and wet wipes

  29. 11 June, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    A sick bag, which I collect from flights. At least one of my children gets car sick.

  30. 11 June, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    I never travel without my mini emergency bag – it has a first aid kit, hand gel, tissues, painkillers and a £10 note!

  31. jade Stacie
    12 June, 2015 / 5:43 am


  32. Anonymous
    12 June, 2015 / 10:23 am

    my tweezers

  33. Lynn Hughes
    12 June, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    My Mosquito Net.

  34. Phillip James Davies
    12 June, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    Multi Purpose Pocket Tool – (Swiss Army Knife)! 😉

  35. 16 June, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    I find the Migrasticks are excellent and work really well for me!

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