24 June, 2019

Summer Travel Health Essentials For Your Hand Luggage

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 the 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 if you are pregnant, breastfeeding 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 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 backpacking 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 armoury 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. Zap-It! is also available online from Amazon or www.ecobrands.co.uk.


82 responses to “Summer Travel Health Essentials For Your Hand Luggage”

  1. Susie Wilkinson says:

    The Migrastick looks really interesting, I’m often searching about in my bag for painkillers when headaches start.

  2. Natalie Gillham says:

    I’d love to try this, to see whether it could prevent a full blown headache when I feel one brewing. Thanks for the review.

  3. Alica says:

    I need to try out that Migrastick! Thanks!

  4. Katrina Adams says:

    I’m adding these items to my to-buy list. I suffer regularly with headaches but don’t like to take medication and tend to try and tough it out with plenty of water and a sleep if I really need it (although not always a practical solution). I like the fact that it’s natural ingredients and is something I can just keep in my bag. Hubby suffers from travel sickness so would certainly get him the ginger sweets and we both suffer when we get bitten by bugs. These are certainly must-have editions

  5. Peter Watson says:

    Thanks for some very advice of things I just hadn’t thought of.

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

  7. Caroline Signey says:

    First aid kit

  8. Chantelle Kemp says:

    Baby wipes!

  9. Phillip James Davies says:

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

  10. Purmala Shrestha says:

    My Clothes 🙂

  11. Lynn Hughes says:

    My Mosquito Net.

  12. Anonymous says:

    my tweezers

  13. Heather Tinkler says:

    A hairbrush!

  14. jade Stacie says:


  15. Kirsty Woods says:

    My family

  16. Joanne Jarvis says:

    Calpol & baby wipes xx

  17. Paul Pratt says:

    phone ofcourse 😛

  18. Sheebasima says:

    Tissues and mints

  19. CLAIRE LITTLE says:

    my phone

  20. glossy23 says:

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

  21. Corinne Peat says:

    My camera, I take pics of everything.

  22. Kate says:

    Hand sanitiser and wet wipes

  23. Jill Fairbank says:

    Paracetamol and baby wipes

  24. painkillers, as I nearly always get a headache when travelling

  25. Rhian Nelmes says:

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

  26. Eloise says:

    mini wet wipes 🙂

  27. maggie glover says:

    My phone

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

  29. Anonymous says:

    My camera and phone
    Jade H

  30. Chris Fletcher says:

    For me it has to be my camera!

  31. Kim Neville says:

    Travel sick tablets as my kids get travel sick

  32. donna jones says:

    baby wipes

  33. Gfoster says:

    My specs

  34. Michelle Wild says:

    Wet wipes.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Baby wipes.

  36. Nicola Holland says:

    Wet wipes

  37. Kat Allinson says:

    My inhaler

  38. zoe somerfield says:


  39. cheryl kean says:

    mine has to be baby wipes and my phone !!

  40. teresa1963 says:

    baby wipes andcredit card

  41. teresa1963 says:

    baby wipes headache tablets

  42. Sarah Wyatt says:

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

  43. Paul Stanley says:

    Lots of books

  44. lynn heath says:

    Baby wipes! I use them for everything!!!

  45. Emily Carter-Dunn says:

    My mobile phone. EJ Dunn

  46. laura stewart says:

    the kids 🙂

  47. kasza says:

    Husband 😉 … and baby wipes

  48. John Taggart says:

    Tea bags you can never get a decent cuppa abroad

  49. claire griffiths says:

    antibacterial alcohol hand gel

  50. Marsha Richardson says:

    Lip balm (high spf)

  51. Paula Barker says:


  52. Kevin Honey says:

    My passport, everything else is optional…

  53. Anonymous says:

    Hair Straighteners
    Claire D

  54. siobhan davis says:

    Suncream 🙂 Got to keep yourself protected x

  55. twinlay06 says:

    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

  56. Allan says:

    My prescription sunglasses

  57. Iona Cornish says:

    A basic first aid kit

  58. Anonymous says:

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

    Rachel Craig

  59. Kaci Soderstrom says:

    My clothes

  60. 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

  61. Charlotte Cooke says:

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

  62. Anonymous says:

    pocket tissues

    ~ Anthony G

  63. elaine dale says:

    my keys

  64. Rey Chun says:

    A hair dryer

  65. mummy24 says:

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


  66. 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. :/

  67. Bekaah Rose says:

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

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