Gilded Serpent presents...
With the Ahlan
wa Sahlan festival coming
up soon, it's time for some of us to think about packing for Egypt!
One thing people who are new to traveling long distances often don't
think about packing is health-related items. In addition, a dance event
such as Ahlan wa Sahlan
has classes, and that means there's a risk of over-using muscles or
It's no fun at all
to get sick or injured in another country. Hotel shops often have limited
drugstore supplies, and "real" drugstores are often some distance away
from your hotel. Even if you find a drugstore, there's no guarantee
it will have the supplies you want. Products and brand names sold in
other countries are typically different from your own. Labels might
not be in a language you are able to read. It's best to take all your
favorite remedies and "stay healthy" tools along with you when you travel,
especially to a foreign country.
Here is a packing
checklist that may help you anticipate your own needs. Take the items
that are compatible with how you like to care for yourself, and don't
bother with the others! Think about whether there are any additional
health-related items you may need. Some people prefer natural remedies,
while others embrace the contents of drugstores. I've listed both types
of items below, but only you can decide which are right for you:
*Always talk with your doctor before taking
any new medication
Be Ready for Everything
Health insurance card & information on how to use the insurance
if you need it
- Copy of traveler's
insurance policy if you buy such protection
- Original bottles
for all prescription drugs to prove legality
For Jet Lag Adaptation & Easier Sleep
will be easier for your body to prevent colds and other ailments
if you are well rested.
Sleep & Relaxation Aids:
- Aromatherapy spray
- Scented bath oil
- Immersion heater,
herbal tea, cup
- Relaxing bedtime reading
- Portable CD/tape
player, headphones, and relaxation sound effects or music
- Sleep aid pills*
- Eye mask
to block light
- Earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to muffle noise
- Neck pillow for airplane
Other Jet Lag Helpers:
- Bottled water for
- Washcloth for rehydrating
- Something to snack on
Coughs & Colds
airplanes, buses, and trains are full of people whose cold germs
can infect you.
- Vitamins (C, E,
dietary supplements (zinc, echinacea, Airborne) that you feel are helpful
- Green tea,
immersion heater, coffee/tea cup
to wear over mouth & nose on airplane, in airports
hand wipes or liquid
water nose spray
heater, herbal teas suitable for fighting cough and colds, coffee/tea
If You Have a History of Your Colds Frequently Progressing
Into Serious Bacterial Infections Such As Bronchitis, Sinusitis,
or Strep Throat
Muscle, Foot, & Joint Health
sight-seeing or dancing, you may find yourself with sore muscles
or even injury.
Preventing Pain & Injury
legwarmers and knee braces for dance classes
offering the support your feet require
of how to warm up and cool down effectively for injury prevention
reducers: aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.
for muscles sore from dancing
for wrapping injured joint
pad (for tired feet or muscles only, not fresh injuries)
lotion or foot soak for feet tired from sightseeing or dance classes
Stomach & Intestinal Health
reflux medication (if this is an issue for you)*
for preventing traveler's diarrhea
reducer such as Tums (if this is an issue for you)
such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, or Kao-Pectate*
snacks for restoring muscle strength after diarrhea
Avoiding Motion Sickness on Tour Buses
(either fresh, dried, or candied)
preferably wrap-around to shield eyes from blowing sand/dirt on
pair of prescription glasses (especially if you wear contact lenses)
lens case and sufficient contact lens solution for entire visit
- check liquid levels in bottles before leaving home
of glasses/contact lenses prescription
solution for dry eyes
aid kit with bandages & antiseptic ointment
Moisturizer for dry or sun-stressed skin
Allergic Reactions, Insect Bites
(pills and/or ointments)*
- Asthma inhaler*
Your Own Unique Health Issues
- Tetanus shot before
you leave home if yours is out of date
- Migraine medication
or other headache remedy*
cranberries if you suffer from frequent bladder infections
normal everyday dietary supplements (vitamins, calcium, etc.)
supplies including treatments for cramps (pain relievers, herbal
tea & immersion heater, heating pad)
supply of your normal everyday prescription items to last through
the complete duration of your trip (blood pressure or cholesterol
medication, birth control pills, diabetes control, arthritis treatment,
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