When a drugstore isn’t within easy reach, here are the top 10 common foods that can solve unexpected travel emergencies.
Use it to take the pain out of a wasp sting, but never a bee sting.
If stung by a jellyfish, douse the wound in vinegar and rinse with salt water. Never use alcohol or fresh water, which will only make the stinging worse.
In case you forgot bug spray, use tomato slices to prevent itching and swelling caused by insect bites by simply putting a slice on the affected area. Tomato sauce can also be used to take out the tinge of green caused by chlorine-laden pools and two cups of tomato juice in a bath will eliminate strong body odors.
For colds or sore throats, enjoy a hot cup of tea infused with ginger. It can also be used to fight nausea and motion sickness.
Use salt to heal mouth ulcers. Either apply directly to the wound or mix in a cup of water and rinse.
Yogurt serves as an antibiotic: it helps boost the immune system, can cure travelers’ diarrhea, and can even soothe ulcers. Just make sure it contains a live acidophilus culture.
Since it can be eaten with almost anything, use it to cure nausea and upset stomachs.
Light a small container of ground coffee to act as a wasp repellent, a technique borrowed from the Greeks.
Munching on a banana can alleviate much of the stress associated with traveling. The 14 grams of sugar can provide a mild sugar rush that helps the brain produce serotonin.
If sunscreen isn’t readily on hand, an avocado rubbed into the skin can deliver the same amount of protection from UV rays. Its many other uses include skin moisturizer, cleansing cream, makeup base, and hair conditioner.