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A few tips for staying healthy during your travels

Dear parents and students,

Staying healthy on this trip is important as we want to make the most of our time here! As soon as you arrive here we will share more tips and information on this topic with you. There are a few things to keep your immune system in good shape.

You may want to consider taking vitamin C before you board the flight and remember to stay hydrated before and during your flight.

We strongly suggest that if you have periods you bring reusable pads (like these http://lunapads.com/) or a menstrual cup (like the Diva Cup or Moon Cup). Disposable pads are available here but tampons sporadically so. We want you to know that it can be very difficult for students to to find appropriate places to dispose of used pads and tampons, especially when we are staying in villages or on trek (and even in some urban homestays). Students have found it much easier and cleaner to use reusable pads or cups. If you have more questions about this, feel free to contact me Sharon ([email protected]).

We travel with a fully-stocked medical bag that includes prescription and over the counter meds. This includes generic forms of immodium, pepto-bismo, Ibuprofen and advil as well as nasal decongestant and cold medicine. There is no reason for you to bring your own stash of these medicines unless you prefer a particular brand or type. That being said if it makes you more comfortable to have them you should feel free, just remember that all over the counter and prescription medications stay with the instructors throughout the duration of the trip. Whatever medication you are bringing on the course, bring enough to last you for the whole trip. Do not assume you can get the same medicine here. Apart from that if you deem necessary there are a few supplements that you can choose to bring along. Please note that these are only suggestions.

Here is the list:

  1. Pro-Biotics – helps strengthen you gut.
  2. Vitamin C – overall immunity boost, it is available in Nepal too.
  3. Echinacea or Airborne- to fight off colds.
  4. Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) – acts like a natural antibiotic (nutribiotic).
  5. Charcoal- acts to absorb bacteria and toxins in the intestines.
  6. Vitamin supplements- We try to make sure that most of the meals we eat during our stay here is healthy and wholesome. But if you think you might need extra vitamins you can bring it along.

Thank you!

Your I-team.