You can imagine how chaotic my last week in the states was before I left for my one month long trip to Asia. This has been a trip I’ve been planning for over six months. Every minute of my life was micromanaged, I didn’t realize how important work was. Up to the last minute and even upon my arrival to the motherland, projects and deadlines were due.
I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it. Yes, I’ve been known to be dramatic, but I managed to hang up on someone as I cried out of frustration less than 12 hours away from my flight. Such a breath of fresh air, I tell ya.
The reasons for my frustrations were lack of time and feeling like I was fighting a cold.
Meeting with my dog’s vet to talk about his allergy meds, then dropping him off to the kennel took up most of my morning. I started to feel sluggish. Every time I did a task, I wanted to take a nap. After packing for a couple of hours and seeing how I turned my home into a disaster zone, I realized I forgot to pick up last minute items. That’s when I turned into the most dramatic person ever. My list had random items on it, so I thought I had to go to 4 different stores. I wasn’t exactly thinking straight, but after I composed myself, I remembered Target. DUH.
First thing first, I had to pick up my allergy meds from the CVS Pharmacy. My doc wrote me double so I wouldn’t run out overseas. Also, my BC pills. I was due to pick up my script but my lady doctor was kind enough to give me another pack so I wouldn’t be without. It’s not fun having to restart a pack at a random time, so don’t forget about this when you travel abroad, girls!
Don’t forget to switch your prescriptions over to your local Target/CVS pharmacy for the discounts and rewards J ! CVS Health Rewards allows patients $5 in ExtraBucks for every 10 prescriptions filled.
International power adapter, Travel Smart by Conair. We’re such a slave to technology, you can’t be without this life saver. I carry this in my book bag, wherever I go here!
Because I was feeling awful, I knew I needed to give my immune system a boost during my final hours in the states and on my flights. The CVS section of Target had so many options, I went to town.
Emergen-C Immune Plus chewables in orange blast.
Airborne effervescent tablets, I bought two tubes because they’re pretty awesome and one of my go tos when I start to feel under the weather.
Cold-Eeze Plus Multi-symptom relief lozenges.
Emergen-C Emergen-Zzzz Nighttime Sleep Aid with Melatonin. This has been one of my favorite sleep aids that I came across this year. It helps me fall asleep, stay asleep and I don’t feel groggy when I wake up. Even if you’re a great napper, I suggest having some sort of sleep aid on hand during an international flight. Babies cry, people make noise and turbulence throughout the flight happens.
As you can see in the pictures above, I picked up POM Pomegranate juice and Target’s Simply Balanced soups: Chicken Tortilla and Chicken and Wild Rice. The soups hit the spot. Delicious and easy to make, better than grabbing fast food! My big brother and I always pick up Pomegranate juice when we’re not really too hot. I remember getting really sick about a decade ago and I woke up to a bunch of POM bottles. He told me to chug them because pomegranate is a great antioxidant. Brother knows best, he was absolutely right. The super fruit has fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and potassium. We swear that we get better in no time because we drink pomegranate juice!
My final and random items were personal care products and candy.
I don’t know why but whenever Filipinos go back home, they bring their families tons of chocolate. I had to get one more batch for the family. Again, I really don’t know why this is a thing. I’ve seen tons of American brand chocolates here and they aren’t expensive like people claim. I’m guessing it is a way to show love or American candies were expensive back in the day..but..definitely not true in 2016! A random person that isn’t even family messaged me on Facebook asking for chocolate. Super weird.
After I purchased all of my goodies, I started taking the immunity boosting supplements as soon as I got in my car because I still had to clean up my house and put everything away. My night was long, sleepless, which I don’t suggest before ANY flight. I drove myself to the airport at 3 am, somehow got two huge suitcases out of my car and checked in. It was all a blur, seriously. Instead of 22 hours of travel time, it was over 48 hours for me. There were so many delays, one cancellation which had me in Dallas for the night.
But I made it and I’m healthy!
Fastest way to boost up your immune system before or during a flight? Go on attack mode, nip your sickness in the bud.
1. Chug lots of water, flush out your system.
2. Load up on antioxidants and vitamin C. Not only is water great, but green tea and coconut water are other options to drink through out your trip, but water is number 1!
3. Feed your cold, don’t go hungry. Your immune health actually starts in your gut. Take probiotics and consume lots of hot soup.
4. Try to sleep if possible. I didn’t get rest the night before my flight, but I got plenty of rest during my flights and layovers. Set your alarm on your phone before your boarding time so you won’t oversleep and miss your flight.
5. If you’re flying international and feel awful, paying for a shower in the Admirals Club is life changing. Sick or not, a hot shower after a 12 + hour flight is the way to go. There’s also plenty of rooms to rent in International terminals for people who want an actual bed to sleep on.
My visit to the Philippines is a huge deal because I haven’t been here since I was a toddler. It also happened to be my aunt’s 70th birthday. This year has been a challenge with her health, my family actually thought they were going to lose here a few months ago.
I finally got to meet and hang out with my little nieces. They’re so sweet and fun, I can’t get over how adorable they are. I’m living with all of them right now, it’s such a cool experience.
During our little photo shesh, they took off running.
They flagged down a Binatog street vendor to surprise me.
Binatog is steamed corn, shaved coconut and a little bit of salt.
My girls are the best. Such a delicious treat!
You mix the ingredients in the bag with your hands, rip open a tiny piece of the top and slurp up the goodness.
The weekend before I left for Manila, Hurricane Matthew hit Orlando. Since I got here, I’ve been through two typhoons. We didn’t let the typhoon ruin the party!
I can’t wait to share my trip with you all but the WiFi here is very slow, so I may just take a little bit of a social media break.
Thank you CVS for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest and completely my own.