They say your stomach is your second brain. If that’s the case, I must be a genius. I’m headed to Thailand this weekend courtesy of the Thailand Tourism Authority, on a culinary tour of Ubon Ratchathani. This region is notorious for its fiery cuisine, so in anticipation, I’ve been walking around the house muttering “kor mai phet,” (not too spicy) for the past few days. But this isn’t my first trip to Asia, and I know those words won’t save me from Montezuma’s Revenge.
Truth is, if I’m presented with a frothy, fruity cocktail in a tropical country, I’m going to down it before asking if the ice has been made with filtered water. I’ll be on a cooking tour after all, so I don’t want to be too precious. Part of my job is to get down and dirty with the ingredients, and I’m making it my mission to sample as many fried insects as possible. One night in Bangkok and all that…
My arsenal of protection is pretty basic. I’ll be popping probiotics on a regular basis and Ginger Gravol is great for when you’re feeling queazy. When all else fails, there’s always Imodium. Yikes! That stuff scares me, but just toting it around along with my hand santizer makes me feel better. Being stuck in the bathroom during any trip is pretty shitty. Oh come on! You knew I had to stick a crappy little pun in here somewhere, didn’t you?
Here are a few of my other travel buddies I never leave home without.
Best travel meds
I’ve used these homeopathic pills twice now and I’ve gotta admit they worked. I don’t know if they’ll do the trick for everyone, but even it’s just a placebo effect, I’m bringing these babies on board.
As much as I try to avoid the sun, it always seems to find me. This Afterburn gel has topical anesthetic in it, so I’ll get instant relief when (not if) I get burned.
Duct tape and a fresh application of lipstick can get a gal out of almost any predicament. I found this nifty travel size pack at the clinic where I was updating my vaccinations. You never know when you’re gonna need to MacGyver yourself out of a situation, so I’m making like a Girl Guide and being prepared.
What are the items you always travel with? Do you have any tips for sensitive tummies?