Working in the emergency department inherently means I am around sick people most of the day. My immune system is taxed regularly. I eat a healthy diet (but let’s be real… I cheat too), I try to get enough sleep (most days), exercise and minimize my stress levels. But I am also a full time travel provider. I live on the road, in new environments all the time, in and out of hotels and on planes multiple times a month. My immune system needs all the help it can get.
My neti-pot is an awesome part of my night time routine (4-5 nights a week). I love this one because it is porcelain. I avoid plastic for many reason, but especially in this case. I have had this neti-pot for over 10 years. I can throw it in the dishwasher and wash it by hand. I swear this has helped me stay healthy during cold and flu season, allergy season (and I do not have allergies that I know of) and with all my regular plane travel.
THIS IS NOT A POST ABOUT HOW TO USE A NETI-POT. Youtube it, ask a sales person at your local health food store or talk to a friend. But do make sure you use distilled water, non-iodized salt and if you water is too cool you will feel like you are being dragged behind a boat!!
This is Betty Blue– she is a good bag, but not perfect. We will get into that later in the gear review section.
First, we have to handle the basics. Usually I check my suitcase. It is free to check a bag (again we will come back to this and many other things). I find it much easier to move through airports when you are light, especially if you have a tight connection. Also, I never have to worry about the overhead space being full. Finally, I generally have something that cannot go through TSA. So I have found it is just so much easier to check a bag.
Scrubs: If you are lucky…. You have access to scrubs and don’t need to pack those. Often I will bring 2-3 quick dry shirts and wash them in the sink.
My work fleece
Stethoscope and printed resources (I am still old school)
Work shoes (I swear by dedicated work shoes for the ED)
2-3 sets of workout clothes
Sometimes a suit for lap swims
Neti-pot/salt (I always regret it if I don’t bring it)