Minor health problem bugging you? Try these doctor-approved remedies for convenient relief.

Backache from a long plane ride? Sunburn from too much time walking by the water? Here are doctor-proven strategies to battle these and other common problems for travelers.

Back pain

Pack a tennis ball—it’s a small but mighty helpful addition. Lie on the floor with the ball under your back and roll around on it until you feel it pressing a tight spot—then stop and try to relax your body into it. 

Insomnia

Listen to an audiobook. Research has shown that, for some people, this can help quiet a worrisome internal narrative that might make it hard to fall asleep.

Itchy mosquito bites

Make an aspirin paste. Crush a low-dose aspirin, mix it in an ounce of water, then rub it on the itchy area. Its anti-inflammatory properties will also help reduce redness.

Nasal congestion

Bring store-bought nasal saline solution to wash out pollen and thin mucus for quick relief.

Muscle soreness from workouts

Pick up some tart cherry juice (often available at health-food stores or natural-food markets). Tart cherries contain higher amounts of anthocyanin, an antioxidant that can help repair the damage from hard workouts.

Sunburn

Soak a towel in cold tea and use it as a compress. The phytonutrients will help soothe the burn.

 

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