Lori Robinson kisses giraffe

If you cringe at the thought of kissing a giraffe (germs), spraying yourself with toxic Deet bug sprays, and ingesting antibiotics like Cipro in order to go on an African safari, then you’ve come to the right place for my best tips for staying healthy while traveling. 

I’ve been traveling to Africa for over 30 years and designing and leading safaris for clients since 2004. These are my favorite natural safari remedies that I suggest to all my clients.

As you know, Africa isn’t the only place in the world with mosquitoes and the potential for Montezuma’s revenge.

So use this list no matter where your travels take you. 


My safari travel bag is never without the following seven items: 



Mosquito Repellent

1.  Cutter lemon eucalyptus insect repellent   

The oil of lemon eucalyptus, or PMD, a natural oil extracted from the leaves and twigs of the lemon-scented gum eucalyptus plant, works well. PMD is the ingredient in the oil that makes it repellent to insects. When researchers from New Mexico State University tested a variety of commercial products for their ability to repel mosquitoes, they found that a product containing lemon eucalyptus oil was about as effective and as long-lasting as products containing DEET.

EcoSmart organic insect repellent.


2.  Citronelle Travel Incense 

This is also a natural mosquito repellent. When lit, the incense will add a little scent to your tent, while at the same time deterring mosquitoes.


3.  Purification

Using Essential Oils is another way to deter bugs. Purification by ‘Young Living’ is a mixture of rosemary, citronella, tea tree, lavender, and myrtle oils. (other companies have copied the name but the ingredients are different).

Add a few drops to water in a small spray bottle and spray on your skin before sitting outside at dusk. (Make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients).

I also recommend Young Living’s Purification for spraying the mosquito netting over your African safari bed and your socks.

If you aren’t going on safari anytime soon, use this oil to purify any hotel or other rooms to freshen and purify the air. 


More Tips For Staying Healthy While Traveling:

Avoiding Montezuma’s Revenge


4. Probiotics (any good brand will do)

Taking probiotics is a natural way to prevent stomach problems.

Take it daily while on safari. I give it to anyone on my tours whose stomach is feeling sensitive.

If you take the probiotics soon after you first feel any symptoms, it seems to prevent a full-on attack of Montezuma’s revenge. I have many clients who swear by it.


Staying Healthy on Safari 

5. Colloidal Silver Spray   

I use colloidal silver spray on the plane to add moisture and protection to nasal passages, helping to avoid catching whatever it is that is flying out of the orifices of the coughing, sneezing passengers who always seem to be sitting right next to me.

You can also place the suggested amount of drops onto your tongue for overall health and to ward off illness.

6. Para Guard     

I always take this, and believe, but can’t guarantee its the reason I rarely have any problems during my travels. 



Staying Cool

7.  Evian Spray 

To cool down while on wildlife drives, simply spray a few spritz of Evian on your face and neck.


Also worth mentioning:

8. Crystal 

It’s a natural deodorant that really does work.


Safari Njema, Safe Travels. Let me know how these items worked to keep you healthy while traveling and if you have any favorites. 



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12 Replies to “Best Tips for Staying Healthy while Traveling”

  1. Lori, this is great! I especially like your joke about what the guides will think of you because of the Avian spray – I can picture it. And yes, I did notice that you don’t mention the crystal deodorant in the bottom right corner of the photo. Do you use that in all climates or just while in Africa?

  2. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. So nice see you here.
    I love Crystal deodorant, and found after using it for a year or so I no longer need to use anything at all. But in Africa it can get very hot in the safari vans so I tend to use it there, whether I think i need it or not. One hint though – don’t let anyone else ever use your Crystal deodorant. I can still (its been 10 months) smell my ex-boyfriends pits on my crystal. YUK. Time for a new crystal you might suggest?
    I’m frugal and an environmentalist, not a good combo for trashing things and buying new. But before my Africa trip in August I will bite the bullet and buy a new one.

  3. Hi Cathy, I am sure with all of your travels you have some great ideas of your own. Happy to hear them here. Thanks so commenting. I always love hearing from you.

  4. My most useful travel health aide is quite simple. it is a small nasal spray bottle with salt water. I mix my own with Sea salt and filtered water. It’s very effective on airplanes, dry climates, dust, and pollen allergies.

  5. That is brilliant. Thanks so much for sharing that tip. Do you spray it directly into your nose?

  6. Great info here Lori. I do like your natural remedies. Some I knew of, but many I didnt. Not natural, I take 1000mg in the weeks ahead prior to a summer trip [and take it all winter anyway] Then I take Vitamin C and 2 Panadol every flight. Twice I haven’t and twice I have caught someones cold or flu. Drink plenty of water during the flight and juices when available. I am just over 6’2″ , don’t mind flying, but don’t sleep easily on planes and find flights and airport sits the most taxing part of travel. Especially coming from Australia, most trips are long and I have done many. Stand up from time to time and take a walk, all good. So touch wood this has kept me from catching other peoples bugs. Even if is just a psychological aid 😉 Tho the sleep part I have yet to master…

  7. Thanks Cam. I like the idea of taking Vit C in high doses a few weeks prior to flying. Makes perfect sense. Thanks for your additional tips on staying healthy.

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