Pack sesame oil – International travel tip

Jetting off to the Swiss Alps or making your first trek up Kilimanjaro? Besides the basics, make a quick trip through your natural health store or local grocer and grab one last essential — a small vial of Sesame Oil.

Used extensively in India as a healing agent, and often used in Asian cuisine, this inexpensive remedy can also be used to aid breathing and prevent clogged nasal passages while in extremely cold temperatures or high altitudes.

And, while most cultures say it’s rude to insert foreign objects in one’s nostril, a quick pass with an oil-slicked finger will keep you breathing free and clear… and isn’t that always more polite than constant sniffling?