Travelers encounter new dust, irritants, pollens and who-know-whats that cause our noses to become stuffed up. Travelers and Tourist need to blow their nose daily to be comfortable and happy.
I suffer from allergies, especially to pollen and spores, and used to be asthmatic. I made 2 important discoveries when I was travelling in India/ Nepal.
first, you can rub a small amount of vaseline on the insides of your nostrils at the start of the day, this will help to catch allergens. I think vaseline is one of the most useful items for travel, I am trying to come up with 101 uses.
second, aerosol deodorants are bad. I realised when I came back from Asia that I hadn't really suffered from asthma at all when I was there. This suprised me a lot, because places like Mumbai and Delhi are very polluted, and also I was being quite active, including at high altitudes. These things should have made it difficult for me to breathe.
I have always known my asthma is linked to hayfever/ allergies, so I wondered if the plant life in Asia was not affecting me in the same way as at home. When I got home, my asthma symptoms returned.
I drew up a long list of all the variables between my life 'on the road' and my life in the UK to try and determine a cause. What I came up with was this: when I was travelling, I used a gel-stick type deodorant instead of an aerosol spray that I used at home. After some experimentation, I switched permanently to roll-on type deodorants, and now avoid aerosols. I have not had an asthma symptom since then, except when I am in environments where others have recently used an aerosol, but they are less severe.
I did not reach nirvana in Asia, but I did make an important discovery!
Ash, this is great, I never thought about aerosol sprays causing problems. I only use insect killer, sometimes spray insect repellent. Adding particulate matter to the air by sprays is a problem. Dust, Dust and more dust in some countries.