A win win for Homeowners and Housesitters?

Are you one of the homeowners’ travelers? You know the feeling – that knot that materializes in your stomach as you drive away from your house to begin a two-week vacation. By the time you hit the freeway, familiar refrains are running through your mind: Did I turn off the toaster? The coffeepot? The iron? You wonder frantically. What if I left a burner on? What if we come home to a pile of ashes?

Thankfully, there’s a cure for this same old panic attack: housesitting. If you don’t have a friend or neighbor who can keep a steady watch over your home while you’re away, a housesitter can be an invaluable aid to your sanity. And a Web site called HouseCarers can help match you up with someone in search of a house to look after. And, more importantly, someone with whom you feel comfortable.

Homeowners and housesitters: the guidance

Smoothly navigable and user-friendly, the site walks you through the whole process. From understanding housesitting basics (under such headings as “What are the standard guidelines of a housesitting agreement?” and “Why do people register to housesit?”) to how to register and communicate through the site.

Issues dealing with homeowners’ insurance, security and bill-paying also are covered. And when you’re finally ready to look for a candidate, type in a few criteria (such as location) and browse the listings of prospective housesitters who fit them.

Of course, if you’re interested in the flip side of the process – that is, becoming a housesitter yourself – the site is equally useful. Register your availability and preferences. And wait to see if there’s a homeowner in your area who’s desperate for a little peace of mind. Who says there’s no such thing as a win-win situation?

HouseCarers understands the importance of selecting the most reliable sitter to care for your most valued asset. The site provides exceptional service and is dedicated to the satisfaction of its members. The effective qualities of the site substantiate the claim, “Peace Of Mind While You`re Away.”

For more information on housesitting opportunities, view the web site here

Why do I suggest this?

Most of the times I am abroad for business and traveling I need to leave the house. I don’t have people who can check it often. So I had to accept risks. Thieves, loss from the pipes, and so on. Luckily I don’t have a pet to feed, but some flower that needs water yes. That’s why I discovered and started to use HouseCarers.

I became one of the many homeowners around the world who charge housesitters to take care of the house while they are far. For the sitters is a chance to work. Or better to have a paid holiday somewhere else. Meanwhile, they keep safe and in good condition the house and what is inside.

Don’t worry, the platform is built and also checked by experts. This means that you are safe. They select housesitters because when they subscribe they need to write down data and give guarantees. The same do the homeowners. So there are no bad people around. Plus the staff give the support to prepare the contract.

You have the chance to choose the best housesitter for your house. First, you check and compare competencies and experiences. Then you can organize a video call and ask all that you want to know. So both people can easily cooperate without risks to register damages in the house or to work and don’t get paid. I tried the service and I am completely satisfied. When I travel I feel better, not worried about my house.

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Eat and sleep in Strasbourg

Now it is time to write about my accomodation in Strasbourg and also to share my experience in some restaurants, the ones I really suggest you to go. As you now I like luxury but especially to have some unique and comfortable experiences. You already know how I check the hotels and as always I chosen the structure considering the location in the city and the services provided.

 

The hotel

The five star accomodation is located directly on the river in Petite France neighborhood close to the half-timbered houses and to the most characteristic restaurants of the city. It is the best position to start the visit of the city and to enjoy a lovely view of Strasbourg. The Régent Petite France Hotel offer a restaurant with a terrace from where admire a great panorama.

The ideal place to visit the city and the proximity with the shops and the attractions are not the only strenght of the structure. The building was built in XIX century and it was an ice factory, not the shape is the same, but there are modern elements and especially inside the setting is modern style, in the lobby as in the rooms. Elegance is anyway the main feature in every corner.

Inside there is a spa and a fitness center, but I did not have time to use them, I preferred to go around in the city. About the rooms I can underline the big space and a contemporary style of the furniture and of the décor. The bathroom are made with marble and the suite has a balconie from were to enjoy the view of the Petite France buildings. The modern equipment helps the comfort of the stay.

The restaurant of the hotel, Le Pont Tournant, offers the traditional cuisine in a light version, with an innovative touch. To accompain the meal there is the riverside terrace, a nice environment especially for dinner. The menu is seasonal made. The Champagne Bar is always ready to give drinks and some snack as steak tartare or club sandwich. Last but not least it is the breakfast, prepared as a big buffet with cold and hot dishes and a good variety of cheese, cold meat, toast, fruit and sweets recipes.

 

The restaurants

The first one that I want to mention is called Au Crocodile, the name is quite original, meanwhile the menu starts from the tradition with some innovative creation that offers delicious tastes obtained by selected local and seasonal ingredients. The elegance and the impeccable service are the elements that make the restaurant a must for who wants to have a unique gastronomic experience. In the desserts list there is a space dedicated to the cheeses, with a selection of Alsace and French best products. Oh, I forgot to mention that it has a Michelin star.

A bit hidden from the street, in a Petite France courtyard, the restaurant Perles de Saveurs proposes a setting made by artworks of some loal artists and it has a typical French menu. The tradition let the space to contemporary recipes, always connected to the country cuisine. The fish dishes are superb and in this case I suggest to taste the lemon cake (tarte au citron), in my opinion very delicious. Maybe you can skip the cheese.

A small restaurant managed by a wife and an husband represent a small Alsatian jewel. La Cuiller à Pot offers regional cuisine with traditional dishes prepared at the moment. The quality of the ingredients is very high and there are homemade specialties. Among the special dishes there are the escargots, but since I do not like them I can not express any opinion about them. Anyway the various choice is able to delight every person. If you like cheese, just ask to them and you will taste some of the most delicious products of the Alsace.

Not far from the cathedral there is the restaurant Le Clou, a bistro typical of France with an old but elegant and characteristic decor and furniture. The regional recipes are served with professionality and the ingredients used are coming from a quality selection of the local products. They have of course a good cheese to be tasted after the second course and it is a must since it is one of the strenght of the French cuisine. The staff is very kind and the prices are quite cheap compared to what is offered.

 

Bars

I can not recommend specific bars, but going around Petite France you can find squares full of places where to drink something in the evening and have fun. The city has a lot of offers for all tastes and you can find also various types of music and entertainment, also because Strasbourg is a tourist destination and headquarter of the European Parliament, so open to people from all around the world with different cultures and age. I suggest you to try to enter in more bars, so you can experiment the different atmospheres.

Safety

There are no specific tips regarding the safety, it is a well protected city, of course it is good to pay attention, but it is full of young people quite open minded but at the same time serious and friendly, as people in general are, because they are used to meet foreigners.

Just an episode that happened to me during one of my visits to Strasbourg. Close to the cathedral a small group of drunk guys were trying to approach people and disturb them. In less than one minut the police, by bike and by walk, came and surrounded the group. They checked those guys and took them away. The police was not standing in the square, but somehow they are always around and ready to act.

Of course it is the main part of the city, the heart of Strasbourg, but in a very discrete way the police is always present, so be careful if you want to be drunk 😀

Anasa

Lviv, the Ukrainian pearl

I have been several times in Ukraine, all the times passing by Lviv. But unfortunately moving to other cities I didn’t have so much time to explore the cultural capital of the country. Finally, I stopped in the city for a couple of days. It wasn’t enough to see everything. But at least I started my tour. Surely I will go back to this pearl. Well, let me give you some impressions and information about it. For me, it was like to enter in an elegant living room. Yes, the architecture and shape give me this idea.

As Italian, I can’t don’t notice a common feature with Rome. The city is built on 7 hills. Maybe it’s not the only common thing with the Italian capital. Culture, art, and museums are the soul of Lviv. Thanks to the lovely people and too marvelous places I already fall in love with Ukraine some time ago. And this time my love growth a lot. I have also to thank the local tourism office because the kindness of the staff gave me a lot of information and hints on what to see according to my short stay in the city.

 

Lviv, where is it?

In Italy, we call the city Leopoli, city of the lion, because of its coat of arms. Lviv welcomes around one million tourists each year. They come from the closes countries, but also from the USA and I met a couple from Australia. It counts more than 700,000 inhabitants and it is in Western Ukraine, close to the Polish border. There are important universities and the city is under the protection of Unesco Heritage Program since 1998. I have a passion for history, so this place is really perfect for me.

The city was founded in the 13th century and it conserves many memories through the buildings. Lviv was under the Polish reign and then under Russia. Since 1991 it’s part of independent Ukraine. This means that the place hosted different cultures and each of them left something to build and improve the city. Among the populations in the area, we can’t forget Germans, Armenians, and Jews. It was already a cosmopolitan city in the past. 

Despite the country have to work a bit more to improve tourism infrastructures, especially in certain areas, Lviv is well prepared for travelersDuring my trips to the country, I had the chance to meet some people from local and regional institutions. I have to say that some of them are working hard to promote Ukraine and their cities and regions.

The first time I landed in Lviv, the airport gave me the impression of a small railway station. Then a policeman was following me from the plain to the exit. I also remember that he asked for some information to people that were waiting for me. Before the European Football Championship, everything changed. Now the airport is big, modern, full of windows and natural light. Passengers are freer to move inside.

The old Lviv airport took from the car when I was leaving

Lviv and its elegance

I noticed that the streets, sometimes a bit chaotic, are clean, ordered and in general well kept. I can’t say the same about some roads out of the city, with big holes. Time to time it happened to me to travel between cities. I needed 4 hours for 100 kilometers. You can imagine. But this is not Lviv, especially the downtown. Walking around I felt as going around into the history.

Each building expresses a style and decorations coming from a specific period. Then there are lovely bars and restaurants located between museums and important palaces. That’s why this pearl of a city reminds me of an elegant living room.

Visiting Lviv I feel in Europe, even if it is not part of the Union, it shows many features typical of the European cities. Especially the ones located in the center and in the north of the continent. Also, people involved in hospitality in the city are quite well prepared. Use the English language in Ukraine is possible. I mean not all the people can speak it, but especially young people, the tourism workers, and some representative of the institutions can easily use it. So you are not lost. Since the population is kind and quite open, they will help you anyway. So, don’t worry.

What to see in Lviv

I couldn’t visit all the attractions, but I can describe the main ones. You should put Ukraine and Lviv on your destination lists, you will be delighted. Especially if art, history, and culture are your passions. Outside the city, you can see also castles and nature. Included mountains, the Carpathians. As who follow me know, I love to walk in cities and to see the old town is surely the best way. Luckily the Second World War didn’t make damages, or at least not big ones. 

You can’t enjoy properly the historical and artistic part if you are using a bus or a car. Because Lviv has to be felt, not only visited. It’s a totally different experience. Then a traveler wants to keep in touch also with people. Ask for directions can be one way.

Old town

I already mentioned it, so let’s start from this part of the city. In the past, the buildings were made of wood but a couple of fires in the 16th century destroyed them. Most of the attractions are located in this area of Lviv. The same for restaurants and bars where to taste the local traditions. Lviv is modern but in the old town, just watching the buildings, the atmosphere in particular. I felt out of the world, without pressure and the typical city stress. Maybe more common in some western cities. The old town is also the set of many cultural festivals, where are and music are the protagonists. 

Market Square

City life is going on around the town hall, especially for tourists. Because Market Square is the proper starting point to visit Lviv. Palaces all around are from Renaissance and some shows Rococo design. In four corners of the square, there are fountains. One for each corner. This particular reminds me of Rome again. The fountains’ statues represent  Neptune, Diana,  Amphitrite, and Adonis. A few museums, a lot of bars and the tourism office are located there. You should get a map, some hints in the office and then admire the city hall.

City Hall

The building hosts the city council and the mayor, but what is important and interesting is the architecture. If you don’t pay much attention you can see one big palace, with a huge entrance. Well, it can be divided into three parts. It was developed between the 14th and the 16th centuries. So also the styles are not properly the same. A tower is part of this complex building. The decorations show exactly the Renaissance style, but it was built in 1830. The most important building of the city, because of the institution, is an expression of different periods and architectures. 

What’s better than the city hall to explain the meeting between different cultures and populations? Anyway, you can go up to enjoy a nice view of Lviv from the top. I suggest to do it, but let me give you some more advice. Choose a day with sun to see well everything. From there you will have the perfect picture of the city to plan your visits. The other tip concerns your energy.

You have to do around 400 steps to be at the top of the tower. So don’t do it after long walks and a long day of tours. At least the ticket office is not at the entrance. You have to do around 100 steps to reach it. So you will have time to go back before to pay if it’s hard. I am joking, of course. You will enjoy it and it will be a great experience.

Armenian Street

Before to give you some more details about the attractions, dividing them per type, I want to mention this street. Mongols, in the 13th century, kicked out Armenians and they established the community in Lviv. Most of the people settled their houses and activities around this street out of the city walls, but not far from the center. They also built their own cathedral. But this will be something I will tell you ahead in the post. The community was following its own rules and it was managing itself like in an independent country.

Virmenska Street, this the real name of the street is still so peculiar. Many buildings show the Armenian style and how the palaces and the houses were at that time. Of course, there are some changes and some restorations. The most recent examples of the Armenian architecture in Lviv are dated the 18th century. Very particular are the house’s portals. You will really enjoy walking here. There are a good atmosphere and some places where you can drink or eat something. 

Churches

The religious architecture is part of almost all the tours in Lviv. This because there are great artworks and a lot of history to know. It helps to understand better the city. Also, despite your faith, you will see magnificent paintings, sculptures, and decorations. Let’s see what are the best ones you have to insert in your exploration.

St. George’s Cathedral

It is the most important one and since it is the cathedral of Lviv, the most stately. It was built in the 18th century and located on the west side of the city. The building is very rich in decorations and it is lavish Rococo pilasters. Above the portal, it is possible to see two of the main statues, dedicated to St. Leo and St. Athanasius. Inside there is a great artwork dedicated to Mary and made in the 17th century. Then you can see some tombs of important people of the Greek-Catholic Ukrainian Church. Obviously, this is a Catholic cathedral. The position on the hill makes it even more attractive.

Armenian Cathedral

I already introduced to you the Armenian Street and the community, now I tell you about their church. Now the community is quite small because many of the people move outside the country under the Soviet Union. But the cathedral didn’t lose its importance.  It was built around 1360 when Armenians arrived in Lviv.

Because of a fire and also of the Byzantine period the church changed a lot. But you can see the shape and also the last added parts in the 15th century. After some restoration and after the paintings realize on walls in the 20th century by two Polish artists, no more changes were made. It’s maybe not so rich inside, but it worth a visit. Especially for history.

Chapel of the Boim Family

On the Cathedral square, you can find a masterpiece of the religious architecture in Lviv. This 17th-century Mannerist chapel is unique in all Ukraine and as well in all Europe. What is particular is the facade. It is made of sandstone carvings. Every single part is carved and it is possible to see the main figures of the Catholic religion.

There are St. Peter and St. Paul and the scenes describe the Christ Passion. Even if you don’t know the Jesus story, you can admire what the artists have done. It’s really incomparable. Stucco is the technique used to work inside the chapel. I am sure you will love it. As I do.

Dominican Church

Last but not least among the churches to visit there is the Dominican Church. Again Rome. Yes, before to tell you about this building I need to explain that these are the ones I saw and I think you should visit. But Lviv count over 100 churches, that’s why I have again Rome in my mind. It’s to the east of Market Square, so around your starting point. If you follow my tips.

It worths a visit and let’s say that you are already there. In the structure, there are Corinthian columns. I liked a lot this 18th-century church because of art and architecture, but also for history. Even if it is not possible to see the origin, in this place Dominicans were already in the 14th century. Oh, I have to precise that it’s one of the preferred places for weddings, so maybe you can see a ceremony.

Museums

Lviv is full of museums for all tastes. Art, history, nature, and much more. There are some places you should explore. I really enjoyed them, especially because they are… different. Every museum in the world has its own features, but these are quite particular and uncommon. Let me tell you something more.

Museum of Pharmacy

The first of my list is a museum opened by a company that started to work in 1735. It is still opened and active now. In the 1960s they changed the headquarter to get a new one, more spacious and equipped. So they used all the free laboratories, archive, library and all the rooms they had to create a museum.

Entering it you will accomplish a journey not only in the story of the company but also in society. You will see old equipment and you will go deep in the medicines knowledge. I mean that you will see prescriptions and descriptions of some strange medicines coming from other ages. There are almost 300 years of pharmacy in Ukraine.

Arsenal of Lviv

Do you like weapons? Would you like to explore history through the eyes of the fighters? Well, this museum is the proper place. I was impressed. It’s not the first one I see on this gender. But it is really rich in collections. It is part of the Lviv Historical Museum.

This department covers the last 1,000 years and 30 different countries, collection all the weapons produced and used. It looks like one of the most complete museums in the world. What can you see? Just a few examples: knives with precious stones, ivory or mother of pearl; cannons, guns. There are Italian products and weapons forged in Lviv.

Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life

It is not in the city, but quite close and well connected by bus downtown. This structure offers a view on the traditions of Ukraine, focusing on rural life. It gives an overview of the past, but the reality of the museums, for certain aspects it’s not far from the one you can see in some villages. 124 buildings were collected from different areas of the country and brought on the hill to settle the museum. It is possible to enter in some of them to see the exhibitions of clothes, art and typical objects of rural life.

In particular, you should see, if you decide to go there, the houses coming from the Carpathian village called Oriavchyk. The constructions were made at the end of the 18th century with wood. It is included in the group of that community houses a small wooden church. The transfer was made in the first part of the last century.

Buildings

I wrote it at the beginning of the post. Lviv is full of amazing buildings made in different historical periods. You don’t have to do anything particular to see them. Just walk around the downtown. But let me mention the most important and famous attractions. Now it’s time to think about Vienna and not Rome. I will explain why. Anyway, I am not affirming that Lviv is like other cities because it is really beautiful and unique. Some common elements make the city a point of culture, art, and architecture meetings.

Theater of Opera and Ballet

A majestic palace with statues on the top, columns, and reliefs on the facade. The Lviv Theatre is one of the symbols of the city and it is located in Freedom Square, out of the old town typical streets. It looks like it has a very special place for itself. The architect who made it was Polish, he realized the project at the end of the 19th century.

He designed a platform for it to stabilize the structure. Now, after more than 120 years, it is the stage of the main events in the city. The importance and elegance are the same as the foundation. Certain elements remind to the Vienna Opera House, like the statues on the top and the columns on the facade. I don’t want to find similitudes between countries, but only to notice a cultural connection around Europe.

House of Scientists

This jewel was a casino, then became the event hall for the Regional Union of Education and Science. That’s why it is called the House of Scientists. This building deserves a mention and as well a visit because of the architecture, especially the one inside. The architects were Viennese and they created a lot of projects in Central and Eastern Europe. The style is Neo-Baroque. The opulent interiors left me totally fascinated. The library and the other rooms are simply wonderful. You can see stuccoworks, wooden furniture, and marble fireplaces.

Kornyakt Palace

It is a superb building from the Renaissance period. The palace is located in Rynox Square and in the years it became the royal residence for the king of Poland. The first owner was a Greek merchant. The curiosity is related to the windows. The law at the time of Jan Sobieski, the Polish King, was allowing each building to have a maximum of three windows on a facade. Of course, the first owner and the king were important and they got an exception.

High Castle Hill

In 1250 the inhabitants of Lviv built a castle on the hill, but in the 19th century was dismantled. No more castle, but a place from where admire the city. If you go up on the 413 meters hill the panorama in front of you will pay your efforts. From the old town, you will walk around 30 minutes to reach it. Follow the pathway and you’ll get easily there. It’s not a hard trail. The ruin themselves are nothing special. So I suggest you explore it only for the view. It is different from the one you can see on the town hall tower. On the way to go up, you will be in the middle of nature.

Festivals

Unfortunately, I have no direct experience with Lviv festivals. But I heard great things when I was there. So, when you plan the trip, check out the dates of the events. I am not telling only about art, music, and culture in general. They organize festivals dedicated to beer, chocolate, coffee, and so on. You will have more fun. Keep also in mind that the city counts more than 700 bars and restaurants, enjoy the food culture. Ukrainians are nice, so to live deeply Lviv will be really pleasant for you. I am planning to do it more.

Where to sleep

Lviv is well organized to host tourists, so from flats to hostels, from boutique to luxury hotels, you can find anything. I can’t list all the solutions, but tell you the one I used. Since I like luxury and comfort when I travel, especially for work trips, I stayed in a 5 stars hotel. It is called Nobilis Hotel. During European Football Championship in Ukraine and Poland, the Portugal national team was in the same structure.

Rates are quite good, especially compared to the high-quality service. It has spacious rooms equipped with modern technologies. The interior design is more classical but opulent. It is more close to the local style. The hotel offers a lot of facilities, like a very good restaurant with local and international cuisine. The elegance of the structure and efficient staff are the main features. You will enjoy your stay. If you want to know more about my experience read my review.

Where to eat

Since I didn’t have so much time, I couldn’t taste the food in many places. I want to mention a couple of restaurants that I found really superb. My goal was to taste local food, something traditional. At least Ukrainian recipes. Because this is a way to get in touch with the country and its culture. Then I like also to be in an elegant place. These two features match completely with my first choice.

Do you remember the palace built by a Greek merchant and inhabited by the Polish king? If not, you are allowed to go back into the post and read it. I won’t give any grade. Well, Baczewski Restaurant is very close to that building. The name is from the family that owned the place and was producing vodka. A glass of spirit can be tasted at the beginning, during or at the end of the meal. For me, it’s a bit strong, but I enjoyed a lot the food.

They prepare traditional Galician recipes. Galicia is the region between Poland and Ukraine. Rabbit, duck, lamb, and sausages are surely a must on the menu. The restaurant is classy, as the service provided by the professional staff. This place, with a different menu, is available also for breakfast.

If you like beer and you are not searching for a fancy place, there is a good restaurant. It is also a brewery. The name is Kumpel. Soups and meats are the protagonists of the menu and surely you should try them. While you drink beer you can share the food. Why? Because the portions are generous. So if you are not alone, you can order more dishes and taste everything with your friends. The beer is very good.

Prepare your trip

Now you have all the information about Lviv. At least the ones I can share with you from my personal experience. Let me give you some tips and hints to organize your travel. About visa, I suggest you check the website of the Foreign Affair Ministry of your country. Italians don’t need it. For us, it is enough the passport.

Documents are important, that’s why you have to check out what you need to do. After that work on your plan. You already know the destination, so you have to reach it. Find the mean of transport. Infobus can help you a lot. This platform has the best offers to find planes, trains, and buses. Using it you can book tickets at the lowest price, but also plan all the connections. Compare the solutions and combine them. It is really convenient.



To plan your tour and have a tailor-made service, visit the TEZ Tour website. The staff is ready to support you in any need to make your trip unique and unforgettable. They have a lot of offers and they are specialized in this area of the world. TEZ Tour will take care of every detail. Of course, they are a good partner for all your trips. If you want to try the same hotel where I slept, see the features of Nobilis Hotel.



Budget

Lviv is not expensive for Western standards, but in case you are thinking of the trip costs, I have some tips. First of all, you should think about free air miles. Redeeming them you can have huge discounts or travel for free. How to obtain them, choose the right travel credit card, use it for your daily expenses, and take advantage of the airlines’ loophole. Watch this video to know how to get a lot of air miles bonuses and save money. 

I guess it can be useful to get inspiration from my “make money to travel” guides. Some activities will help you to earn extra cash to pay for your trip’s bills. There are various activities you can do. For instance, rent your car or your flat. Start a travel blog. Also, with a small investment in training courses, you can learn how to be successful in web marketing. If you like to work with your hands and with your creativity, I have another proposal. Get thousands of woodworking plans for a very cheap price, realize items, and sell them. It’s funny and profitable.

When the journey is organized you have to prepare the suitcase. If you travel light, choose a backpack. For any accessories you may need, I suggest you visit my Amazon page with a selection of items that I use for my trips. Also, AliExpress has discounted, curious, and helpful objects for travelers

I also prepared a packing list for you. It is the one I use to avoid mistakes and to not forget things at home. You can personalize it. And if you want to get advice on how to pack to use properly all the space, check out this guide.

Before to leave your home for some days or weeks, you should consider housesitting. Why? Because a trusted person in your house will keep away thieves and she or he will take care of it. A house sitter can collect mail, water flowers, feed pets, clean, and so on.

The very last thing to do

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Medicinali da portare in viaggio: la lista completa

Non bisogna mai trascurare la salute, neppure quando si va in vacanza. Ecco perché si deve avere una lista dei medicinali da portare in viaggio per prevenire e curare i malanni che potrebbero rovinare le belle giornate trascorse nelle incantevoli destinazioni scelte.

Medicinali da portare in viaggio: mai dimenticarli

Quando si prepara la valigia per partire per le vacanze si rischia sempre di dimenticare qualcosa. A me succedeva spesso e sapete soprattutto cosa non mettevo quasi mai in valigia? I medicinali da portare in viaggio. Spostandomi spesso per lavoro ho capito di quanto avere qualche farmaco a portata di mano potesse essere utile. Infatti mi è capitato qualche volta di averne bisogno.

A determinare i rischi sono le mete scelte, il clima, cibi e bevande differenti e persino i mezzi di trasporto e il fuso orario. Insomma, una bella esperienza fatta esplorando il mondo può diventare un incubo. Qualcuno pensa di poter facilmente acquistare i medicinali da portare in viaggio in loco, ma non è così semplice. Ogni Paese ha le sue regole per la vendita di alcuni farmaci e inoltre potrebbero non essere gli stessi e quindi avere effetti differenti.

Insomma, oltre ai rischi di ammalarsi ci sono i pericoli dell’assunzione di alcuni prodotti con particolari eccipienti. Talvolta a scoraggiare i passeggeri sono le norme sempre più restrittive scritte per la sicurezza aerea. Con il passare del tempo aumentano le complicazioni per poter portare a bordo i farmaci, ma ciò non significa che non si possano mettere nel bagaglio da stiva.

Chi segue una terapia non deve lasciare a casa i medicinali da portare in viaggio, ma li può avere in tasca o nel bagaglio a mano. L’importante è che abbia anche le prescrizioni mediche, così da mostrare agli addetti ai controlli aeroportuali l’esigenza di prendere i farmaci e di poterli portare a bordo del velivolo. Più semplice è invece l’utilizzo di altri mezzi di trasporto, ma vige l’obbligo di avere la prescrizione del medico alla frontiera.

Scegliere i medicinali

Prima di addentrarsi nella lista delle medicine necessarie, a parte i farmaci eventualmente prescritti dal dottore, bisogna concentrarsi sulla loro scelta. Vi fornirò una lista perché possa esservi d’aiuto e che potrete utilizzare come spunto, ma è importante che seguiate una procedura specifica per selezionare i medicinali da portare in viaggio. Infatti la lista deve essere personalizzata.

Come? Dovete valutare con attenzione alcuni fattori. La via più semplice è quella di rispondere ad alcune domande. Dove siete diretti? Avete allergie? Soffrite di qualche disturbo particolare come emicrania? Viaggiate con bambini? Questi sono i quesiti più comuni e utili a porre l’attenzione sugli elementi che vi aiutano a decidere quali medicinali portare in viaggio.

Vi aiuto anche a rispondere. Da un lato fate il punto della situazione sulle vostre personali esigenze. Se siete facilmente soggetti alle influenze stagionali e viaggiate durante l’inverno oppure dovete affrontare sbalzi di temperatura vi servirà qualcosa per curare febbre, mal di gola, tosse e altri malanni collegati. Se avete spesso mal di testa, magari per il vento o per la stanchezza, meglio che portiate con voi i farmaci giusti.

Lo stesso discorso vale per i bambini. Se i più piccoli vi accompagneranno è bene che siate dotati di tutto il necessario per poter affrontare i pericoli dovuti a malattie temporanee e piccole ferite che possono interessare loro. Sono più o meno gli stessi farmaci che tenete in casa. Fate una lista e vi darà una mano a capire quali medicinali portare in viaggio. 

Infine incide la destinazione. Non solamente per il clima che incontrerete, da affrontare con l’abbigliamento adatto, ma anche con le dovute precauzioni. Per sapere se ci sono determinati rischi nel Paese in cui vi recherete vi suggerisco di visitare il sito Viaggiare Sicuri predisposto dal Ministero degli Affari Esteri. Oltre ai consigli medici ci sono le schede dei vari Stati che includono anche analisi sulla situazione sanitaria: malattie peculiari e rimedi.

Potrebbero essere richiesti dei vaccini oppure una certa profilassi. Leggete i suggerimenti e rivolgetevi al vostro medico. A questo punto avrete considerato i vari aspetti e sarete pronti a preparare la valigia con i medicinali da portare in viaggio. La vostra vacanza sarà salva e potrete godervi le escursioni.

Se viaggiate nell’Unione Europea ricordatevi di prendere la tessera sanitaria che vi consentirà di accedere alle strutture sanitarie pubbliche per eventuali emergenze. Se superate i confini UE stipulate un’assicurazione sanitaria di viaggio, così da essere sicuri se doveste aver bisogno delle cure dei sanitari in loco.

Cosa mettere in valigia

I primi medicinali da portare in viaggio in assoluto consistono nei prodotti che costituiscono il kit di pronto soccorso. Poi dovrete procurarvi buste termiche in cui inserire i farmaci. Lasciateli nelle scatole originali e tenete i fogli illustrativi, poi conservateli nelle buste per evitare che in valigia, magari nel bagagliaio di un’auto possano subire uno shock termico che ne altererebbe lo stato.

Kit di pronto soccorso

Cosa deve contenere il kit di pronto soccorso? Tutto dipende dalla destinazione e dalla presenza di bambini, ma in linea generale ciò che non deve mai mancare può essere riassunto in questa lista. 

  1. disinfettante idroalcolico per pulire le mani eliminando eventuali batteri;
  2. garze e cerotti sterili per coprire e proteggere le ferite;
  3. garze grasse per le ustioni;
  4. compresse emostatiche da utilizzare se vi tagliate;
  5. una fascia di contenimento per le distorsioni con una spilla utile a chiudere la fascia stessa;
  6. soluzione fisiologica per la pulizia delle ferite;
  7. strisce adesive per la sutura delle ferite;
  8. forbici per tagliare le garze e i vestiti se è il caso;
  9. pinzette per la rimozione di parti estranee nella ferita;
  10. fazzolettini disinfettanti;
  11. termometro.

Queste sono le attrezzature che non dovrebbero mai mancare nel vostro bagaglio, a cui aggiungere poi i farmaci più utili.

I farmaci

Non esagerate nell’acquisto dei medicinali da portare in viaggio anche per evitare di gettarli al vostro ritorno a casa, ma prendete ciò che realmente vi serve. La lista che seguirà vi servirà da spunto, ma siete voi a dover definire meglio l’elenco dei farmaci in base alle vostre esigenze e quelle del nucleo familiare che prenderà parte al viaggio. 

Per la nausea causata dal mal d’auto, di nave o d’aereo trovate in farmacia diverse soluzioni e soprattutto varie tipologie di medicinali. Ci sono compresse, chewing-gum, supposte e anche braccialetti. Non vi serve alcuna ricetta perché tali prodotti sono disciplinati dalla libera vendita.

Per combattere la febbre il farmaco più indicato è la Tachipirina, molte usato anche nei Paesi esteri, quindi si può rintracciare facilmente oltre confine. Meglio però conoscere le controindicazioni, come per esempio quelle relative alle donne in gravidanza. La sostanza efficace è il paracetamolo, quindi i farmaci che lo contengono sono indicati per tale problema.

Tra i medicinali da portare in viaggio non dovrebbe mai mancare un antinfiammatorio per far fronte ai dolori come mal di testa o di denti oppure al mal di schiena. In questo caso è consigliabile usare un farmaco che già si è usato per evitare problemi. Le sostanze più comuni sono aspirina e ibuprofene. 

Andando all’estero assaggerete piatti tipici magari molto diversi da quelli della cucina italiana. Potreste riscontrare problemi nella digestione, bruciore di stomaco. Assicuratevi di avere i giusti medicinali da portare in viaggio per far sparire questi sintomi fastidiosi.

Poi prendete dei fermenti lattici a cura della dissenteria. Questo è utile anche per i bambini e per loro è consigliabile avere sali minerali per evitare la reidratazione. Se avete allergie alimentari fate uso di antistaminici. Anche un lassativo può far comodo nel bagaglio, ma che non sia troppo forte.

Se partite per una destinazione esotica vi sarà utile un repellente per insetti. Pensate alla prevenzione ma acquistate un prodotto da usare anche per curare le punture con una base di ammoniaca. Tali sostanze sono l’ideale anche in caso veniate a contatto con una medusa. Potreste subire una dermatite da contatto, quindi è meglio intervenire prontamente.

La vostra vacanza è al mare? Aggiungete ai medicinali da portare in viaggio le protezioni solari includendo anche prodotti che vi permettano di curare le piccole ustioni che potrete ottenere per l’eccessiva esposizione alla luce solare.

Per la protezione dei vostri occhi prendete confezioni monodose di colliri e decongestionanti. Tra i medicinali da portare in viaggio deve sempre esserci il necessario per trattare le problematiche peculiari che sapete di avere.

Chiedete al vostro medico se possa essere utile un antibiotico, per il quale serve la sua prescrizione. Vi consiglierà in base alla destinazione scelta, ai rischi e al vostro stato di salute. Le ricette del dottore, se varcate i confini nazionali vanno scritte in inglese per consentire alle autorità straniere di comprenderle e verificarle.

Infine mettete nel bagaglio pastiglie per purificare l’acqua, in alcuni Stati vi saranno utili per evitare i rischi batterici. Per i liquidi utilizzate bottigliette sigillate che non superino i 100 ml. Fanno eccezione i medicinali da portare in viaggio prescritti dal medico.

La lista da usare

In base alle indicazioni che vi ho dato potete facilmente stilare un elenco personalizzato dei medicinali da portare in viaggio. In ogni caso ho preparato una check-list che avrete modo di modificare a vostro piacimento in base alle esigenze specifiche. Non ho inserito i nomi dei farmaci, perché quelli li sceglierete voi, magari facendovi consigliare dal dottore o dal farmacista.

Disturbi per cui servono medicinali senza prescrizione medica

  1. Acidità di stomaco
  2. Antidolorifico
  3. Antinfiammatorio
  4. Antireumatico
  5. Diarrea
  6. Dolori mestruali
  7. Eritemi solari
  8. Eventuali occhiali di riserva
  9. Febbre
  10. Igiene personale (prodotti per il corpo)
  11. Infezioni alle orecchie
  12. Infezioni intestinali (farmaci e fermenti lattici)
  13. Infezioni vie urinarie
  14. Labbra screpolate
  15. Mal d’aria
  16. Mal di denti
  17. Mal di montagna (in base alla destinazione)
  18. Mal di stomaco
  19. Mal di testa
  20. Naso chiuso
  21. Nausea
  22. Preservativi
  23. Punture d’insetti
  24. Raffreddore
  25. Sali minerali per la reidratazione
  26. Scottature

Disturbi per cui servono medicinali con prescrizione medica

  1. Antibiotici
  2. Antibiotici pediatrici
  3. Febbre da infezione
  4. Patologie croniche e farmaci per trattamenti in corso

Disturbi specifici e problemi per cui possono servire medicinali su consiglio del medico

  1. Allergie, asma
  2. Carenza di vitamine
  3. Collirio
  4. Decongestionante per occhi
  5. Dermatosi allergiche o infiammatorie
  6. Dermatiti
  7. Pastiglie per la disinfezione dell’acqua
  8. Eczemi
  9. Edemi da insufficienza cardiaca
  10. Edemi polmonari
  11. Foruncoli
  12. Herpes delle labbra
  13. Herpes genitale
  14. Infezioni ossee
  15. Insulina
  16. Sonniferi
  17. Tachicardia
  18. Torcicollo
  19. Vesciche

Kit di pronto soccorso

  1. Acqua ossigenata
  2. Bende (anche elastiche)
  3. Cerotti (varie dimensioni)
  4. Contusioni (impacchi refrigeranti)
  5. Cotone idrofilo
  6. Disinfettante
  7. Fasciature/fascia elastica
  8. Forbici
  9. Ganci e spille per fermare le garze
  10. Garze sterili
  11. Guanti sterili
  12. Lame da bisturi (per Paesi con scarse condizioni igienico-sanitarie)
  13. Manuale di pronto soccorso (versione tascabile)
  14. Matita emostatica per le piccole ferite
  15. Pinzette
  16. Pomata cicatrizzante
  17. Siringhe e aghi sterili
  18. Termometro

Vaccini (previsti per alcuni Paesi)

Vaccini e profilassi secondo le indicazioni fornite dal medico in base alla destinazione. I farmaci per la profilassi malarica saranno tra i medicinali da portare in valigia.

Note sui medicinali da portare in valigia

La lista è completa, ma è bene che prepariate i medicinali da portare in valigia con particolare attenzione. Meglio che abbiate i farmaci nel bagaglio a mano, ma viste le norme restrittive di sicurezza potete inserire alcuni prodotti nel bagaglio da stiva. Come ad esempio il termometro, che rientra tra gli oggetti proibiti.

Ecco alcuni consigli utili:

  1. Proteggere i medicinali da portare in valigia dal caldo, dalla luce e dall’umidità. 
  2. Prediligete le compresse ai liquidi laddove possibile e usate comunque contenitori piccoli e resistenti.
  3. Portate con voi le ricette del medico, possibilmente scritte in inglese se varcate i confini nazionali. Vi serviranno anche per eventuali acquisti in farmacie estere.
  4. Qualora siate diabetici e vi serva l’insulina assicuratevi di avere contenitori termici per evitare danni portati dagli sbalzi di temperatura.
  5. Se dovete assumere farmaci a orari precisi non contate sul fuso orario ma continuate a regolarvi sull’ora italiana.
  6. Fate sempre un controllo delle date di scadenza dei medicinali da portare in valigia e chiedete in farmacia le temperature di conservazione per evitare che le sostanze perdano di efficacia.

Pensando che ne possiate trarre giovamento ho preparato per voi la lista in PDF da scaricare e stampare. Così ogni volta che dovrete preparare i medicinali da mettere in valigia potrete facilmente mettere un segno accanto ai farmaci da acquistare e quelli già inseriti nel bagaglio. Cliccate sul link ↓ e si aprirà il file.

medicinali da portare in viaggio

L’acquisto online

In questi anni mi sono avvicinato agli acquisti online gradualmente e anche con un po’ di diffidenza. Ma più faccio esperienza e più mi convinco della bontà dell’utilizzo di internet per fare shopping. Ho cominciato con biglietti aerei e prenotazioni alberghiere e ora compro diversi prodotti. Anche per risparmiare tempo. Essendo spesso in viaggio dispongo di poco tempo e non riesco ad andare nei negozi.

Grazie a internet posso fare i miei acquisti a qualsiasi ora e farmi spedire la merce a casa. Perché vi racconto questo in un articolo che tratta i medicinali da portare in valigia? Semplice, perché ho scoperto una farmacia online molto efficiente. Pratica sconti e in più mi consente di collegarmi quando voglio e di ricevere i miei ordini direttamente al domicilio in tempi rapidi.

Insomma, non devo andare in farmacia ogni volta che ho bisogno, ma posso collegarmi quando voglio al sito internet di Farmacia Loreto Gallo e vedere l’intero catalogo con le descrizione dei singoli prodotti. All’inizio ho provato il servizio con piccoli acquisti e mi sono accorto dell’ottimo lavoro svolto e della professionalità dello staff, così ora acquisto regolarmente i medicinali da portare in viaggio dalla Farmacia Loreto Gallo

Ho voluto testare l’azienda, ma il suo curriculum fornisce notizie rassicuranti sull’affidabilità. Infatti il brand è uno dei più importanti dell’e-commerce italiano e opera sul mercato online da più di 15 anni. Oggi si rivolge anche a mercati esteri. Per questa ragione e soprattutto per la mia esperienza ho deciso di suggerirvi questa modalità di acquisto per i medicinali da portare in valigia.

La farmacia del web

Ci sono buone ragioni per servirsi dalla Farmacia Loreto Gallo. Ve ne illustro alcune e una potrebbe esservi molto utile. Il catalogo comprende oltre 200 mila prodotti disponibili online e vengono proposti con offerte proposte ad hoc per rispondere alle esigenze della clientela. Inoltre Si può sottoscrivere il programma di fedeltà ottenendo la Privilege Card che vi permette di ottenere sconti fino a 200 euro, attivabile con 4,99 euro al mese. In questo caso le spedizioni sono gratuite, con la condizione che l’ordine superi i 39 euro.

Se avete dei dubbi sui medicinali da portare in viaggio potete chiedere consigli. Farmacia Loreto Gallo fornisce teleassistenza via chat. Grazie al servizio ClickXLife. A rispondervi sono farmacisti esperti, che sapranno darvi indicazioni sui prodotti da acquistare, ma anche su come gestirli correttamente anche per le patologie croniche.

Sul sito web della Farmacia Loreto Gallo potete trovare alimenti per diete speciali e naturali, inclusi quelli senza glutine. Ci sono articoli sanitari, prodotti per i bambini e dispositivi medici per diverse patologie. Trovate articoli per l’igiene personale e per la bellezza, di erboristeria e di fitoterapia, omeopatici e veterinari. Soprattutto, però, trovare i medicinali da portare in valigia.

Date un’occhiata al sito e cercate i farmaci che vi servono da portare in vacanza. Risparmierete tempo e denaro e potrete avere i consigli che vi servono per avere i medicinali da portare in viaggio più adatti alle vostre esigenze. Lasciate, prima di accedere al sito di Farmacia Loreto Gallo, che vi sveli un’altra ragione per acquistare i farmaci online. Nel formulario dell’ordine aggiungete il codice ‘myanasa‘ e potrete beneficiare di un codice sconto esclusivo fino al 5 gennaio 2020. Avrete diritto a una riduzione del 5% sull’intero listino.



Consigli di viaggio

Spero che questa guida vi sia utile. Viaggiando molto ho migliorato le mie capacità di preparare la valigia, ma seguo anche le liste che ho scritto per non dimenticare nulla a casa. Prima mi capitava spesso di arrivare a destinazione e di non trovare nel bagaglio qualcosa che mi sarebbe servito. La lista dei medicinali da portare in viaggio mi aiuta molto.

Spero che potrete beneficiare della mia esperienza. Sentitevi liberi di condividere il mio posto con i vostri amici attraverso i social network. Farete loro un piacere, specialmente se sono viaggiatori. Se volete altri consigli per esplorare il mondo leggete i miei articoli sulle destinazioni che visito e prendete spunto anche dai miei suggerimenti.

Per essere sempre aggiornati iscrivetevi alla mia newsletter. Ogni settimana vi invierò un messaggio di posta elettronica (in inglese e italiano) con la presentazione degli ultimi post e anche contenuti extra. Vi aiuterò a preparare i vostri viaggi. Se avete domande o volete condividere la vostra esperienza sui medicinali da portare in viaggio o su altri argomenti non esitate a scrivermi.

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