Travelling can leave you tired, exhausted, and dehydrated. Long hours on the plane can also add up to the dehydration with high altitudes and low humidity. Dehydration does not only leave you thirsty, but also even more tired and unable to enjoy your trip. It can even become an emergency situation when not attended to immediately.
While bringing and drinking water is the best solution, there are other tips that can be helpful in preventing further dehydration and letting your body hold more water. Here are some tips you can consider:
Drink plenty of fluids before your trip
Days before your trip, drink plenty of fluids to prepare and hydrate your body.
Take drinks high in electrolytes
Right before leaving, have some drinks that are high in electrolytes, such as Gatorade and the like. You may also take in similar drinks once you arrive at your destination to help your body rehydrate after a plane trip, as well as during walks and visit to different tourist sites.
Avoid food and drinks that have dehydrating effects
Just when you think colas and other sugary drinks can quench your thirst, they can actually cause dehydration. Alcohol, coffee, and other caffeinated drinks also worsen dehydrations, as well as eating salty foods.
While it can be tempting to take these food and drinks to pass the time while travelling or during your tour, remember these can have significant effect on how you are going to feel during your trip and once you arrive at your destination. If you can’t help but take some of these food and drinks, do so in the most minimal amount and always compensate with enough water.
Consume food and drinks that promote hydration
Chia seeds have been studied to be hydrophilic, which means they are attracted to water. Eating them with your salads and other meals or mixing them with your water helps you stay hydrated longer.
Coconut water is a refreshing drink that contains natural electrolytes and potassium that aids in hydration.
Take in food and drinks high in water content
Fruits rich in water content are highly recommended when you travel. Bananas, pineapples, and avocados and great water-rich fruits that also contain potassium that enables better hydration. Other water-rich fruits include watermelons, berries, and cucumbers.
Rice also has high water content as it absorbs water while being cooked.
Aside from frequently drinking tap water, soup intake during meals is also recommended, especially in areas where tap water is not safe.
Moisturizers may only be skin-deep, but it helps you stay hydrated. Since you also lose a lot of moisture through your skin, it is helpful to lock in those moisture in your body by applying moisturizing lotions on your face and body.
Plan your outdoor activities wisely
Too much heat from the sun causes dehydration and exhaustion. It is always best to go outdoors early in the morning, as well as late in the afternoon to avoid being dehydrated.
All these tips, plus drinking plenty of water during your travel and your tour, will surely help you stay hydrated longer.
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