We all know how important it is to stay hydrated – we have special water bottles, set alarms and research how we can maintain hydration in the most efficient possible way, and which vitamins and minerals you need to support that effort. Unfortunately, sometimes all that preparation is forgotten. When you’re out of your usual routine: when you’re stressed at work, caught up in a major life event like a house or the topic we’re looking at today: when you’re on holiday.
When you relax, you let go of a lot of your usual routines – and while that can be vital in helping you rest, in some cases, your routines help you stay healthy! If you have a routine that helps you stay hydrated in your day to day life, then you need to put some thought into how you’re going to maintain your health and wellness.
The first hurdle to overcome is actually getting to your holiday! Different travel options come with different restrictions and challenges. If you’re taking a long car journey, then you need to remember to pack bottled water (or squash or fruit juice, if you’ve got children in the car and need to tempt them to drink more). Check your route in advance and try to set waypoints to remind you to check you’re drinking enough: landmarks, service stations and turning points all make good reminders to take a drink of water.
Staying hydrated on an airplane is a bigger challenge: security measures mean you can’t bring full water bottles from home, and buying water in airside shops can be pricey! In addition, air on planes is notoriously dry – there’s no option but to cycle through air conditioning systems, resulting in low humidity that leeches away your body’s hydration level.
It’s advisable to travel with rehydration sachets or pills. These dissolve in water, and contain all the electrolytes your body loses along with its water reserves. This means you can rehydrate faster and more efficiently, getting more value out of limited water supplies!
Hydration on Holiday
The most important thing you can do on holiday is think in advance about different hydration challenges you might face, and put plans in place: these challenges might include high temperatures, drinking more alcohol than normal, and swimming in the ocean – as well issues around drinking tap water in the place you’ve travelled to.
Make sure the local water is safe to drink before you arrive: this might depend on whether you’re in a hotel or a private rented apartment. If you need to, make sure you know where you can buy sealed bottles of water nearby, and make sure you’re fully stocked up. If you’re engaged in dehydrating activities, like swimming (strenuously exerting yourself in a body of salt water isn’t a great idea for hydration!) sunbathing or hiking, set reminders to drink – and make them more frequent than you would in your room temperature, sedentary job! And if you’ll be drinking more alcohol than usual, you’d better make sure you know how to survive that hangover!