Tips for Staying Hydrated on the Road
Staying hydrated should be a top priority, even not while traveling. But to avoid headaches, low energy, shakiness, muscle cramps or worse, groups should follow these tips for getting the proper amount of fluids while on their upcoming adventures.
Drink water first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
This could mean setting an alert in your phone, having a water-drinking accountability buddy, or some other reminder. By starting and ending your day with water consumption, you’re doing yourself a huge favor—especially if you or your group are going to be in hot weather outside all day.
Encourage groups to bring their own reusable water bottles.
Not only is this a way to ensure everyone always has water on them at all times, it’s also much more environmentally-friendly and sustainable than disposable plastic bottles. If you’re worried about water quality, be sure to have a water bottle with its own filtration system.
If flying, be sure to drink during the entire flight.
Sure, this might mean you’ll have to get up and use the lavatories more often than you might normally, but it’s worth it to feel refreshed and healthy upon arrival.
Be mindful of what you’re consuming.
If you’re a coffee lover, continue to have your daily cup—just be mindful that caffeine overload is never the goal. Try to incorporate some hydrating and potassium-rich food and drinks like banana, coconut water, bell peppers, carrots, cucumber and spinach.
It’s imperative to know how much water to drink, as well. This article from Mayo Clinic sheds some further light on how much water to drink and what influences our need for water.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for Teach & Travel.