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Staying Hydrated During and After Your Trip

The summer is a great time to get out and about in the sunshine. But as the mercury rises, it’s vitally important that you stay hydrated. A healthy, well hydrated body will make for a happier holiday this year – so drinking lots of water is crucial to the success of your next trip.

Staying Hydrated in the Summertime

While hot temperatures might make sitting by the pool or on the beach a more pleasurable experience, they can drastically increase the risk of dehydration. The human body is between 60% and 70% water, so just a modest decrease in your hydration levels can cause a range of potentially dangerous health issues.

Sweating, urinating and breathing can all lead to water loss, and the rate at which you lose water can be accelerated during spells of hot weather.

The key to effective dehydration is drinking small amounts of water at regular intervals throughout the day. If you’re drinking to quench your thirst, the chances are you’re already dehydrated. During hot spells, make sure you have a good supply of water and watery fruit to keep your hydration levels topped up continuously.

What Are the Signs of Dehydration?

Among the initial signs of being dehydrated are thirst and a dry, sticky mouth. Other symptoms include a headache, dry skin, urinating infrequently and profound tiredness. During the advanced stages of dehydration, the symptoms can include a rapid heartbeat, low blood pressure, fever, sunken eyes and hallucinations.

Tips for Fighting Dehydration

Travelling can accentuate the symptoms of dehydration. For instance, on planes, the air is typically a lot drier than it is in normal atmospheric conditions. Dehydration can cause increased blood viscosity, which in turn can lead to the life-threatening condition deep vein thrombosis. You should therefore aim to drink at least 250ml more water than you normally would every hour you’re on a plane. If you’re about to set off on a long car journey, make sure there is a good supply of bottled water available, and snack on watermelon, cucumber and oranges.

If you’re enjoying an active holiday and you find that you’re displaying the symptoms of dehydration, stop what you’re doing, and get some rest. Make sure you go indoors or find some shade. Take off excess clothes, and raise your feet. Drink around two litres of water over the course of the next two to four hours. You can replace lost minerals in your body by drinking energy drinks with electrolytes in them.

Although you might like the idea of enjoying a few beers in the sun, you should be aware that alcohol is actually a diuretic, and it can speed up the process of dehydration. If you’re heading to sunnier climes on your holiday this year, eat lots of citrus fruit and constantly sip on water throughout the day.

Before you travel, it’s a good idea to assess the risks of dehydration in advance. Hot climates will increase your body temperature and speed up the rate at which your body loses water, so make sure you dress accordingly and have a plentiful supply of water and watery fruits. Remember – 20 to 30% of the water you consume comes from food, so eat a healthy diet containing lots of fruit and vegetables.

Recognising the signs of dehydration when you’re travelling is very important. However, the best way to look after yourself during hotter weather is to remain well hydrated at all times.