A funny thing happens when you travel, you get dehydrated and half the time you never notice it until you are pretty dry. It’s common not only when you fly, but when you use other modes of transportation as well. Dehydration can exaggerate your jet lag, cause you to have low blood pressure or even cause confusion and a fever in the extreme.
How do you get dehydrated during travel?
We mostly associate dehydration with exercise or a lot of sweating and yet, traveling requires a lot of sitting. So how do we get so dehydrated? It all has to do with air circulation.
On a road trip, you are sitting comfortably (we hope), with your favorite tunes on the radio and the A/C blasting. That A/C is the culprit for you not realizing how much water you have lost. Your body continues to sweat (especially the warmer parts, like where your tush meets the seat) and the cool air from the A/C cools you off by hitting the sweat and evaporating it. Additionally, everyone has their road trip snacks and drinks but it’s not often hydrating beverages we reach for during a long car ride. Not to mention not wanting to stop every 10 minutes for the bathroom.
For plane travel, dehydration is a little more commonly understood. The aircraft’s recirculation system for oxygen pulls air from outside the aircraft and delivers it to the passengers. But the humidity at 30,000 feet is less than 12% - that’s drier than most deserts! This dry air helps to evaporate liquid around it, including in you. So you find your throat is drier, your eyes and even your nose can be drier as well. Another factor in dehydration during air travel could be your food and beverage choices. You’re going on vacation, why not get that whiskey or beer? The pressurized cabin and altitude also makes your taste buds less sensitive, which results in being drawn to saltier foods.
So how do you stay hydrated during travel?
First, cut out the dehydrators - sugary beverages, caffeinated beverages, alcohol and salty snacks like chips or nuts.
Second, try some products that help hydrate you inside and out - bring a good moisturizer, eye drops, and even a nasal spray for a flight. Some folks say chia seeds, coconut water, and even rice are hydrating while we know some fruits retain water, which in turn helps us hydrate. Think watermelon, pineapple, even bananas and avocado (they add potassium which helps your hydration last longer).
Third, drink water. Regularly! The experts don’t agree on how much water we need… some say 6-10 8oz cups a day, some say convert your body weight to ounces and drink half that (i.e. if you weigh 130lbs, you would drink 65oz of water). You want your urine to be clear or slightly yellow.
Fourth, be hydrated before you leave on your trip. More on that below.
Bonus option - take a nice hot bath when you arrive. You actually absorb water through your pores. This doesn’t replace drinking enough water but it is a great way to destress and hydrate!
When should I drip?
One easy way to make sure you are starting from the best possible place is by starting your trip hydrated. Come in for an extra boost before you leave. This will help put you in a hydrated state to start your trip. Follow our above recommendations to keep your dehydration to a minimum. Then schedule a drip for when you get back. Try our Immunity IV which will help bust the bugs you may have picked up while traveling. Immunity is the best choice for an air traveler exposed to dehydration and other people's germs. The Vitamin C and Zinc support T Cell function to prevent cold and flu from close proximity to other people and their germs.
Have time for only one? Drink lots of water and come in after the trip. We will help you get back on track.