Travel Tips| 4 Ways to Stay Hydrated While Traveling

Those of us that have traveled anywhere by plane, car, boat or bike (just about any way possible) are familiar with the slow creep of dehydration due to a busy itinerary. Here is how I handle that beast.




Staying hydrated is important for general health, and affects performance if you plan to participate in any activities while traveling (like running a race!). Throughout my travels I have managed to accumulate a few tips that help me stay hydrated and perform at my peak (which in no way is at "climbing Mount Everest" levels, just sayin').



1.) Avoiding Caffeine

I am a coffee drinker, not because I need the caffeine but because I love the "experience" of drinking coffee (more on that in another post). Therefore I can go without the caffeine with no qualms. Since caffeine is a mild diuretric (increasing the passing of urine), when I travel I replace my morning cup of Joe with herbal tea; Peppermint usually. Though some academic studies show that moderate amounts of caffeine may not contribute to dehydration, most studies advocate for the opposite therefore I don't want to take any chances.



2.) Making my morning hot drink a Venti

When drinking herbal tea I always request the largest cup available. This allows me to get as much water in my body as possible while enjoying my daily hot drink. A #Starbucks Venti cup is 20 oz (perfect, only 44 more ounces to go and it's only 7am!).



3.) Carrying a Canteen (or a flask-no judgement)



Obviously if you choose to carry a Flask, I would suggest to fill it with water. I carry a 40 oz Hydro Flask along with me almost daily. I set a goal of managing to fill and drink water from it twice a day (80 oz). Carrying this along when traveling makes it easier to have access to water without having to purchase a plastic bottle whenever I get thirsty.





4.) Eating foods high in water content

Watermelon, cucumber, celery, tomato, green peppers, strawberries, broccoli, grapefruit and cantaloupe are all high in water content. Go #HAM!