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!