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5 Reasons to Hydrate on the Road

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Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink!

Water makes up nearly 60% of the human body and your brain is composed of 70% water also! Sugary juices and energy drinks aren’t going to replenish you with the most coveted beverage of all: H20. Dehydration can lead to headaches, illness, and you need to be in tip-top shape if you plan on jet-setting the world!

When you’re traveling, you’ll run into issues if you’re not keeping your body replenished with hydrating liquids. Here are 5 important reasons to stay hydrated on the road!

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Amp Up Your Energy

You’re about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, you’ve got your bags packed and your camera locked and loaded.  Yet the first step of getting to your destination?  Boarding a flight.  Being in a pressurized cabin can quickly zap your energy and even though that coffee sounds mighty appealing to you on a 12-hour flight, drinking water and keeping hydrated can help fight off jet-lag (and the dreaded dry mouth feeling you get after sitting on the plane too long).  If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated and the symptoms can get even more severe from there, including dizziness or fainting.  Avoid the fall and get your drink on!

Fight Off Altitude Sickness

Staying hydrated is one of the key preventive measures you can take when combating altitude sickness.  At higher elevation, your body is craving  more oxygen and drinking water and breathing slowly, you can avoid hyperventilating from trying to take in too much air.  Check out The Air Up There for more tips on fighting altitude sickness.

Save some bucks

We can all become slaves to the soda machine but why not reinvest that money into your actual trip?  Bring a reusable water bottle on your trip instead, which ensures you will always have fresh drinking water with you, whether you’re hiking in Machu Picchu or just exploring the streets of Rome.

Replenish After Your Adventures and Activities

You don’t want to feel sluggish when you’re about to go whitewater rafting in Austria!  Being an active participant in many of the optionals on a Contiki means that you need to be in tip-top shape.  Replenish your system with much needed water, electrolytes, or nutrients while you’re on the road – you’ll thank us later when you’re hiking, bungee jumping, diving, or surfing.

Cool Yourself Down

Aside from all the health benefits to staying hydrated on your travels, the cool water helps to keep you from suffering from heat exposure or heat exhaustion!  It’s a nice reprieve from hitting the town all day, to sit back with a nice hydrating beverage.  Try coconut juice straight out of a coconut or any other regional beverages that focus on natural ingredients or just ask for a regular glass of water.