Why You Should Always Drink Enough Water While Traveling
Monday before work. I’m sitting in the Roosendaal bound train from Brussels, tired and exhausted. I felt weak, almost dead, no idea what came over me. I had traveled a lot before, often coming back on a Sunday night, fresh and ready for work the next morning. Today, felt different.
I felt like I was getting old, like I wasn’t used to this lifestyle anymore. But I thought to myself, come on your 22 years old! This should be nothing! And nothing it was. It had nothing to do with getting old. When I got home I went to bed immediately. I slept through the day and the night. No food, no water, no nothing.
Then, it was Tuesday morning. I stepped out of bed and everything was turning. Hangover? I didn’t drink anything yesterday. My lips were rough and I saw the red around them. My stomach was empty so I decided to eat breakfast. It didn’t help, it made me feel even more miserable. Now I wasn’t just tired, I also felt nauseous. I needed to go to work but I was in no condition to drive my car. I decided to call in sick.
That day went terrible. Fights with friends and worries about the future. I slept through the day, again without eating and drinking. I had a cup of tea later which felt like heaven! When I woke up with a huge headache I realized something. I had been drinking alcohol all weekend. I was in Hungary, where Palinka and heavy foods rule the menu. I didn’t drink any water on Sunday night. Neither did I on Monday. Flights have the tendency to suck all the fluid out of your system as well. So suddenly I realized what I did wrong. Normally I traveled with lots of water bottles. This time, I traveled with none.
Alcohol dehydrates, planes dehydrate. Always make sure you got water with you!
I had minor signs of dehydration, compared with being tired (maybe I am getting a little old). Let this be a lesson to myself the next time I go away. Always drink some water! Wherever you are, don’t think you can handle another minute without it; ALWAYS drink some water. Now it’s Wednesday and my lips are dry, I’m still lightheaded, but at least I can walk again. Lesson learned!
Hungarian food doesn't always help with the next day. It's delicious! But it can give you a heart attack.
Three things you should always keep in mind when you travel short term. And with short term I mean the kind of travel you have no time recovering from afterwards.
1. Always drink enough water, especially if there is alcohol involved
2. No matter how expensive water is on a flight, get it if you feel like you’re thirsty. The air in the plane is conditioned in such a way it’s pressure is good for all of us. But it dehydrates you fast.
3. Always keep a bottle of water with you!