You’re exhausted, your feet hurt, and you’re running behind. The last thing that’s probably on your mind while traveling is water. But staying hydrated while traveling is really important — without water in your system, you’ll be fatigued, uncomfortable, and find it difficult to eat. Here are some tips for staying hydrated while traveling.
Add Chia Seeds to Water
Chia seeds have fiber in them, which makes them a healthy addition to water. Chia seeds also absorb water, which can make it so that you feel fuller. But most importantly, chia seeds can encourage you to drink more water due to their pleasant flavor and interesting texture. If you find that it’s difficult to force yourself to drink water while on the go, consider chia seeds.
Avoid Sugary or Caffeinated Drinks
Sugary and caffeinated drinks can deprive you of water. While they’re never going to eliminate the water you’re drinking (you’re still hydrating rather than dehydrating), they aren’t as useful as water that doesn’t include sugar or caffeine. A nice, low-caffeine or no-caffeine tea is usually better for you than a high-caffeine espresso — and both are going to be better for you than the average, sugar-packed soda or artificial juice.
Drink Coconut Water and Other Natural Flavored Waters
Rather than drinking juice (which often includes a lot of sugar and artificial flavors), consider drinking naturally flavored water and coconut water. Keep an eye out for the amount of sugar inside of your drink and become accustomed to reading labels. A lot of things that look healthy actually aren’t because they have so many added sugars, artificial flavors, and additional processing. Of course, it’s also better to just drink straight water; but if you’re not interested, flavorings can help.
Eat Fruits, Vegetables, and Rice
A lot of water people get in their diets isn’t actually from drinking water. Instead, it’s from eating high water-content foods like fruits, vegetables, and rice. As you travel, keep an eye out for foods that are going to impart more water to you because it’s an easy way to add water to your diet. Avoid foods that are going to be sugary, processed, or dry; if you eat a ton of processed bread, for instance, it’s likely that you’re going to be both eating a lot of sugar and dehydrating yourself due to the lower water contents.
Always keep some bottled water on you, and consider keeping track of your hydration in an app. By staying hydrated while traveling, you’ll be able to travel longer and more comfortably. For more informative water news, keep an eye on Tyler Mountain Water.