I have a confession. Traveling for me is not always fun and games for one simple reason: I suffer from occasional constipation when I travel. I have this thing about using bathrooms that are not familiar to me, and not to mention my drinking and eating habits usually change when I travel, especially when we are traveling long distances. However, over time I have learned how to keep myself regular when I travel and am sharing how I prepare for travel to prevent this.
Increase Your Water Intake
One thing I noticed that I did while traveling, especially over long distances, is that I reduce my intake of water. I know how bad that is, but I don’t like to use public bathrooms, and I hate having to constantly stop for bathroom breaks. However, since dehydration is one of the biggest causes of constipation, I’ve increased my water intake, especially when flying. I just bring along lots of hand sanitizer and wipes to make sure the bathroom is as clean as possible just in case I have to go.
Add More Fiber to Your Diet
When traveling, I found that it is helpful to pack a few [healthy] snacks like dried or fresh fruit, whole grain crackers, and/or cereal to increase my intake of fiber. This way, when I do finally reach my destination, I don’t feel bad about indulging in the food, which may or may not be healthy.
Limit the Junk
When I travel, I travel to experience everything, especially the food. I feel like I can’t really get a feel for the culture if I don’t try the food, which can’t always be good for my bouts of occasional constipation. Cheesy and greasy foods are known culprits for making my stomach issues surface so I limit my intake when I travel. Whatever I don’t eat I just pass along to my husband. Haha!
Sometimes it’s hard to maintain your dietary routine on vacation. You may not eat the healthiest foods, and you may eat on the run a lot more when you’re traveling, so that can also result in occasional travel constipation.
Pack a Travel Relief Goodie Bag
Anytime I travel, I pack a “goodie bag” of items that help prevent or help combat any stomach issues that arise. These items include everything from anti-gas medications, antacids, anti-diarrheal medications, and MiraLAX® Mix-In Pax®.
The MiraLAX® Mix-In Pax offers the same constipation relief for which the MiraLAX® brand is known, except it is in a convenient, pre-measured, single dose package, making it perfect to bring along on my travels.
If Your Body Says Go, Go!
For as long as I can remember, my bowels would fail me during travel. Days would pass by and nothing would come out, and that can become uncomfortable. After my body finally adjusting to my new locale, increasing my intake of fluids, getting my fiber in, and occasionally by adding MiraLAX® Mix-In Pax into my water, I can finally go! I can tell you that ignoring the urge to go can worsen occasional constipation.
I choose MiraLAX® not only because it is a trusted brand, but because it works with your body and unlike stimulant laxatives, it provides gentle relief from occasional constipation. MiraLAX® is able to do this by naturally working with the water that is already in your body to hydrate, soften, and ease out the stool to provide relief.
Whew! I am happy to have finally gotten that off of my chest. Suffering from occasional constipation when traveling is not fun, and I am happy that I was able to remedy the issue by making simple changes to things I do when traveling like increasing my water intake and consumption of high-fiber foods, packing my goodie bag of relief items including the convenient MiraLAX® Mix-In Pax.
Armed with these tips, occasional constipation does not have to ruin your next vacation. Just remember that it is okay to indulge in the latest fad food at that trending restaurant where you’re traveling, just drink lots of fluids and make sure there is a balance between the healthy and not so healthy foods you are eating and enjoy your trip!
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I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX® to write this post. MiraLAX® is a laxative used to treat occasional constipation. All opinions are entirely my own. #ReliefMadeEasy #CollectiveBias