Keeping yourself hydrated is essential, particularly when travelling to hotter or more tropical climates. It’s easy to forget to drink enough water, especially when out of your normal routine, or if you’ve fallen victim to a traveller’s bug whilst abroad. Spotting the early signs of dehydration, and replenishing the water and minerals your body has lost as soon possible will save you from symptoms such as dizziness and lethargy, or in more extreme cases, a trip to the hospital.
Falling ill leaves you especially at risk of dehydration, and an effective way of recovering from a loss of water are oral rehydration tablets and sachets. These contain a soluble mixture of sugar, salt and potassium, which helps your intestines absorb fluids and minerals more easily, particularly if you are suffering from vomiting or diahorrea. Oral rehydration solutions are available at most pharmacies and large supermarkets in many countries.
If you are unable to pack or find pre-made rehydration solutions, you can concoct an effective homemade solution by dissolving six teaspoons of sugar and one teaspoon of salt into one litre of clean water.
Don’t forget that dehydration can be very serious and rehydration solutions should only be seen as a first port of call. If you don’t respond to these remedies, seek medical help immediately, and if in doubt, always consult a doctor.
To learn more about dealing with illness and injury abroad, visit our page on what to do if you fall ill.