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Travel can impact even the sturdiest constitution. Follow the guidelines below to avoid constipation or dehydration, which can exacerbate your condition.
In very hot locations there is a high risk of dehydration. Try to drink 1.5-2 litres of water every day, unless advised otherwise. Drinking enough water is essential.
Check the quality of the local water with travel guides – you may need to buy bottled water. If so, use bottled water to brush your teeth. There may also be concerns over fruit and vegetables, depending on your location.
Carry a bottle of water so you can drink frequently.
To confirm you are drinking enough water, the colour of your urine is a good guideline. If you are well hydrated, it should be pale.
Make sure all your food is well prepared, particularly meat and fish. A high-fibre diet is advised. Avoid raw vegetables washed in tap water.
If you plan to use an irrigation system overseas, use bottled water if the local tap water is unsafe.
If you have travelled a long distance, your body may take time to adjust to the new schedule. Your bowels can also be affected by local cuisine which differs significantly from your usual.