What to Do When Traveling Leaves You Backed Up

Many people get constipated when they travel. In fact, one study shows that almost 40 percent of travelers get backed up when out of their element. That’s likely because they’ve experienced changes to their routine, and the body knows when the routine is out of whack.

When people travel, sleep patterns change, meal times change, the diet most likely changes and all of this spells a change in the circadian rhythm.

People are often stressed about using an unfamiliar bathroom. Of course, not drinking enough water and lack of fiber in the diet can also be culprits.

Never mind what causes it. What can you do about it?


What Travelers Should Do About Constipation

The key to maintaining a regular bowel movement schedule, especially when you’re traveling, is to drink lots of water. That’s right, hydration can solve a world of ills.

Water is good for you. First, because it’s the natural drink. Our bodies were made for water. Drink it in moderation (that is, slowly) and drink it steadily throughout the day. For a change of pace, try coconut water. It’s got a little bit more flavor than natural water, and it has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than most sports drinks. And the added benefit is, it’s high in fiber so it’s a natural aid in the digestive process.

Also, when traveling, be sure to take your probiotics. Start well before your departure.

If possible, try to keep a steady diet, and try to maintain as close to a healthy and ordinary diet for you. In other words, try to eat the same types of foods you would normally eat (assuming you keep a healthy diet at home). Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of fluids (especially water). Get plenty of fiber.

Here’s a hint: Foods to take with you when traveling include chia seeds, aloe juice, apple cider vinegar, and dark leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, and Swiss chard. They’re packed with good fiber and magnesium, which helps you relax.

One more thing to go light on while traveling is alcohol. Dance a little more, drink a little less. Exercise is a great way to relieve constipation (when added to these other great tips).