So, you’re heading to the mountains for some much-needed rest, relaxation and hiking. The last thing you need is to get altitude sickness. What? You mean I might get sick when I go to the mountains? Unfortunately, yes.
Some altitude sickness symptoms are headaches, fatigue and trouble breathing. All of which put a damper on your vacation and may make you have to go to a lower altitude to feel better.
What can you do to avert an unhappy high-altitude vacation? See below for some tips:
- Know your body. Being at altitude isn’t for everyone. Check in with your medical practitioner to see if you have any health concerns that may negatively impact your high-altitude trip.
- Move slowly. Acclimating to altitude is harder when you fly to your destination. You are being dropped at a high altitude into a high altitude without time for your body to adjust to the altitude. If you can’t drive, which allows your body to slowly acclimate to new heights, make sure to not do too much your first day. So, wait to do the hike at least 24 hours after arrival.
- Drink water. Hydrating is important all day, every day. Your body needs water, even more so at altitude. Keep in mind that at high altitudes you are much closer to the sun, which also adds to the need to drink plenty of water – especially if you don’t feel thirsty. Also, when you are at high altitudes you exhale more moisture, so you need to replenish with water.
- Get sleep. Staying on a sleep schedule is always a good idea, especially when you are asking more from your body. Instead of staying out late at night, keep to your normal sleep schedule.