We’ve experienced it: We’re somewhere between valleys and vast ocean views, close to reaching the summit when all of a sudden, it happens.
We feel lightheaded, nauseous and almost as if we’re about to hurl.
Altitude sickness happens to the best of us. The good news is there are plenty of ways to prevent it. Here are some of our personal tips.
- Adjust to the altitude
If you find yourself somewhere at a lower altitude, it’s best to keep the first two days free of hiking. Allow your body to adjust to the new heights because you need to get used to the oxygen deficiency. It needs to get acquainted with your new surroundings. Otherwise, you’re going to feel lightheaded and nauseous.
- Nourish yourself
Once you’re climbing already, it’s very important to refuel yourself. Your body is working overtime and constantly adjusting to the change of temperature, height and environment. The best you can do is to feed yourself right, from snack bars to trail mix. Don’t feel bad about consuming more sugar too. You need to stay on top of your game throughout the trip.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
We have to admit. A pint or two in the outdoors is just something that has to be included in our itinerary. There’s nothing like sipping on an IPA and taking in the natural majesty in front of you. However, beer isn’t enough to hydrate you. You have to pack on a lot of water, lemon juice or electrolyte-powered drinks. Otherwise, you’re going to feel too tired too soon.
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