Travel & Tourism

Tips to avoid dehydration

Posted on 24 October, 2019


When you’re out and about in the harsh conditions of
the Top End of Australia, it’s pretty easy to feel hot and bothered. Add to that a bout of dehydration and it will make you feel not only more uncomfortable; it can be
dangerous to your health, and even fatal in extreme cases. 

Signs of dehydration include; dry or sticky mouth, dark yellow urine, headache, muscle cramps, feeling dizzy, rapid heartbeat or breathing, fainting, diarrhea and vomiting, amongst others.

So, don’t let a case
of dehydration get in the way of a wonderful travelling experience; follow the tips below to make sure you’re not left parched while on tour.


Drink plenty
of H2O

It goes without saying that you need to make sure
you’re drinking enough water to avoid dehydration, and to replace the water you
lose naturally through sweating. But how much water is enough? The typical standards
say around two litres a day for adults, but when you’re active in hotter
climates, your water intake requirements could be more than double that. To
keep your fluids up, be sure to have a large water bottle on you at all times, we recommend at least 750ml capacity. You’ll also need a place to fill up regularly, like a large water cooler in your vehicle for top ups on the go. 

A further measure when it’s really hot is to add electrolytes, like Hydralyte to your water bottle to replenish some of what you are losing through sweat. 

Eat
water-rich foods

Even though straight-up water is the best source of
H2O, you can also increase your water intake by eating foods like watermelon, cucumber, oranges, apples and tomatoes.

Avoid
diuretics

Beverages like coffee, tea, alcohol and soft drinks
act as diuretics (which means they make you go to the toilet more), causing you
to lose water at a faster rate. If you know you have a big day of touring out
in the hot sun, it’s best to avoid these types of drinks and stick to plain ol’
water.

Check your
meds

Just like the drinks we just mentioned, some
medications can act as diuretics. But before you toss the pills, have a chat
with your doctor about whether any of your medications may speed up the process
of dehydration and seek out their advice on how to best manage your water
intake when travelling to the Top End.

Keep your
cool

Scheduling strenuous outdoor activities for the
coolest part of the day will help you avoid dehydration, the mornings are particularly good as well as late-afternoons. Then in the hotter parts of the day activities that are in the shade or cool you down are ideal. Luckily, there’s no shortage
of swimming spots, art galleries and cultural centres throughout the Top End,
which means you can still tick plenty of sights and experiences off the travel bucket
list while keeping cool.

We hope you found these general tips useful and please remember if you are feeling signs of dehydration please let someone know. Safe travels 🙂  

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