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The Importance of Hydrating While Traveling

It’s important to stay hydrated when traveling, but it’s not easy. Two major obstacles are airplane travel and hotels.

You can’t carry liquids with you on airplanes and purchasing water in airports can be very expensive.  Airplanes are notorious for dehydrating its passengers. These pressure controlled fuselages contain very little humidity, usually 20-30% as opposed to the recommended humidity level of up to 65%.

You may notice dry skin, scratchy eyes, discomfort and fatigue. What you won’t notice, at first, is the ability of viruses to attack you in low humidity environments.  Low humidity can cause an increase of repertory viruses because of a decrease of hydration in the mucus membranes in your airways. When not properly hydrated, these membranes can’t do their job which is to trap the germs trying to enter your body.  These germs can come from various sources. Passengers, seat pockets, tray tables and the meals themselves.

So simply ask for water, right? That usually isn’t the best option. According to Budget Travel, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tested 327 aircraft and some of the water actually tested positive for E.coli! And this contaminated water is also used to brew the coffee and tea at temperatures not high enough to kill these deadly bacteria. And what if the supply of bottled water runs out? The stewards simply get you water from the tanks that are dirty and often filled at foreign airports with little or no water quality regulations.

So you made it out of the airport, possibly unscathed, and it’s time to relax in your hotel room. The problem is, you’re entering another controlled environment and it’s not controlled by you. Humidity levels can also be low in hotel rooms so you’re more susceptible to the germs and viruses that circulate around the hotel. Tap water is questionable and the $5.00, 8 ounce bottles of water are out of the question. What you need is a safe and reliable source of water. Something readily available throughout every phase of your trip – airplanes, hotel rooms, driving and outdoor activities such as sightseeing.

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