Constipation While Traveling

Another strain on digestion

Do you love to travel? Great. Enjoy all those new experiences that inspire your mind. But also be aware that in some cases a new environment can have certain effects on your digestion: Unfamiliar food, changing time zones and different climates are the most common causes of constipation when travelling. Exotic ingredients and spices, unusually large quantities and rich food, combined with a change in daily routine and perhaps higher temperatures than normal, can also put a strain on your stomach and bowels. This can cause discomfort and even pain when visiting the toilet. Depending on the type of changes and your body’s natural predisposition, needing a few days to acclimatise to the new conditions is completely normal. To make your days of adjustment easier, try to eat light, fibre-rich meals and, particularly in warmer climates, drink more water, juices or tea than you normally would at home.

Lack of fluids

If you sweat more, you should also drink more in order to balance things out. Some people also drink too little when they’re out and about because they’re worried about not being able to get to a toilet.

Medication

Taking an iron supplement also can slow your digestion when travelling. If possible, talk to your doctor about going without iron supplements or medications containing iron when on holiday. Many supplements designed to treat indigestion contain aluminium, can also cause constipation. The best option is to avoid medications with a high quantity of aluminium in them and ask your doctor or pharmacist about alternatives that may help you avoid constipation.

Psychological causes

Perhaps you generally find it difficult to go to the toilet outside of your usual environment, as so many people do. If your main issue is cleanliness, you should give paper covers for the toilet seat or sanitary wipes a try.