regular stayIt’s summer and that means summer vacation!

Whether you’re globetrotting, heading to the beach, the mountains, or somewhere in between, the last thing you want is to deal with stomach issues on the road.

Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort or even planning to stay regular every step of the way!

We’ve even compiled this go-to guide, with the tips you need to keep “going”, no matter where you’re going.

Before the Trip

By taking simple steps before your trip even starts, you can increase the likelihood you’ll stay regular throughout your vacation.

1. Slow down, or even eliminate alcohol. Alcohol causes dehydration throughout the body, including in the colon. Counter any extra vacation drinking you may be doing by giving your body a chance to hydrate properly ahead of time.

2. Go ahead and increase your fiber intake now. If you don’t get enough fiber – and most people don’t – increase it slowly before you leave town. Your body needs some time to adjust to fiber, so give it that time. That way, you aren’t dealing with irregularity or the opposite once you’re on the trip. And remember, the minimum recommended amount of fiber is 25g for women and 38g for men per day!

3. Increase exercise. Exercise helps you stay regular under normal circumstances, so it’s especially important leading up to a trip. Getting your heart pumping means getting your blood flowing which means keeping your colon healthy – which keeps everything moving. Start your vacation with your colon as healthy as possible and you’ll stay as healthy as possible.

4. Check your medications. Certain common over-the-counter medications can cause constipation. Unfortunately, these also tend to be the kind of medications people need during vacations, like heartburn treatments. Read the fine print and talk to your doctor before you ever leave town. That way you can stock up on the products that won’t block you up.

During the Trip

While pre-trip planning is important, it’s what happens on vacation that really matters.

Stay regular no matter where you are with these next steps…

5. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Depending on where you’re vacationing, this could be easy, or it could be a challenge. On a tropical beach, fruits and vegetables are plentiful. At an amusement park, it could be more difficult. So make sure you indulge whenever you do find them available, even if it means skipping the dessert buffet and hitting the salad bar instead. Eating well is the easiest, most effective way to stay regular.

6. Drink plenty of water. If eating well is the easiest way to stay regular, this is the second easiest. Any decaffeinated liquid will help, but be sure to get plenty of good old water, too. Not only does hydration keep your colon healthy, but it helps soften stools, making them easier to pass, as well.

7. Limit alcohol. Vacation may be the only time it’s socially acceptable to start drinking at breakfast and not stop until your nightcap – but you aren’t doing yourself any favors by going down that route. Alcohol dehydrates the entire system, including your colon. We’ve already discussed the importance of staying hydrated to staying regular. Enjoy your vacation, just do so wisely.

8. Keep moving. You boosted your exercise levels before the trip, don’t slack off now! Again, some vacations may lend themselves to getting plenty of exercise. If you’re on a walking tour or up in the mountains, you’re probably getting enough exercise. But if you’re on a beach or a cruise, it may be a different thing. Even if you want to spend most of the day by the pool or lounging at the beach, make sure you keep moving. Take advantage of the soft sand and walk, or do laps in the pool. It all counts, and it will all help you stay regular.

9. Get enough rest. It’s easy to burn the candle at both ends when you’re on vacation because you don’t want to miss a thing. But that’s also a good way to get blocked up. Your system is already off its routine because you’re on vacation. Depriving it of the sleep it needs will only make it worse. Your digestive track is more sensitive to changes in routine than you may realize, so give it time to rest, too.

10. Go when you have to go. Using a public bathroom can be embarrassing for some people, however when you’re on vacation, you may not have easy access to your hotel. Don’t put off having a bowl movement, no matter how much you want to. Holding it in will only make it harder to go later. Remember, everybody goes!

11. Give it time. Since traveling can throw off your system, you may not go as quickly as you do at home. That’s okay. Try to relax. Listen to music, read a book, or do a crossword puzzle. If you’re stressed or tense about how long it’s taking, it will take even longer. If you haven’t gone in ten minutes or so, give yourself a break. Drink some water, have some fruit, walk around. Try again later in the day. Just because you’re not going on your usual schedule doesn’t necessarily mean you’re constipated.

12. Pack BenVia Gold. BenVia Gold packs a nutritional punch, including six grams of fiber in just one scoop! Stay regular and fill in any nutritional gaps by tucking a bottle of BenVia Gold into your suitcase. Have access to the fiber, vitamins, and minerals your body needs - wherever you are!

Vacations are supposed to be fun! Don’t lose any time dealing with constipation.

Stay regular from start to finish, with a few easy steps and BenVia Gold!