How to Cure a Hangover While Traveling

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For some people, partying/drinking and traveling go hand in hand.

If you travel the youth hostel circuit, you’ll notice that many of them are geared towards (and attract) young, party-loving travelers who like to go out and have a good time.

Hitting the town with a group of likeminded travelers can be a great time, and having a conversation with someone over a pint can create a bond like no other.

Let’s face it though, even the best of us can go a little overboard at times and suffer for it in the morning.

When you’re out traveling, every moment is precious, so you won’t want to waste a day lying in bed with a hangover.

Here are some tips for dealing with a hangover (or how to make the best of it) when traveling:

Stay Hydrated

Drinking a pint (or more) of water before you go to bed after a night on the sauce will do you wonders. Essentially, drunkenness is caused by dehydration, so the best way to deal with it is to drink as much water as possible.

As well as drinking water, drinking fluids that contain Vitamin C (such as pure orange juice) is also a good idea, as it’ll help you to feel perkier and will give your immune system a much needed boost.

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Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is nature’s cure for a hangover, so try to get as many hours in as possible (especially if you’ve got a lot of activities planned for the next day).

This can be difficult if you’re staying in a dorm/shared room at a hostel (as there will most likely be other people getting up early and making noise), so you might want to consider getting yourself a set of earplugs and a sleep eye mask.

Take Drugs

The best hangover remedy I have experienced so far has been Alka Seltzer.

These amazing tablets are taken by diluting them in water, and are designed to cure sore heads, aching stomachs, nausea, drowsiness and tiredness.

If you can’t find Alka Seltzer, taking aspirin/paracetamol is a good alternative and will help with sore heads. Also, drinking energy drinks (such as Lucozade) will perk you up and leave you feeling less tired.

Take a Bath/Shower

Being able to sweat out the toxins and sooth your body from the night before by taking a long, hot bath will leave you feeling ten times better after a heavy night.

Unfortunately, taking a bath isn’t really an option when staying in hostels (although it is if you’re staying in a hotel room), so your next best option is to take a shower instead.

Eat Something Healthy

When it comes to eating something, try to avoid heavy, greasy foods (such as cheeseburgers and bacon) and look for healthy, light foods instead (scrambled eggs on toast).

Doing so will help to settle your stomach, and won’t leave you wanting to go to sleep right after you’ve eaten.

Get Some Fresh Air

Spending the whole day in a dark, stuffy hostel room isn’t good for you (not to mention it’s a waste of a day). Forcing yourself to get outside and get some fresh air will do you the world of good.

Even if you don’t feel like doing anything, take a walk to the pharmacy to pick up some aspirin, go to the internet café to upload your photos to Facebook/update your travel diary, spend some time lying on the beach or go for a picnic in the local park.

Of course, the best way to deal with a hangover is to avoid getting one in the first place!

Do you have any tips for dealing with hangovers, or amazing hangover cures that you like to make? Leave a comment in the box below!

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