The importance of staying hydrated on the road can not be stressed enough. When your body is dehydrated, you start feeling symptoms such as dizziness, headache, etc. which are very dangerous conditions to drive under. It's important to be aware of the things that dehydrate you, as well as what can help you stay hydrated on the road.
Dehydration can kick in when you're driving without much notice. Your first thought while driving wouldn't be that you need to stay hydrated, but that's because we are often unaware of factors that cause dehydration. If you're driving in the summer you can be faced with grueling temperatures even with air conditioning in your truck. Sweating causes dehydration so be aware when your in hot temperatures. If you're snacking on chips, pretzels, and anything else with a high salt content, prepare for dehydration as well. Aside from salty foods, alcohol and sugary drinks also cause you to lose all that good H2O your body needs.
Since there are many factors that cause dehydration, we have to be on top of all the things that will re-hydrate our bodies. The top hydrator of course is regular old water. Some people get tired of water which is why they tend to reach for sodas juices, and other sugary drinks. If plain water is too bland for you, check out an infuser. It allows you to add fruit and vegetable into a container in your water bottle which then infused the water with whatever you put in it. It's a great way to spice up your water and add extra nutrients at the same time. If you want an alternative to water, check out coconut water. Even more hydration that regular water with an added flavor kick. Besides spicing up your water, there are also plenty of fruits and vegetables with high water contents that will kill your H2O craving as well as your snack craving. Try out water rich fruits such as grapefruit, grapes, watermelon and strawberries. Some water rich vegetables include cucumber, celery, and iceberg lettuce.
Stay hydrated on the road and learn to recognize symptoms of dehydration before they get too serious. If you're still not too sure if you're hydrated enough, take a look at the color of your pee. The deeper the yellow color, the more dehydrated you are so keep your pee as clear as possible!