High Altitude Travel

Some of the world’s most beautiful scenery is found at high altitudes, where the altitudes can top 10,000 feet. It is important if you are planning a trip to high places, to learn more about altitude sickness.

Learn About Altitude Sickness

When the body can’t adjust to abrupt changes in altitude, altitude sickness can set in, resulting in headaches, nausea, breathing problems and fluid accumulation. It can happen to anyone of any age and it can occur as low as 6,500 feet. Altitude sickness can be fatal and you should know what to do if it affects you or family members.

High Altitude Travel Checklist

Dryness – you will find the air much drier in the mountains than at sea level. Take these along to stay comfortable:

Saline Nasal Spray: Nose bleeds are common at high altitude due to dry nasal membranes.

Extra-Strength Moisturizers: Make sure and bring lots of your favorites and bring some chapstick or other lip moisturizer.

Artificial Tears: There really help with dryness in the eyes.

Water Bottle Carrier:  Make sure and drink lots of water at altitude.

Protect Against the Sun

High SPF Sunscreen: At higher elevations there’s less air to absorb the rays of the sun. Make sure and bring 50SPF

Hat with a Wide Brim: A hat with a brim will not only protect your face, but your neck was as well.

Sunglasses: Pack an extra pair in your luggage, as we have all lost a pair or walked out of the house without them, especially if you leave at night.

Motion Sickness

If you’re driving to high elevations, you’ll probably be going on winding roads. If you are susceptible to motion sickness and you can drive that may help. If that’s not an option, bring along a motion sickness remedy.

Altitude Sickness

Remember altitude sickness can happen to even the most fit athlete. Make sure and take a bottle of AltitudeRx with you to prevent altitude sickness.