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Tips for high altitude?


Have you ever traveled to a high altitude area? Do you know of anything you can do to prepare your body for the thinner air and less oxygen? I've got 6 weeks and I'm getting nervous...
Feb 25, 2013 @ 11:16 am

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Not much

I have traveled several high altitude areas. I have never gotten any sickness or anything like that. Most websites just suggest drinking lots of water and not over-exerting yourself once you're in the high altitude. I do notice that when I go to a high-altitude area (especially in cold weather) it really dries out my skin, so I recommend investing in some good moisturizer.
Feb 28, 2013 @ 12:27 am

Good tips - thanks midnightsun!

I was planning on a higher SPF (being closer to the sun and all) but now I will make sure I take a slightly richer moisturizer as well!

Will try to remember the water (I'm bad at that) and I was recently told to keep eating even though I won't be hungry.
Feb 28, 2013 @ 04:21 am

High Altitude Tips

Yep - I know I'm replying my own question. You live and learn. I went from 125m (home) to 4000m. I learned lots from my visit to high altitude:

* Plan a full day to acclimatize your body. I drank water and ate even if I was not hungry. Walking was fine though you can feel breathless much faster. My fingers and toes swelled up like crazy. Even running shoes cut my feet. To a point that they were really painful. I went to my room and elevated my feet to drain them. Fingers looked like sausages... funny but painful

* Before I left I bought a prescription for altitude sickness (just in case). It was about $20 and you can get the script from your dr or a travel clinic

* A great tip I got from my travel clinic doctor was to take 80-100mg of ginko biloba 2x a day every day for 5 days before the trip and then until you reach the highest elevation of your trip. For me, that was 10 days total. I think it really helped! (ginko is a natural circulation/memory aid from the ginko tree)

* Take a higher SPF than you even think... you are closer to the sun (and I was above the clouds) so you can really fry. There are high-elevation sun blocks available.

* Frequent rests and drinking water helped. Hiking (moderate level) knocked me right out since my breath couldn't keep up. You need lots of rests to let your heart and body catch up

Hope this helps someone else! Happy travels!
Jun 23, 2013 @ 10:19 am

Gravol, yawn, walk

This one may reach you after your trip, but can help with your next one :)

Gravol before the flight and into the flight about 3-4 hours.
Yawn every time you feel your ears hurt from the altitude.
Move every 30 minutes. Go up and down the isle just to make your muscle move.
Aug 12, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

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