High Altitude Travel Checklist

High Altitude Travel Checklist

Some of the world’s most beautiful scenery is found in the mountains, but travelling to high altitudes can be dangerous, and requires thoughtful preparation. The following tips will help you stay fit and comfortable for the duration of your trip:

Low Humidity

The air is much drier in the mountains than it is at sea level. Take the following items along to stay comfortable and hydrated:

  • Saline nasal spray for nosebleeds, which are common at high altitude due to dry nasal membranes
  • Extra-strength moisturizer
  • Lip moisturizer 
  • Artificial tears for dry eyes
  • Plenty of water

Sun Protection

  • High SPF sunscreen. At higher elevations there’s less air to absorb the rays of the sun. You'll need sunscreen and a lip moisturizer with a minimum 50 SPF.
  • Hat with a wide brim to protect your face and neck.
  • Sunglasses. Pack an extra pair in case you lose them.

Motion Sickness

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

Altitude Sickness

When the body can’t adjust to abrupt changes in altitude, altitude sickness can set in starting at 6,500 feet, resulting in headaches, nausea, breathing problems and fluid accumulation. 

Altitude sickness can be fatal, and can occur in anyone at any age — regardless of fitness level. Before you leave for your trip, learn what to do if someone in your traveling party succumbs to altitude sickness. You can prevent altitude sickness by taking AltitudeRx before and during your trip.

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