Top 7 Tips for Altitude Sickness Prevention:
1) Know your limits!
If you are going to go above 8000 feet, then it’s best to have some experience with high altitude. You need to understand what you’re getting yourself into before making any decisions.
Most hikers do not know their limitations and end up suffering from altitude sickness. Even experienced backpackers suffer from it occasionally, but they’ve learned how to deal with it by now.
2) Take care of your body!
Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, eat well balanced meals, take time to rest and relax, etc. Don’t forget to hydrate properly during the day while hiking.
Also make sure you get enough sleep at night so that you don’t wake up too early or too late. Remember that if you stay awake for more than 2 hours without food or water, then it’s game over for most people.
3) Be prepared!
When planning your trip, make sure you pack everything you’ll need including extra clothing, extra socks, extra underwear, extra shoes (or boots), etc. You may want to bring some snacks along with you just in case you run out of food or water somewhere along the way.
4) Prepare for bad weather!
Weather conditions can change quickly at higher elevations. If you start to feel warm, remove some clothing layers.
If you start to shiver, put more clothing layers on. If you start to sweat, remove some clothing layers. Always keep this in mind when you’re hiking at higher altitudes.
5) Increase your oxygen intake!
This is another very important step toward preventing altitude sickness. One thing that helps is taking breaks every 30-45 minutes for at least 5-10 minutes.
This allows your body’s oxygen levels to build up again. It also gives you a chance to hydrate properly and eat a snack, if need be.
6) Take it easy!
Many people make the mistake of wanting to get “mile-deep” as quickly as possible when hiking at higher altitudes. Your body needs time to adjust when going up to higher elevations so don’t go too fast.
Take plenty of breaks and enjoy the scenery along the way.
7) Be prepared for the return trip!
Remember that you’ll have to return back down the mountain at some point. You’re going to feel tired on the way back so make sure you stop and rest as often as you need to.
Drink plenty of fluids and bring more snacks with you for the way back.
Thanks for your attention! Now go learn more about Altitude Sickness Medication.
Good Luck & Be Safe!!!
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