People are often concerned about constipation in advance of travelling, even while they are still planning and preparing for a trip. Many are affected by temporary constipation, which is a common occurrence while travelling, changing an environment, or experiencing stress. While it is mostly harmless, such constipation can be very exhausting and unpleasant.

Statistics show that up to 48% of people suffer from constipation when on vacation, for numerous reasons.

The change in schedule is one of the most common causes. While travelling, we rise, go to bed, and eat at different times; if we travel farther, jet lag adds to the exhaustion. Without a firm schedule, the body is likely to protest. In our day-to-day routine, we pay attention to our body’s signals. But at the seaside, in a forest, or in the mountains, these signals, such as bloating or cramps, are easy to overlook and ignore.

Another cause is lack of relaxation. Feeling relaxed is often key to regular bowel function, so unfamiliar situations or lack of privacy on vacation can lead to delayed bowel movements and ultimately constipation. It is well-known that most people find it hard to relax in an unfamiliar bathroom.

The change of habits while on vacation is another important factor. We change our eating and drinking habits, which can have a very negative effect on digestion.

We also experience stress. Some people fear flying or get stressed just from planning and organising their trip.

Constipation is easier to prevent than cure. In most cases, it occurs during the first few days of a vacation. Healthy eating habits can help alleviate problems. Even while on vacation, we should take care to maintain a healthy diet and increase the intake of fibre, fruit, vegetables, wholegrain cereals, and fluids.

Since it has a major effect on the quality of life and well-being, constipation can ruin a vacation. We should prepare and plan in advance, more so if we are already prone to constipation. In this case, we can carry laxatives while travelling, after consulting with our physician.