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Travel and constipation

Chances are you’ve probably experienced some form of constipation while travelling. Your system can easily be upset by changes in time zones, diet, nerves and hot weather.

On the move

Struggling with sleep, climate and nutrition are all common while travelling. And the resulting effect can mean you find it increasingly difficult to find your rhythm and comfortably go to the washroom when you’re away from home. Take a look at the tips below to help minimize the causes of constipation while you’re on the move.

Here’s what you can do:

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Stay hydrated. It’s easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re travelling or taking a long flight, but making sure you keep hydrated can help prevent the triggers of constipation. And, where possible, avoid drinking alcohol during travel, as this can also be a contributing factor to dehydration.




Reduce travel stress before travel. The stress of getting to your destination and being in unfamiliar surroundings can lead to digestive difficulty. Where possible, pack ahead of time and double check all your to-do lists before it becomes a last-minute mission that causes stress.



Close your eyes and think of home. We’ve all been there. Sometimes you’re in a foreign country and environment, and the unfamiliar facilities just don’t make you feel relaxed enough to make a bowel movement. But if you wait to use the toilet, you increase the chances of constipation. Our advice? When the urge arises, close your eyes and think of home. Or just take some hygienic tissues with you, which might help you feel more comfortable when visiting an unknown toilet.

Pack a plan B. To avoid trips to the pharmacy when you should be on holiday, we suggest packing a little help in the form of MICROLAX®. It provides gentle and effective constipation relief usually in 5 to 20 minutes.

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