10 Tips To Avoid Acidity 
While Travelling

Travelling has the innate power to invigorate you and your senses. However, the
excitement around a trip can easily fade away if you choose to ignore your health.  

While travelling is a therapeutic experience for some, the same can be a nightmare
for others. This happens mainly because the delicate cycle of eating and sleeping
gets disrupted, leaving the person with a plethora of digestive problems.

Acidity is one of those problems responsible for ruining a person’s travelling experience.
A number of factors can trigger the problem of acidity. Bigger meals1, unfamiliar foods
and lack of proper sleep are the leading causes of acidity.

Keeping tab of one’s health while travelling is as important as planning the itinerary
of your trip. However, the problem of acidity can be completely avoided by taking
note of some valuable tips.

1. Avoid Eating Heavy Foods
Before Travelling
Resist that temptation to eat heavy meals while travelling. A fresh sandwich or a salad
can be an excellent substitute for high fat foods laden with ghee.  You could keep
your meals light to avoid any symptoms that might appear en route to your
destination. Pack small meals that can be eaten during the journey. 

2. Research Food
People try to vouch for the minutest details of the place they plan to visit. But why
isn’t food given priority? It is advisable to do a little research work on the local
cuisine before visiting any place, as you wouldn’t like to remain on an empty
stomach throughout the trip. Try surfing for information about some local dishes
that can satiate your taste buds without upsetting your stomach or causing any
type of physical unrest. It is recommended to avoid tomato and tomato based
dishes for patients suffering from acid reflux.2

3. Avoid Eating Late
Your travelling can be replete with a gamut of activities leaving you exhausted.
In such a scenario, eating at irregular intervals can prove to be disastrous. It is
better to stop eating and drinking about three hours before you plan to go to bed
as it could have potential metabolic consequences.3

4. Refrain From Smoking
Lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking are usually advised for persons with
GERD4. Smoking and second hand smoking have adverse effects on the body that
have been well documented.

5. Carrying Non-Citrus Fruits
The pangs of hunger felt during travelling can be satiated by eating healthy snacks.
Fresh and dried fruits (non-citrus)5, whole-grain crackers, cereals and granola bars
work wonders in appeasing your hunger without triggering acidity. 

6. Avoid Caffeine
A full day of travelling can be very exhaustive luring you to have coffee, tea or
carbonated soft drinks. Avoid giving in to the temptation of those beverages;
instead, choose non-caffeinated drinks.6

7. Exercise
Are you in the habit of hitting the sack immediately after having dinner? It is time
to jettison that bad habit of yours. A post-dinner walk will go a long way in keeping
your stomach healthy and active.7

8. Abstain From Having Alcohol
Alcohol plays a major role in augmenting the production of acid in a stomach.8 
Its intake should be avoided or at least reduced to avoid any discomfort that may
be felt during the trip. 

9. Do Not Take Stress!
With some spontaneous changes to make in the itinerary, there can be a huge cloud
of stress hanging in the air. Stress has been shown to make people’s perception of
acidity as more painful than it actually is.Learn some deep breathing exercises before
you go. They could help you in times of distress and help optimize your energy levels.
Avoid exerting yourself too much.

10. Visit Your Doctor
Prevention is better than cure but if your symptoms reoccur frequently and are affecting
your quality of life, it is always advised to visit your doctor. You could also check for
physicians at your travel destination if symptoms worsen.

For mild acidity problems it will be a good idea to carry a sachet of an antacid such as
Eno in your pocket while you travel for quick relief anytime.


Associations among binge eating behavior patterns and gastrointestinal symptoms:
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2,4,5,6 Dietary guideline adherence for gastroesophageal reflux disease:
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3Natural history of heartburn: A 10-year population-based study
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7The Health Impact of Nighttime Eating: Old and New Perspectives:
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Heartburn ulcers:
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9Functional heartburn: the stimulus, the pain, and the brain:  
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How To Shift Acidity
Into Neutral

Powders are easy to carry and administer, so long
as water is accessible, and they start acting
quickly to relieve acidity symptoms.

Liquids tend to act more quickly on an acidity
problem than tablets and are often the preferred
form for children, but can be difficult to
carry around when you’re on the go.

Tablets are easy to carry, but tend to act more
slowly than either liquids or powders to relieve
acidity symptoms.