Traveller’s Constipation — My Iceland Outhouse Experience and Why I Pack Laxatives When I Travel

Constipation During Travel — My Iceland Outhouse Experience and Why I Pack Laxatives When I Travel — Contents

What is Constipation?

  • few bowel movements
  • straining to go
  • hard stools
  • a sense that everything didn’t come out

Why Does Traveller’s Constipation Happen?

  • dietary changes (increased caffeine, decreased probiotic, etc.)
  • dehydration
  • altered sleep patterns (hello napping on flights)
  • travel anxiety and stress
  • psychological reluctance to use public washrooms

Try these when you’re constipated:

  • Drink two to four extra glasses of water a day — I always carry a refillable water bottle with me no matter where I go to ensure this happens
  • Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet
  • Eat high fiber items like bran cereal
  • Exercise majority of the week
  • Acknowledge the urge to poop — don’t hold it in or ignore it, it’ll only make things worse

Avoid these when you’re constipated:

  • Dehydrating foods and drinks: caffeine
  • Constipation-inducing foods and drinks: unripe bananas (oops didn’t know this one!), alcohol, milk, processed grains, and red meat

Why I Pack Laxatives When I Travel — A Story of When I Couldn’t Go and Why Iceland’s Outhouses are Amazing

A New Record

Traveller's Constipation - My Iceland Outhouse Experience and Why I Pack Laxatives When I Travel Traveller's constipation is no joke. The gassy, bloated, stomach pain caused by the changes in your routine and added travel stress can be debilitating. Here's my story of traveller's constipation in Iceland and why I now pack laxatives whenever I travel.

What I Tried to Do to Stay Under the Constipation Record (A Failure)

Announcing the Blockage — Day 3 in Iceland

The Period of Increasing Concern and Escalating Mitigation Attempts — Day 5 to Day 7 in Iceland

  • frozen vegetables
  • canned corn
  • probiotics / yogurt
  • whole wheat bread

Finally. A Love Letter to an Iceland Outhouse — Day 8

Maria smiling after her traveller's constipation was relieved at an outhouse in Fjaðrárgljúfu, Iceland

Final Thoughts

Try these when you’re constipated:

  • Drink two to four extra glasses of water a day — I always carry a refillable water bottle with me no matter where I go to ensure this happens
  • Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet
  • Eat high fiber items like bran cereal
  • Exercise majority of the week
  • Acknowledge the urge to poop — don’t hold it in or ignore it, it’ll only make things worse

Avoid these when you’re constipated:

  • Dehydrating foods and drinks: caffeine
  • Constipation-inducing foods and drinks: unripe bananas (oops didn’t know this one!), alcohol, milk, processed grains, and red meat
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