The cool nights and sunny days of late summer make for great camping. However, if you are living with acid reflux, you may need to be mindful of a few extra reflux-friendly tips to make your camping experience fun and not painful.
1. Pack high-quality food
Typical camping food can consist of chili, hot dogs, chips, and chocolate. Just because you are eating by the fire, it does not mean you should eat foods that you know make your symptoms worse. Before your adventure, visit your closest health food store and look for gluten-free graham crackers and rice-syrup marshmallows. Other items that will pack lightly include dried banana chips, instant noodles, and oatmeal. Everyone will love chicken breasts on the grill, wrapped in tortillas as a lean alternative to items like burgers and hotdogs.
2. Bring extra pillows
If you are used to sleeping on an elevated bed, it is a good idea to develop something similar for the wilderness. You can bring extra pillows or order a wedge pillow before your trip. Sleeping in a hammock when camping can also be helpful.
3. Stick to your schedule
If you take medication first thing in the morning or last thing at night, keeping on this schedule will help you to feel good on your trip. If you are camping without electricity or running water, this might take some planning.
4. Exercise can worsen symptoms
Overall, exercise is a healthy and recommended activity for those with and without acid reflux. However, if you have reflux, you know that extended hikes, bike rides, or kayaking adventures can make your symptoms worse temporarily. Avoiding a big meal just before your activity, bringing along an antacid and drinking water can all be helpful.
5. Plan for your needs
Acid reflux is an extremely common digestive disorder. It is also very individualized. For example, what might be a trigger food or activity for you may be well tolerated for someone else with acid reflux. If you are living with acid reflux, you probably know the foods and activities that are most bothersome to you. Taking care of your own needs in advance will allow you to enjoy an outdoor adventure during a beautiful time of year.
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Tracy Davenport, Ph.D., is a freelance health writer and the C.E.O. of Tracy’s Smoothie Place. She serves as the expert on a weekly radio show about health and wellness and is the author of Making Life Better for a Baby with Acid Reflux and multiple articles about the cost of caregiving. Learn more about Tracy and what healthy living services and products she can offer on her website. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram @drinksmoothies.