Drinking water is such a regular thing that most of us take it for granted, and often underestimate the seriousness of keeping ourselves sufficiently hydrated. We are a hostel for backpackers in Varanasi, India, and hence we’ll be emphasising on the importance of drinking water while travelling in India.
It’s the 7th of May today, and the temperatures in the northern Indo-gangetic plains of the subcontinent are soaring up in the 40s. It gets so hot in this part of the world, it is practically unimaginable for anyone who is inexperienced with the sub-tropical (and tropical) climate zones.
Importance of Drinking Water while Travelling in India
If it is your first time in India, or any extremely hot country, you might not even really want to step outside your air-conditioned room to visit all those great temples and monuments. You might actually just feel like laying on your comfy bed, enjoying the tiny bit of relief the fan gives you. But of course that is not what you came to India for, so eventually you force yourself outside to experience the country. And for that case there is only one good tip we can give you: Drink plenty of water. It sounds like something obvious, something we should not even have to mention. But believe me, you will forget about it, and you will suffer from the consequences faster and greater than you think.
In normal circumstances, humans are advised to drink about 2 litres of water a day. That is with temperatures around 25ºC. Now imagine the need of your body when temperatures are up to 49ºC and you sweat incessantly. You might not feel it immediately, but the effects of dehydration will creep up on you and can make you feel really miserable. Severe headaches, dizziness and being low on energy are common. But also more “serious” signs like high fever are consequences if you do not pay attention to your water consumption. In fact, dehydration is the most common reason why people start feeling sick when travelling in India – more than any infection or disease.
So how can you avoid this condition? Make sure to drink at least 3-5 litres every day. When travelling with friends, remind each other to drink more. Also, eating juicy fruits like melon or mango helps to keep your system hydrated – and is of course a delicious way of doing so. And last but not the least, don’t force yourself to do more than you feel like doing. It is perfectly acceptable to skip one or two monuments and get some rest in a shady street restaurant, enjoy a fresh fruit shake and watch the life of the exotic place you are in.
In that case: Cheers!