We have all been there: You had a great night out, made lots of new friends, had a few drinks and you have to check out of your hostel early the next morning. You oversleep, get woken up by one of the staff members and you have to hurry to pack up your stuff. Your head hurts, your eyes are red and you feel like collapsing as soon as you pick up your backpack. This feeling boys and girls, is known as a hangover.
To help you get rid of this awful feeling, here are a few helpful tips that will help you to be the healthy backpacker that you started your trip as.
Eat fatty food before you start drinking
Preventing a hangover starts way before drinking and it is reccomended to eat fatty food. Now this tip is loved by many backpackers and shouldn't be too hard to do. The fat will slow down the absorption of alcohol in your body. Go for steak, sausage, fried foods or pizza before you start your night.
Drink water before, in between, and after drinks
Water is never a bad thing on a night out. Before you start drinking, make sure you're hydrated. While you're drinking, have a glass of water or non-alcoholic beverage between drinks. And when you wake up the next morning, drink plenty of water or sports drinks that contain glucose and electrolytes.
Take an over-the-counter painkiller like aspirin or ibuprofen
The peak of these painkillers are after about 4 hours after taking them. So if you know you will have a short sleep, take one before you go to bed and it will take effect when your hangover strikes the next morning.
Have bouillion soup
Having bouillion soup will help you restore the salt and potassium levels. Potassium is needed for nerve and muscle function and you will lose a lot every time you visit the bathroom after drinking alcohol. And this is a lot of times! A banana, avocado, potato chips or a glass of orange juice will also help restore potassium.
If you feel miserable while or after drinking, the hangover is only going to be worst. So why not accept it and be happy instead! Remember why you have that hangover in the first place (a great night) and enjoy the day.
Go for a surf/swim
Getting smashed over by waves will wake you up. Also the workout is healthy and as long as you keep yourself busy, you won't be able to pay attention to your hangover.