Whether you're at a destination bachelorette party in a house with 15 other people or on a romantic secluded honeymoon with bae, no one is immune to vacation constipation. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it occurs when someone has three or fewer bowel movements per week, usually while you're traveling. Sound familiar?
This inevitable and unfortunate bowel backup is caused by a few factors that often occur on vacation: experiencing stress, eating different foods, and changing your schedule, as Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD, a gastroenterologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine, previously told Refinery29. If you have a vacation on your calendar this summer, then you might be in a poop panic already thinking about how you're going to go. Ahead are some tips for ensuring everything moves smoothly on your vacation. And hey, if you do end up with travel constipation, just be thankful it's not Montezuma's revenge.
Don't skip meals.
Make sure you're eating three square meals, or several smaller meals, throughout the day, according to MedlinePlus. If you're the type to plan which restaurants you want to eat at ahead of a trip, this is probably easy. But ensuring that you get at least some food in your system can help move things along.