Hot flashes are an unavoidable and unpredictable part of menopause. They can come on anytime and anywhere. Since you can’t predict hot flashes, you might be faced with one when traveling – in your car, on an airplane or on the train. If you find yourself in this predicament, there are several things you can do to help reduce the intensity of these hot flashes and find some relief.
Cool the Air
The first, and perhaps most obvious, line of defense from hot flashes while on the road is to open the window. This is a simple and effective solution in your car and even on some trains, but is not possible while on an airplane.
Fortunately, airplanes offer another solution – individual air conditioning vents. If you feel a hot flash coming on, or even if you don’t, turn on the air conditioner vent to full blast and aim it directly at your face. The cool air from the air conditioner can help reduce your body temperature and help to make the enclosed air in the airplane cabin a little less stuffy. Turning up the air conditioner is also a palpable option when traveling in the car.
Dress in Layers
Dressing in layers is a hot flash solution that requires a little foresight. If you know you are going to be traveling, and therefore confined to an enclosed space for an extended period of time, dress accordingly. Pair a light cotton top with a light sweater and maybe even a jacket. When you feel a hot flash coming on, you can remove your clothing layers accordingly to help cool your body down. This is not the only benefit of dressing in layers, however. A hot flash is often followed by a period of cold chills. When you feel your body temperature start to drop, you can replace the layers you took off to warm your body up again.
Have a Beverage Handy
Cold beverages work wonders for hot flashes when traveling. Keep iced water or iced tea with you at all times during travel. You can sip on this cold beverage regularly throughout your travel to help keep your body temperature from rising. Iced beverages also create a cool condensation. When you feel a hot flash coming on, you can place the iced beverage to your forehead or your neck to use this condensation to help cool your body down.
If you are traveling for several hours, consider freezing some water in a bottle the night before. This creates a portable ice pack that can be applied to your head and neck when you are heating up. In addition, the water will eventually start to melt and serve as your cold beverage throughout your travels.
When traveling, choose foods that won’t exacerbate or trigger hot flashes. Avoid hot foods, like soup, and opt for cold foods like salads and sandwiches. Avoid spicy foods, which can increase body temperature and lead to hot flashes.