Be Aware - Follow These Helpful High Altitude Tips While on Vacation

     Most people spend time planning and look forward to their vacations for quite a long period of time in advance of their actual trip.
     A great deal of thought is put into making all the arrangement for the event. A good deal of money is set aside for the occasion.
     To ensure that your vacation here in the Sierra National Forest is a pleasant and relaxing one, here are a few helpful suggestions or tips from health professionals that will help you to adjust to the higher altitude.
     Tip 1#: Always arrive in good physical condition. This will help ensure you stay in good shape during your vacation.
     Tip #2: Take time to acclimatize to different altitudes that you may experience during your trip. Most visitors to the Sierra Nevada live at much lover elevations than are found here in the Sierra National Forest. At higher elevations the air is thinner with less oxygen and humidity than at sea level. Spending time at a certain altitude before traveling to a higher altitude will prevent common symptoms associated with
altitude sickness. These symptoms may include muscle fatigue, insomnia, slight shortness of breath, or mild headaches.
     Tip #3: Be sure to drink plenty of water during your trip to the Sierra. It is much more easy to become dehydrated at higher altitudes. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water will help prevent many of the symptoms associated with altitude sickness.
     Tip #4: Limit your alcohol consumption. You don’t have to avoid them completely. But, as tempted as you may be, after all its your vacation, try to avoid alcoholic beverages during the first day of your visit. You will find that you sleep better and be ready for your holiday adventures.
     Tip #5: Make sure that you bring and always wear sunscreen. At higher elevations the UV rays from the sun are more intense, therefore you are more susceptible to sunburn when you are at higher elevations To protect your skin use sunscreen of an SPF of 15 or higher and re-apply every four hours. Wear protective clothing like hats and bandannas.