A Packing Guide for a Fun and IBS-Friendly Beach Day
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A Packing Guide for a Fun and IBS-Friendly Beach Day

Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2024
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Kari Tallent

Low-FODMAP
IBS

Preparing for a Relaxing Beach Day with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Many of you are already planning your beach days with summertime's arrival and temperatures rising. For most people, a beach day sounds relaxing and like paradise. For those living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the thought of a beach day sounds more like an anxiety-provoking nightmare. Recognizing your symptoms, being prepared, and having a plan can help curb discomfort.

Of course, food is always one of the main culprits for an IBS flare. Another thing you should also consider is exposure to hot temperatures as well as your hydration status. These are both additional variables that can promote an IBS attack. Being equipped with appropriate items can turn your blues into a ray of sunshine. Allow me to guide you on a helpful expedition, explaining what to bring and how to prepare for a smooth and fun day.  

Simplifying Your Beach Packing List for IBS Comfort

There are many items to consider when going to the beach, which can get overwhelming and cause undue stress and anxiety. Just remember that it is nature, and the intent is for it to be fun and relaxing. I always have to let myself take a step back and simplify. I often have to reset my thinking so I do not overpack or talk myself out of going and enjoying the day. 

I have curated a packing list to help you get started and eliminate some of the stress. 

 

Just remember that not all items are necessary; pack according to your comfort level. Of note, certain lotions and sunscreens contain gluten, which may stimulate a reaction in your body if you are gluten-sensitive. For example, this sunscreen is gluten-free. 

Choosing IBS-Friendly Foods and Snacks for the Beach

Now that we have covered comfort, let us talk about food. You are going to get hungry while you are at the beach, and if you add kids, a snack attack is waiting to happen. Arm yourself with foods that do not trigger your IBS. If you are doing Low FODMAP or have discovered high FODMAP foods that trigger, then pack accordingly. 

Embracing Beach Days with IBS: Your Path to Enjoyment and Comfort

Having irritable bowel syndrome does not have to eliminate your activities. Get control of your symptoms and get back to living. Understand your triggers and what foods and beverages are safe. Recognize the onset of a flare-up, and do yourself a favor by remaining adaptable. If you have any tips or helpful anecdotes, please add a comment below!

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