People from all over the world travel to the Colorado Rockies for vacations in Vail and the surrounding towns, but it’s no fun when your plans for outdoor activities are halted because you or someone you’ve traveled with suffers from a bout of altitude sickness.

So, what is altitude sickness?

When your body is used to being at altitudes closer to sea level, a quick change to the high altitude of the Colorado Rockies can cause negative side effects on the way a person feels, and physically performs.

Symptoms of altitude sickness include:

* A headache that often feels throbbing

* Nausea and vomiting

* Unable to sleep well

* Low to no appetite

* Dizziness

* Feeling fatigued and weak

More serious altitude sickness symptoms that may occur:

* Blue or gray lips, fingers and toes

* Confusion

* Inability to walk straight

None of that sounds fun! Especially if you’ve traveled from far and wide to experience and enjoy all of the activates that a stay in the high country brings. Here’s a few tips to consider following before you head up the mountains:

Avoid alcohol consumption

Wait to drink alcohol for at least 48 hours after arriving at a high altitude. They say that one drink = three when you’re at sea level.

Ascend slowly

If you have the time, make your way up the mountains slowly so your body has more of a chance to adjust.

Refrain from exercise

Take a couple days off from strenuous activities so that your body has time to adjust and relax.

Book lower lodging

If you’re going to be spending your days doing activities above 10,000 feet, find a hotel or condo at a lower elevation so you’re sleeping a bit lower. That way your body has a better chance of recovering at night while you rest.

If you do find yourself suffering from altitude sickness, the following tips may assist in helping you feel better and get you back outside to enjoy everything about the great outdoors.

Head back down

If you’re symptoms become too unbearable, make your way down to an elevation closer to sea level and let your body replenish its oxygen.

Take over the counter pain killers

Taking these as instructed can help with the headache that oftentimes accompanies altitude sickness.

Oxygen therapy

Find a place that provides oxygen supplementation and allow your body to catch up!

Call your doctor

If things aren’t getting better the best thing you can do for yourself is to call your doctor and follow their instructions.

Your body will tell you if somethings is wrong so don’t ignore any altitude sickness symptoms! There is nothing like a ruined vacation that you’ve been planning for!

Happy travels!