I was recently asked for advice or "tips" about how to prevent constipation when travelling with children.
It is fairly common for young children to become constipated when their normal eating and sleeping schedules are disrupted.
For example, a number of parents have told me that their child first became constipated while driving between Seattle and California to visit Disneyland, in some cases necessitating an ER visit along the way. Vacation trips are especially difficult for kids because of having to eat at different times and in different surroundings. Kids also become constipated when travelling because of dehydration and insufficient exercise.
To prevent constipation while traveling, I recommend that...
...parents do the best they can to maintain their child's usual eating, nap and bed times and to be sure that their child drinks extra fluids and gets plenty of exercise.
As I say in my book, The Ins and Outs of Poop, our GI tract "likes" exercise: exercise helps us poop. So, if driving a long distance, make frequent stops to let your child walk or run around a bit before sitting on the potty. If you're in an airplane, use the times when the food and beverage carts are not in the way to walk your child up and down the aisle a few times.
PS. All of these recommendations for avoiding constipation apply to adults as well!