Getting dehydrated can turn a pleasant hike into a nasty struggle to keep on moving. This is especially true when the weather has a combination of heat and humidity can sap the water out of your body easily through sweating. After running out of supply of drinking water and then lacking sources of it in your surroundings, you may risk extreme fatigue, fainting, or even a medical emergency. Stay hydrated, reach the end of the trail, and retire happily at night with these tips.
Don’t Underestimate the Amount of Drinking Water You Should Carry
If you expect hot and humid weather on your upcoming trek, consider bringing an extra bottle of water. You may also upsize the container, choosing 2 liters instead of just 1 liter.
Having excess drinking water is better than running out of it. Your surroundings might lack bodies of water that provide relief for thirst with weakness. Even if there are creeks, rivers, or ponds, they might be brackish with water that is unsafe to drink. Your group may also lack the means to boil or filter water on the spot. Furthermore, it can be embarrassing to ask for water from your companions while everyone’s supply is diminishing. Avoid these scenarios by doing research on the place where you plan to trek, particularly about weather conditions and water sources. Then you can determine the sufficient amount of beverage to carry.
Stay Energetic Through Electrolyte-Rich Drinks
Plain water helps in quenching thirst but may not be enough to keep your legs moving. Sweating drains more than just fluid from the body. It also takes away electrolytes, minerals that facilitate cell function and physical activity. The weariness you feel during a hike under scorching heat comes from losing electrolytes. Replenish them by bringing energy drinks to your excursion. Sold in supermarkets are beverages specifically made not only for sports but also for intense outdoor activities. It is advisable to choose brands that do not have too much sugar or caffeine. You may also seek alternatives such as chocolate milk, coconut juice, or even your own homemade recipe after some careful research.
Wear the Ideal Attire for Hot Weather
Going on a trek in the right clothes can minimize the risk of getting dehydrated. Your clothing, particularly for the upper body, should allow air to circulate over skin and prevent overheating that in turn results in more sweat. A loose-fitting shirt would do. Prefer light-colored clothes as dark-colored ones absorb sunlight more readily, which is then converted into uncomfortable heat. Also wear clothing made of lightweight fabric such as cotton and rayon.
Make the Most Out of the Shade
Why expose yourself under the full strength of the sun’s heat whereas you can stay cool in the shady portions of the trail? The tree canopy and tall rock formations provide shade. Keep sheltered from the sun for as long as the terrain allows you to.