September 07, 2021
If you enjoy spending time outdoors, you likely know the importance of keeping plenty of drinking water on hand, particularly in warm weather. But when you hit the trail for a long hike, having enough water isn’t just a matter of convenience…it is critical in preventing dehydration.
Dehydration happens when your body is releasing more fluid than it is taking in. This in turn, makes hikers more susceptible to heat related illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion. To help you avoid an unpleasant—and potentially deadly—hike, we’ve gathered 6 tips to keep in mind when hitting the trail to avoid dehydration.
Many people grossly underestimate the amount of water they need to consume to avoid dehydration. A general rule of thumb is to drink 1 liter of water every two hours while hiking, but the amount goes up if you are hiking in high temperatures, during the sunniest part of the day, or up and down rugged terrain.
If you have a long hike planned in the morning, avoid alcoholic beverages the night before. Alcohol dehydrates your body, meaning you’ll be starting your hike in a hydration deficit and that’s never a good thing. And we hope it goes without saying that margaritas (or any other boozy beverage) do not count as fluids during your hike. Do your liver a favor and save the cocktails for after your hike is over.
Many hikers think they should wait to start drinking until they feel thirsty…not so! By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already slightly dehydrated, so plan to drink 1-2 cups of water before hitting the trail.
Taking frequent sips of water while hiking will keep you better hydrated than chugging large amounts all at once. Try to take a few drinks every 15 – 20 minutes.
Experienced hikers know the mid-day hours, when the sun is at its’ highest and hottest, are particularly draining. Start your hike early and plan to stop for a break or sight-seeing detour during mid-day (10am – 4pm) then finish up in the late afternoon.
We know to drink water regularly when the sun is shining and the temps are warm, but many hikers forget to drink when the weather is cool and/or cloudy. Dehydration can happen while on winter hikes, so keep sipping frequently and make sure you’re getting in your minimum water requirements. And don’t forget to up your intake if your cool-weather hike is particularly challenging.
Any time you’re out in the elements, you should be mindful of the symptoms of dehydration which include:
With a little prep and forethought before a long hike, you can ensure that you and your hiking buddies are well prepared and stay fully hydrated while on the trail.
Here’s to safe and smart hiking!
National Parks Service
American Hiking Society
North Country Trail Assoc
September 22, 2021
Many of us enjoy packing up and camping in the great outdoors, but the idea of bringing the entire family along can sometimes feel intimidating.
The truth is camping is an excellent recreational activity—and kids aren’t the only ones who benefit from it. We’ve gathered 5 ways camping with the fam can forge deep, meaningful bonds…and who doesn’t want that?
August 22, 2021
We all dream of the perfect camping experience—gathering around a crackling campfire, relaxing under a clear, star-filled sky as guitar music…and, perhaps, a ghost story or two…fill the air.
Rarely does our imagining of the dream camping excursion include a rain shower.
August 06, 2021
We don’t understand the alchemy behind it, but we believe with 100% certainty the following statement is true—
Everything just tastes better when cooked over a campfire.
And we do mean everything.
Regular, run-of-the-mill hotdogs are suddenly extraordinary.
That same biscuit recipe you cook at home, when used in a dutch oven? Spectacular.
And don’t even get us started on campfire coffee.