As a hiker or backpacker, if you don’t drink enough water during your trips, you’re bound to have a not-so-fun time while also jeopardizing your health.
How to Stay Hydrated on a Hike
Hydration is not something you should take lightly when going out on a hiking trip. It is essential for the body to be hydrated to function properly, especially when you are putting it through strenuous physical activity.
Do Your Homework
Like the well-known Boy Scout motto tells you, “Be prepared.” This is never going to be a bad idea. Make sure you do some research prior to your hike so you can plan a “hydration strategy.” The more you know, the better prepared you can be.
Three things affect how much water you’ll need: the level of intensity your hike will require, the climate, and your personal hydration needs. Clearly, the tougher the hike, the more water you’ll need because you’ll be losing lots of fluids through breath and sweat. Also, if you’re hiking in really hot or humid weather, your body will most likely need more water than if you’re hiking in cooler conditions, where you could drink half as much. However, it really all depends on you and what your body needs. No two bodies are the same, so listen to your body and do what suits you the best.
Drink Before You Dry Out
One of the most important things to keep in mind is to not wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Having a well-thought-out hydration plan and sticking to it can keep this from happening.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Shade is what you need. Of course, if you’re hiking out in the sun, you won’t have access to a shade all the time, but bring your own. A hat can definitely be a great ally in these situations. If you keep your body from overheating, you won’t need as much water.
Come Hike with Us Before the Summer’s Over
At Mile Hi Rafting, we’re eager to share the Colorado outdoors with you in these last days of summer, and why not take the adventure up a notch by going on an ATV or rafting tour? Let’s hang out before the summer ends. Make sure to bring the adventurer in you!