Water. It’s an essential part of hiking, especially in Phoenix. Every year, (typically in the summer) hikers can be affected by dehydration. In fact, in some cases dehydration has caused deaths while out on the mountain. For this reason, it’s always important to hike with water, regardless of the temperature outside.
Besides just having water on you there are other ways you can assure you are fully hydrating while out on the hiking trails.
The first tip is to drink a lot of water the day before the hike. This will ensure that you wake up on the actual hiking day being fully hydrated.
Throughout your hike, drink little sips of water every now and then. Even if you are not feeling thirsty. Because once your feel thirsty, that’s the first sign of dehydration.
Another suggestion is to turn around and head back, once your water is halfway gone. This will ensure that you will not run out of water while out on the trail.
A lot of out of town hikers are unaware that the dry heat in Arizona, is evaporating their sweat immediately. Therefore, as you are hiking moisture is literally vanishing from you. That’s why these hydration tips are so important to be aware of and to practice.