On the Phoenix trails, hiking and water go together like peanut butter and jelly. Especially in the scorching summer heat.
Not to sound too dramatic but it really is a matter of life and death.
It seems that every summer, you hear about some poor hiker who has to be rescued off the mountain due to dehydration. And since those 100 degree temperatures are almost here, I thought it would be important to share some hydration tips.
Drink More Water Than you Usually Do
Regardless whether you are being physically active or not, the recommended average amount of water you should drink is 64 ounces. During the summer time, drink more than this on a daily basis. This ensures that any moisture you sweat out during your normal daily activities is being replaced. (During the summer, we can be sweating and not know it…it evaporates instantly from our body from the heat)
Drink Water the Night Before
If you are planning on hiking on a certain date, then make sure you drink more water the day before the hike. This will ensure that you are waking up at a maxiumum hydration level to begin your day with.
Bring Extra Water
Even if you are at maximum hydration level, please bring extra water with you on your hike. I know, it can be a pain, due to carrying around the extra weight…but it seriously can save yours or another person’s life.
Stay Away from Caffeine
Did you know that caffeinated drinks, such as tea and coffee can actually dehydrate you? Granted, your morning coffee, isn’t going to affect your hydration levels all that much…but if you drink a lot of coffee or plan on an energy drink before a hike…you may just want to opt out for water or a sports drink instead.
Take Sips Even When You’re Not Thirsty
The first sign of dehydration is the feeling of thirst. So if you start to feel thirsty…then you’re already dehydrated. So, make sure to just takes sips of water every now and then, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
If you follow these tips, chances are you will not be the one being rescued on the mountain this summer! So be sure to pass this knowledge on and hopefully we don’t hear of any dehydrated incidents this summer.
Not a fan of the water? No problem. Check out our fun blog about Water Substitutes.