Staying Hydrated While Hiking

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Staying hydrated during a hike is one of those things that can kind of bite you in the butt if you’re not paying attention to it.  Nothing will be bring down the fittest of people like dehydration except for, maybe, the loss of a limb.  It doesn’t matter when you’re hiking (summer or fall), the temperature (hot or cold), night or day, sea level or a mountain…you need to stay hydrate in order to stay safe. Hiking is supposed to be one of those fit hobbies…let’s make sure that more than our sense of adventure is quenched when we go hiking.

Let’s start out with some Basic Tips on Hiking Hydration

Know

Do your research before you go out.  One of the biggest mistakes made by hikers, experienced and novice, is not being adequately prepared with enough water to stay hydrated during a hike.  (The other mistake is that they are dehydrated before they even star the hike and figure that the 3 liter Camelbak that they have on back is going to throw enough fluids and electrolytes into their body to get them through.  Wrong answer.

Study maps and know your routes before hitting the trail.  Know where good rest areas will be to rest, hydrate, and eat.  Get in touch with local hiking experts and read websites that talk about the route.

Amount of Water

The amount of water you should drink during a hike is going to come down to three major factors:  Need, Climate, and Level of Exertion.

Some people are just more apt to dehydrate and become a victim of hot weather injuries. In the Army, those who have had a hot or cold weather injury in the past are monitored more strictly from then on out because history shows that they are most likely to become susceptible again.

Hot climates and higher-altitude hikes require more water, so go for about 1 liter per hour.  The reason why high alt hikes need more water is because the is generally drier and thinner both characteristics that lead to faster dehydration.  Exertion is pretty self-explanatory:  The harder you and your body work then the more water and energy it uses through respiration and perspiration.

Your level of exertion will vary.  No two hikers are the same and no two hikers will sweat, use the same energy, breathe the same, etc.  Trust your experience when it comes to whether you need 4 liters in an 8 period, 8 liters, or 3.  Always start hikes properly hydrated so that your hydration needs stay relatively consistent.

Best Practices

Don’t wait until your thirsty before you start drinking water.  Like we’ve stated many times already:  Always do your best to start a hike well hydrated.  Remember:  If you’re thirsty then you’re most likely already dehydrated and you’ll be playing catch up in a game that you may not win.  That’s dangerous.

Maintain a level of shade. It may seem like common sense but just in case:  Shade keeps you cooler because it keeps the sun off of you.  Rest in shaded areas.  Wear brimmed hats. Anything that you may be able to do to keep the sun off you for the maximum amount of time possible while actually being out in the sun.

Keeping Track of Kids While Camping

YS67SQWRRAControl, when it comes to safety for children, is a very good thing. It means that in threatening situations, whatever they may be, the child can control their fear and their responses. When taught the appropriate behaviors to situations, even the smallest of children can do this easily and effortlessly, without thinking about it. Their natural instincts can kick in and they can exit the threats without much conscious effort.

There is no doubt that teaching your children about child safety is crucial. You always want your entire family, as well as yourself, to feel safe both inside and outside the home. You teach them not to answer for strangers, never stray from school, and how to call for help. You teach your children so much at home, but what values are they learning at school? As a parent, you have to be actively involved in his school and find out what is being taught, or what isn’t being taught.

Schools should always invest in child safety programs, for every age too. As children mature, different problems are going to arise. Pretty soon your child will be walking home from school alone or hanging out with friends without any parental supervision. The safety program they participated in when they were eight is not going to do as much good when they’re fifteen and involved in entirely different and new scenarios. You need age-appropriate safety programs that kids can feel are relevant to their lives.

Schools should be choosing engaging programs that can get a serious point across without forgetting that the program should still be fun and interesting. The most difficult part is finding a speaker who can relate to the children. Most teenagers feel as though adults have some “warped” sense of what their life is like and they don’t feel like adults truly understand where they are coming from. This is why you have to look for top rated child safety programs that have been shown to be effective. Find speakers that are both entertaining and informative.

Child safety programs should also be accurate. There is only so much information a child, or even an adult for that matter, can digest. You want the information to be fully absorbed, and that is not likely to happen if you jump from topic to topic. Have one program about bullying, one program about drugs and alcohol, etc. -just one program at a time that children can be immersed in. But after the presentation is over, and all is said and done, are these values and lessons being continually taught and practiced? The ideas need to be always brought up during regular curriculum to ensure that the experience is still in your child’s head.

And as mentioned previously, it is also your job as a parent to teach these lessons at home. Involved parents will know more about what’s going on in their children’s lives and can do a much better job at keeping them safe.When your child has a good idea of the distance, teach them to stand whenever someone they don’t know, a stranger, comes close to that fifteen feet. It is a simple exercise like standing. There is no emotion of fear attached to it. It is a simple “stand” that they can do while still playing.