Hello, Summer! The heat is sizzling and your A/C is on. Whether you're in your car during a summer road-trip or in your home, you're trying to stay cool. However, you don't have to always hide from the heat. The outdoors is still welcoming you with open arms! Being prepared is key to avoid dehydration, sunburn, heat stroke and more. We put together a short list of tips for you to help you survive a hot weather hike this summer.
- Avoid hiking between 12PM-3PM - The sun's UV rays are the strongest during those hours. Earlier or later is best. Plus, the best time for that photo op! Catch the sunrise or the sunset - but don't forget your headlamp and bug spray! Insects are buzzing about more during those hours.
- Hike in shaded areas or wear a hat - Take cover! Literally - it can save your life. Find a shaded hike where there are plenty of tree cover; near a body of water like the ocean or lake is even better because it will be a bit cooler. If you choose a hike with minimal shade, a hat is your next best option.
- Carry a hydration backpack - Keep sipping! Our hydration packs are perfect for your hike, like the Ripcord Hydration Pack shown here! This pack can carry 2-liters of water and has 3.6L of storage for your valuables. It’s one of our fan favorites! Avoiding dehydration is key. If you are dehydrated, it means your body is losing more water than it's taking in. Make sure you drink plenty before you set foot on the trail too!
- Wear loose-fitted, lightly colored clothing - Moisture-wicking clothing is best! Wearing a shirt that has cool-tech built it will help you stay cool! Dark clothing will make the heat and sun feel much hotter than it really is outside! Keep your skin free from tight materials and you'll feel comfortable during your hike!
- Wear Merino Wool Socks - Don't forget your feet! Cotton socks aren't great for sweat. Merino wool is best for taking moisture away to keep your feel cool and dry during a hike. Even if they were to get wet - they dry faster than cotton and other synthetics. And, it's fibers take odor away. No more smelly feet!
So, don't let the heat lock you away this summer. There are blue skies, chirping birds, and a bright sun ready for you! Be prepared, grab your Outdoor Products hydration pack, and enjoy!
Instagram Fan Tip Submissions
"Never forget your electrolyte mix/tablets! They can literally save your life!" - @ebiekane
"Sunscreen, always tell somebody where you are going." - @extremejo21
"Sunscreen and snacks!" - @rockymountainroamers
Hike: Mobius Arch Trail (0.6 Mile Loop) in Lone Pine, CA (36.61353,-118.12593)
These photos were shot on Northern Paiute, Eastern Mono/Monache, and Newe indigenous lands.
Photography & Words by: Gina Danza (Product Content Manager)