Hydration is important no matter what activity you are partaking in. Whether you are on a rugged backpacking trip or car camping, staying hydrated will make your experience a whole lot better!
Follow these tips to keep hydrated and energized during your favorite activities!
The question most people ask is how much water do I really have to drink? The answer is that everybody’s body is unique and requires different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Therefore, don’t compare or base the amount of water you drink off of a friend. Listen to your own body and fuel accordingly.
Am I Dehydrated?
The most common signs of dehydration are weakness, fatigue, dizziness, dry mouth, headaches, dark urine, or nausea. Hydrate properly to avoid these symptoms!
- Hydrate BEFORE you begin your adventure! It’s recommended to gradually hydrate over 2-3 hours prior to your trip.
- Take into consideration these 5 variables when deciding how much water you should drink: length of adventure, energy exerted, altitude, weather, and climate.
- Try to limit your caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, they dehydrate you.
- Have a sports drink or hydration mix that contains electrolytes and carbohydrates. When you sweat you lose more than just water. Electrolyte drinks allow you to replenish your diminished electrolytes such as salt, potassium, calcium, and chloride. *We have some of these in our next box (Sneak Peek below).
- Drink throughout your adventure not just at the end! A good measurement to go by is aiming to drink 32 oz of water per hour of your strenuous activity.
- Pack foods high in sodium, potassium, and water (E.g. bananas, watermelon, strawberries, celery, citrus fruits or juice) to eat and drink on the trail.
- Keep your water accessible so it’s easy to drink. Try sipping on your water throughout the journey instead of downing 60 oz of water at your final destination. This will help replenish your body and maintain your energy along the way. (See below for some gear that’ll help you do this!)
- Stay hydrated regardless of the weather. Yes, even on those cold, winter adventures! Try putting warm water in a thermal mug to heat up your body in addition to your water bladder if cold temperatures are a concern.
- Recover after your activity by rehydrating and resting.
SNEAK PEEK INTO THE MARCH BOX
Minaret Mtn Thermal Mug: A 12 ounces of a perfected spill-proof and insulated mug! It has a slow flow, so you don’t burn your mouth on that morning coffee. This mug keeps your drink hot for up to 12 hours, or cold up to 24 hours. This little mug can take on your big plans.
Bottle Bright: A natural, biodegradable, grime-fighting cleaning tablet. It cleans your bottles with no soap, sink, or scrubbing required. Fizz your way to clean!
HydraPak Stow 1L (Collapsible Water Bottle): A collapsible bottle that folds down, making it easy to hold and pocket. The spill-proof nozzle and bail handle for storage gives you the performance and convenience, all in one.
Mizu Straw Bundle: Contains a stainless steel straw and brush for cleaning. The straw is built with flexible silicone tips to ensure your lips don’t get too cold.
HydraLyte Powder Sticks: With 4x more electrolytes and ¼ of the sugar compared to the leading sports drinks, this will rehydrate you faster than ever, so you’re ready for your next adventure.