Follow these tips and tricks for ways to stay safe and comfortable on the trail.
1. Choose Your Hike Wisely
It may seem like common sense, but choosing where and when you take your hike is the first step to ensuring a safe hiking experience. Starting your hike early in the morning before the sun is at its zenith and choosing a shaded, forested hike will provide some cover from the suns rays and keep you from overheating. Besides, you’ll find that wildlife is more active in the morning when temperatures are cooler. Temperatures peak during the afternoon, so time your hike to ensure you avoid being in a strenuous part of your hike during at this time.
2. Stay Hydrated
Be sure to bring plenty of water with you on your hike and stop for regular breaks to keep hydrated. By the time you’re experiencing the sensation of thirst, your body is already dehydrating. Sipping water frequently will help avoid symptoms of dehydration. Avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks, which can contribute to dehydration.
3. Use a Mission Cooling Towel, Neck Gaiter, or Hat
Wearing a Mission Cooling Towel or Gaiter around your neck will provide instant, long-lasting cool and protect your neck from the sun. Wearing a Cooling Hat, especially a hat with a large brim like our Cooling Bucket Hat, will provide even more sun protection for your face and neck and create instant cooling relief that lasts all day.
4. Dress Properly
Wear loose, light clothing if you’re planning to spend a long time outdoors. Light colors don’t absorb heat as much as dark colors, so make sure to pack plenty of whites. The material of your clothing is also important. Lightweight cotton or linen will be more breathable. Or, choose moisture-wicking fabrics to keep yourself cool and dry.
5. Think Before You Eat
Digesting a big meal warms the body up, so eating smaller portions is another way to ensure you don’t overheat. Some fruits like melons and berries also have hydrating benefits so be sure to bring some along on your next hike.
6. Pace Yourself
The best way to avoid heat stroke is to take it easy on yourself. Don’t push yourself to go the extra mile during the hottest time of the year. Take plenty of breaks in the shade to rehydrate!