According to a survey conducted in 2018, about 80 percent of people say that they don’t believe they’re taking in the right amount of water day in and day out.
This can be harmful to people’s health on a regular day. But it can especially harmful on a day when they’re planning to be outside hiking or taking part in another outdoor activity.
People can put themselves in a very dangerous position by not giving their bodies access to enough water.
Fortunately, there are hydration tips that can help hikers and other adventure-seekers steer clear of putting themselves into harm’s way. There are also water bottles that can make it easy for people to drink water at every turn during a hike.
Here are ten hydration tips (and products!) that’ll ensure your next adventure is a success.
1. Drink Plenty of Water the Day Before Your Adventure
As we just mentioned, the majority of Americans admit to being dehydrated to some degree almost every day. Some studies have even suggested that up to 75 percent of people may be “chronically dehydrated.”
This means that most people are going to have trouble hydrating their bodies in the hours leading up to a hike or another adventure. They have to start drinking a lot of water at least 24 hours in advance of their adventure to make sure they’re hydrated enough during it.
If you suspect that you might fall into this category, get yourself a Gradient 25 Oz. Aluminum Sports Bottle and fill it with water on the day before your adventure. Sip on it throughout the day and refill it whenever it gets empty. Set an alarm on your phone if you have to in order to remind yourself that it’s time to drink more water.
By taking this approach, you’ll gradually hydrate your body as opposed to flooding it with water right before your hike. It’ll increase your chances of staying hydrated while you’re enjoying the great outdoors.
2. Avoid Foods and Beverages That Might Dehydrate You
Drinking plenty of water on the day prior to an outdoor adventure will raise your hydration to a safe level. But you will need to worry about counteracting it by eating the wrong foods and drinking the wrong beverages.
There is a long list of foods and beverages that can dehydrate your body if you’re not careful. This list includes:
- Cured meats
- Sugary fruit drinks
- Fried foods
- And basically, anything with too much salt in it!
You can drink all the water you want. But if you eat and drink anything on this list, it won’t matter. These things will drag your hydration levels back down and force you to fill up a Gripper 25 Oz. Aluminum Sports Bottle with even more water.
Instead of loading up on the foods and beverages found here, stick with lots of fruits and vegetables and water. They’ll do your body good when you’re on your adventure and keep your energy levels high.
3. Invest in a High-Quality Reusable Water Bottle
The average American runs through almost 170 plastic water bottles over the course of a year. As a result, experts predict that 12 billion metric tons of plastic are going to end up in landfills within the next 30 years.
By purchasing a high-quality reusable water bottle for your hikes and adventures, you can do your part to stop so much plastic from finding a way into landfills. You can also make sure you’re hydrated enough when you’re out in the wilderness.
Many regular-size water bottles only hold somewhere between 12 and 16 ounces of water. But a reusable water bottle like the Hardy 30 Oz. Tritan Sports Bottle can hold about twice that amount and provide you with easy access to water whenever you want it.
4. Start Sipping on Water Early in the Day
If you’re going to go through the trouble of loading up on water the day before an adventure, why not ride the wave of momentum as soon as you wake up on the morning of it?
From the moment you jump out of bed and start getting ready for your hike, you should have a water bottle by your side. You don’t necessarily need to gulp down a gallon of it. But if you can drink your way through a Canyonlands 38 Oz. Tritan First Aid Bottle Kit once or twice, you’ll build on the foundation you set down the previous day.
The absolute last thing you want to do is wait until the last minute to start the hydration process. You’re not going to give your body enough time to process and store water if you don’t start drinking it until an hour or two before your hike.
5. Stay Out of the Sun If You Can
By the time you reach this point, your body should be prepared for your adventure, at least as far as your hydration levels are concerned. You should have more than enough water in your system, and it’ll be time to start your hike.
But from the second you start your hike, you should be cognizant of the fact that you’re going to be fighting to stay hydrated. You should continue to keep something like the Canyonlands 38 Oz. Tritan Trail Bottle close by so that you can sip on it every now and then.
You should also take some other precautions to avoid dehydration. One of them is staying out of the sun, if at all possible.
The sun can send harmful UV rays down in your direction that can cause sunburn, which is one reason to try to avoid exposing yourself to too much of it. But it can also dehydrate you if you spend hours on end out in it.
Hiking around in the sun can, first and foremost, cause you to sweat. This can rob your body of the water that it needs.
The sun can also make your skin very dry, which will, again, take away some of the water that it needs. And it’ll increase your body temperature and dehydrate you in that way, too.
Bottom line: There isn’t a whole lot of good that’s going to come out of you being in the sun for more than a few minutes! So do your best to stay out of it for as much of the day as you can.
6. Try Not to Work Up Too Much of a Sweat
The sun isn’t the only thing that will cause your body to sweat and have an impact on your hydration levels. You’re also going to sweat a lot if you push yourself too hard while you’re hiking around.
It’s going to be just about impossible for you to prevent yourself from sweating altogether. But there are some things that you can do to limit how much you sweat during your adventure.
- Maintain a slow and steady pace while you hike
- Take regular breaks throughout your hike
- Wear light, moisture-wicking clothing to keep your body cool
You can also get into the habit of replacing any water that you do sweat out with water from a High Sierra 24 Oz. Aluminum Bottle. Generally speaking, you should drink about one quart of water for every hour that you spend hiking in warmer weather.
With this in mind, you may want to map out your day ahead of time and toss one or even two extra water bottles into your hiking bag. This will prevent you from running out of water when you’re out on your adventure.
7. Check to See What Color Your Urine Is
When you’re drinking as much water as you’re going to be drinking during your adventure, you will have to stop to urinate at least several times. When you do, pay close attention to what color your urine is.
Your urine can tell you almost everything you need to know about your hydration levels. So don’t pass up on the opportunity to see where you stand hydration-wise every time you stop to pee.
If your urine is clear or a very light yellow color, it means that you’re hydrated enough. If it’s a slightly darker shade of yellow, it means that you’re a little bit dehydrated and trending in the wrong direction. And if it’s a dark yellow or even orange color, you’re in the danger zone.
You can stop your urine from going from clear to yellow to orange by sipping from a Metro 26 Oz. Tritan Water Bottle all throughout your next hike. You’ll see nothing but clear urine almost every time you pee when this is the case.
8. Keep an Eye Out for Other Signs of Dehydration
Dark yellow or orange urine is far from the only sign of dehydration. There are a number of other things that you’ll see when you aren’t taking in enough water from a reusable water bottle like the Cosmic Campground 27 Oz. Tritan Cob Lantern Bottle.
Here are some of the other symptoms that you may notice when dehydration starts to rear its ugly head:
- Increased heart rate
- Excessive fatigue
- Muscle weakness
- Dry mouth
- Dry skin
If you feel like you might fall over at any time or if your mouth feels as dry as the Sahara Desert, there is a very good chance that dehydration is having its way with you. You’ll need to up your water intake immediately or turn around and call it a day.
9. Incorporate a Sports Drink or Two Into the Mix
Water is arguably the most amazing substance on the planet. It has the unique ability to affect just about every aspect of your body. It can:
- Lubricate your joints
- Make your skin look healthier
- Regulate your body temperature
- Remove waste from your body
- Help you maintain a healthy blood pressure
It can also obviously keep you hydrated. It’s why we’ve been stressing to you over and over again how essential it is to keep something like the Ozzy 25 Oz. BPA-Free Tritan Audio Bottle filled with it.
But if you’re really pushing yourself to the limit during a hike, it doesn’t hurt to also have a beverage loaded with electrolytes and potassium in your bag. Most sports drinks have the electrolytes and potassium your body needs.
You might want to bring some foods that are rich in potassium along with you, too. They’ll work with the water and the sports drinks to rehydrate your body.
Some good potassium-rich foods for your hike are:
You should keep some of these foods at home for after your hike, as well. They’ll help you to recover from your long day outside.
10. Stop Hiking If Dehydration Takes a Toll on You
As long as you follow all the hydration tips that we’ve mentioned, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about dehydration. By relying on an Odyssey 25 Oz. Tritan Water Bottle, you can put more than enough water into your body and keep your hydration levels high.
But there is always a small chance that you could suffer from dehydration during any adventure, depending on how warm it is outside and what challenges you face while you hike.
You should stop hiking immediately if dehydration is taking a big toll on you. If you don’t, you could subject yourself to serious health complications like:
- Kidney failure
- Muscle breakdown
Staying hydrated should keep these problems at bay. But if you happen to notice any of the more serious symptoms of dehydration taking hold, seek medical attention. It’ll prevent your adventure from turning into a total disaster.
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