Getting Outdoors When It’s Hot Outside

For many people there’s a direct decrease in desire to head outdoors with an increase in temperature. The hotter it is, the harder it is to get them to go for a hike or pull on their rock climbing shoes. Of course, if you only get outside when the weather is ideal and temperatures are perfect, you will end up spending a lot of time indoors. Here are a few tips for getting outdoors when it’s hot outside. Put them to good use this summer!

Put on your traveling shoes

Go ahead and put those vacation days to good use! Head to colder climates, or up to higher altitudes to go camping, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, and escape the heat.

Stick to the water

Some people can’t handle backpacking in the heat, and that’s OK. Head to the water for some activities that keep you cool even if it’s hot outside. Go swimming or paddling, or do something low-intensity – like fishing – and take a dip afterwards.

Travel lighter

You need fewer things in hot weather than you need in cold weather. Plus, the more you carry, the harder you work, and the hotter you get. Travel fast and light, and carry only the essentials.

Bring plenty of water

Pack all the water you think you need… and then pack some more. You always need more water to stay hydrated in hot weather, especially if you’re being active, so bring extra water. Better yet, bring a portable water filter or water purifier to ensure that you don’t run out.

Replenish electrolytes

As important as it is to stay hydrated, you can’t just drink water. When you sweat your body loses fluids, but you also lose sodium, chloride, potassium, and other electrolytes. You must drink water to stay hydrated, and you also need to replenish electrolytes to prevent water intoxication, or water poisoning.

Sun safety

Wear hats, sunglasses, UPF clothing, sunscreen, etc. to keep your skin safe from harmful UV radiation.

Consider cotton

Wearing cotton is a big no-no in cold weather, but in extreme heat, cotton can actually help keep your body cool. Just be sure to remove wet cotton clothing before the temperature drops.

Get the timing right

Head outdoors early in the morning or later in the evening when it’s relatively cool. Try and avoid the peak hours of sunlight when the sun is at it’s highest and hottest.

Go slow

Set a leisurely pace, stop and rest whenever needed, and take breaks in the shade. Dehydration and heat exhaustion when you’re out in the wilderness can be fatal. Be smart and take it easy.

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