is probably the best time for hiking, but at the same time, you can
often feel like it’s the worst possible time to go outside.
clear skies and long, fresh daylight hours attract most hikers but these
skies and long days can bake you in the heat. When the temperature
rises, it gets tough to keep yourself motivated and calm.
You can still enjoy the beautiful outdoors in the same hot weather. You just need to take few precautions before heading out.
Don’t let the weather stop you from making some beautiful memories.
Here are few tips for hiking in hot weather that you should know before heading out.
1. Check Weather
just assume that you’d be fine on the trail. Hot weather comes with a
lot of risks. It is important to check the weather forecast before
planning a trip.
Humidity can be a sign of rainfall. Be prepared in advance.
are also much more likely to occur when it’s hot. Keep yourself safe in
all situations. So, check the weather before going out.
2. Start Early or Finish Late
good way to avoid heat is to start your trip early in the morning or in
the late afternoon or evening. Skip the midday heat, don’t hike between
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hike during the coolest time of day. Be an Early Bird
or a Night Owl.
3. Choose Your Trail Wisely
Hiking in a
shady forest is different from on an uncovered mountain pass. So, it’s
important to choose your trail wisely. Your trail should include shady
sections where you can rest for few minutes.
Try to find a trail that runs along running water/river.
You can get drinking water easily
You’ll be able to refresh yourself and cool down.
A trail at a lower height is preferred if the weather is going to be
hot because a higher trail offers a lower amount of oxygen and stronger
4. Light Apparel
In hot weather hiking, try to
wear synthetic clothes as you’ll definitely sweat a lot and
moisture-wicking clothes can prevent irritation.
It is better that
you wear long sleeve shirts, hiking pants, and fine quality boots. The
more of your body you can shield from the sun, the happier you’ll be.
boots should be made up of breathable fabric so wet feet won’t
represent a problem during your hike. Your clothes should be in
loose-fitting as it will allow for better airflow, which keeps you
5. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Staying hydrated is the
key to every successful outdoor adventure. This is particularly
essential when you’re hiking in hot weather.
Your body loses about
one liter of water per hour on a regular hike. A challenging outing in
hot weather can double that amount. Make sure you replenish, otherwise
you’ll get dehydrated during a hike in hot weather.
6. Eat Salty Snacks
hot weather hike will result in copious sweating. As water is essential
to restore your body fluid levels, it’s equally important to restock
the electrolytes lost through sweat. The most important ones are
potassium and sodium. They play a major role in managing your energy
Make sure to bring plenty of snacks that have complex
carbs. Don’t go for simple carbs like sugary drinks and candy. You can
have energy bars or fruit as they are great sources of complex carbs.
7. Take Regular Breaks
hiking in hot weather is near to impossible. Your tired body needs few
minutes to relax. Regular breaks also allow your body to cool down and
sweat to evaporate.
Put your backpack down, lay down, and give
your body some much-needed rest. Drink water and have some snacks to
restock your energy that will keep you going for the next few hours.
You may also want to take off your hiking boots and airing your feet and sweaty socks.
8. Be Aware of Heat Stroke
aware of the symptoms of heat stroke. Listen to your body and it will
tell you when you can push yourself and when it’s time to coast. Eat
when you’re hungry, rest when you’re feeling tired.
Common signs of heat stroke
Disorientation or confusion
Lack of sweating, despite hot temperatures
If you feel any of the above-mentioned symptoms, immediately find shade and try to cool down as soon as possible.
9. Protect Your Skin
In such a hot weather, it is important that you take care of your skin.
Sunburns can damage your skin
They also affect body’s ability to cool itself, thus increasing risks of dehydration.
Apply a sunscreen with an SPF 30+, 30 minutes before heading out. Put it underneath your clothes as well.
Wear a hat or head covering to ensure that your head and neck area
does not get too hot. Apply plenty of sunscreen and UV-blocking
“Better safe than sorry” is always a good motto to live by.
carry a cell phone and let others know where you will be hiking. In
case you run into trouble for any reason you’ll be able to make a call
for immediate help. So, don’t just sit back thinking how hot the weather
will be. Plan, prepare well, and head out!