How to stay hydrated when camping
How to stay hydrated when camping. It’s super important to always keep this in mind when camping and partaking in any outdoor activity, especially in this heat. Water is vital for life sustenance and physically demanding activities such as Camping, Hiking, Backpacking and other outdoor activities can quickly deplete your body’s water resource. This can lead to dehydration which a lot of people don’t take seriously and it’s very dangerous. Dehydration can cause heart palpitations, fatigue, dizziness, confusion and is life threatening.
To prevent this you need to replenish your body’s water content so in this article we’re going to provide a few handy tips.
HOW TO STAY HYDRATED WHEN CAMPING!
Always have water handy! Make sure you a prepared when going camping or hiking and create a checklist with all the essentials required for you and your family or friends. Take some time to study what is available at the camping grounds and always be prepared. Always bring more than enough. There are plenty of options at your local supermarkets for bulk water so go nuts!
Sip water throughout the day! Keep sipping enough water throughout the day to maintain optimal fluid levels in your body and avoid getting dehydrated. Feeling thirsty is an indication that you are low on fluids and are dehydrated. If you are going for a hike drink water before your start your walk and then after reaching your destination. Whilst enjoying your walk have a sip of water every 100 feet (30m) or so.
Snack on fruits and hydrating foods when hiking! Many fruits are a great source of both electrolytes and fluids. Bananas and dates are known for having high levels of the electrolyte potassium making them great for intense workouts like a long run. However, you still can’t go passed water… Fruit contains some water, but not as much as your water bottle.
Pinch Yourself! Skin turgor is the skin’s ability to change shape and return to normal (elasticity), is an easy way to check your hydration. Please note that this isn’t 100% reliable for everyone though. Use your pointer finger and thumb and simply pinch the skin on the back of your hand (be gentle though) and hold for a few seconds. When you let go, if the skin takes a while to return to its normal position, you may be dehydrated.
Dry Mouth and feeling dizzy? These are both common signs that you are dehydrated. Tone it down a notch and don’t be stubborn and push through. Stop, and hydrate! When there’s not enough water in the blood, both blood volume and blood pressure drop, resulting in dizziness. Don’t risk it!
Carry a portable water bottle! We believe our ECO VESSEL insulated water bottles are the perfect way to stay hydrated when camping and hiking. It keeps your drinks icy cold and you can even infuse some fruits with out strainers.
Carry some electrolytes around! You can easily mix in some electrolyte powders in your Eco Vessel and sip them if you happen to experience symptoms of dehydration which can be fatal if not action-ed as soon as possible. The following are the symptoms of dehydration.
- Decreased urine output
- Dry and sticky mouth
- Dizziness or lightheadedness and confusion
When you experience any of the above take a rest and cool your self down in the shade with plenty of fluids. Mild dehydration is quite easy to monitor but if you’re feeling exhausted, seek medical attention! Outdoor activities can be fun and a great way to exercise and get in touch with nature but they do have their health hazards. This shouldn’t stop you! Juts be prepared to ensure a safe and exciting trip!