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Hydration During Hiking Season

March 29, 2024 2 min read

If the spring hiking season is beckoning to you, you aren’t alone! Hikers everywhere are dusting off their boots and preparing to hit the trails. But, before you embark on your outdoor adventures, it's important to make sure you are prepared to prioritize hydration and sustainable practices this season for the safest and most enjoyable experiences. 

Hydration Advice for Hikers:

Drink Early and Often: Start hydrating well before your hike begins and continue to sip water regularly throughout your trek. Aim to drink at least 16-20 ounces of water 2-3 hours before hitting the trail, and carry an adequate supply of water to stay hydrated during your hike. We suggest adding a Sleeve to your HydroJug so you can carry your water hands free.

Pack Electrolyte Replacements:During prolonged hikes or hot weather conditions, you may lose electrolytes through sweat. Consider bringing electrolyte replacement tablets or snacks to replenish lost nutrients and maintain proper hydration levels.

Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to your body's thirst cues and drink water whenever you feel thirsty. Additionally, be mindful of signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness, or headache, and take prompt action to rehydrate.

Sustainable Hiking Practices:

Carry a Reusable Water Bottle: Opt for a durable and lightweight reusable water bottle to stay hydrated on the trail. By choosing a reusable option instead of single-use plastics, you can minimize waste and reduce your environmental footprint. HydroJug offers bottles ranging from 24-128 oz to fit your preferences while hiking.

Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment while hiking. Pack out all trash, including food wrappers and water bottles, and dispose of waste properly. Leave natural spaces as you found them to preserve their beauty for future generations.

Refill Responsibly: When refilling your water bottle on the trail, be mindful of water sources and potential contaminants. Use a water filter or purification tablets to treat water from streams or lakes before drinking to ensure it's safe for consumption.

By following hydration advice, carrying reusable water bottles, and practicing Leave No Trace principles, you can make the most of hiking season while treading lightly on the Earth. So, grab your gear, embrace the great outdoors, and embark on some epic adventures this year.