Water is about the essential resource when you are planning a hiking trip. If you have enough water, you are probably going to get through the ‘toughest part’ of the journey. I will be sharing some essential tips for water management to help you get through every hiking experience without getting stranded.
Hiking has become a favorite activity for so many people; this is not surprising because hiking is an amazing experience. I always look forward to my next hiking trip even when it is a path or trail I have passed before. Regardless of the trail or hiking plan, every new trip brings a different experience.
I can write a movie script from my hiking experiences, to give you an idea of how much fun I am having. Don’t get the wrong idea, there are other hiking items you need to pack along for the trip, but this post will be particularly about water management.
Permit me to state that you may also pack energy drinks and your favorite sodas but please avoid taking any alcohol along. After all, you will need to stay properly hydrated, and alcohol can make you feel dehydrated sooner. Also, if you are hiking during the hot weather, please know that alcohol and the heat do not go well. So stick with water.
Here are my tips for managing water when you go hiking
Start with a good plan
You need to plan for your hiking trip. This is not a difficult task at all; you can spend as little as thirty minutes every planning for your hiking trip about seven days before your chosen date. Your plans should include finding information about the path or trail you have chosen to explore, and determining the time it will take to complete the hike through the path.
You should also note any potential disruptive events that may slow down your hike or cause delays. For example, if you are hiking through a path that is used by a herd or other wild animals, you may need to wait for a while until the animals have moved away before you continue your hike.
Pack water for two
You can never be too careful, in the event of the unexpected, you should have extra water. It is a good idea to pack enough water for two people if you are hiking alone. If you are hiking in a group, every member should have enough water for two people.
Replenishing water reserves
You should also note areas along your hiking path where you can replenish water reserves. It is a good idea to not the distance in between these places, so you can manage water without exhausting your supply.
You can also pack portable water treatment sets if there are streams or rivers along the trail. If necessary, you may need to treat water from these natural sources for consumption quickly.
Drink water only when necessary
You should drink water when you feel weak, dizzy, or fatigued. You can also drink some water after urinating. However, avoid drinking too much water quickly as this can reduce your reserve.
In conclusion, don’t forget to pack some fruits such as bananas, and oranges, these fruits help replenish your electrolytes throughout the hiking adventure. – Tyler Grasham