Summer is coming, and with it comes the heat. If you plan to hike in the summer months, be prepared.
The first thing that you need to do is find out when the best times are to hike in your area. One of my favorite websites for this is All Trails, which has a great interactive map that allows users to see when people have hiked trails around them in the past (and how many). This can help you determine if there are any popular trails that are not worth attempting during certain times of year.
The second thing to consider is how much water you will need while hiking in hot weathers. It is recommended that you bring at least one gallon of water per person per day, but if it's really hot out, then don't be afraid to carry more than that!
In addition to water and sunscreen, there are some other things that we recommend bringing when hiking in hot weathers:
The most important piece of gear for hiking in hot weather is sun protection. This includes sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Look for a hat with a wide brim to provide maximum shade for your face and neck.
Choose lightweight and breathable clothing that is moisture-wicking and quick-drying. Avoid cotton as it absorbs sweat and can make you feel clammy and uncomfortable. Instead, opt for synthetic or wool fabrics that will keep you cool and dry.
Staying hydrated is crucial when hiking in hot weather. Bring a hydration system like a hydration bladder or water bottle with a filter. Make sure to drink water frequently, even if you don't feel thirsty. Make sure you bring enough water to stay hydrated. How much water is enough? Check out our article "How Much Water Should I Bring Hiking In Hot Days?"
4.Hiking Shoes or Sandals
Choose shoes or sandals that are breathable and have good traction. Hiking shoes should be lightweight and have good ventilation to keep your feet cool. Sandals should have good support and be made of quick-drying materials.
Insect bites can be annoying and potentially dangerous, so be sure to bring insect repellent. Look for a repellent that contains DEET or another effective ingredient.
Trekking poles can help take some of the pressure off your legs and feet, making hiking in hot weather more comfortable. They also help with balance on uneven terrain.
7.First Aid Kit
A basic first aid kit is essential for any hike, but especially in hot weather when dehydration and heat exhaustion are a risk. Make sure to include electrolyte tablets, blister treatments, and pain relief medication.
Bring lightweight and nutrient-dense snacks like trail mix, energy bars, or fresh fruit to keep your energy levels up. Avoid sugary snacks as they can cause a sugar crash.
In conclusion, hiking in hot weather requires a specific set of gear to stay comfortable and safe on the trail. Sun protection, breathable clothing, hydration systems, and insect repellent are all essential pieces of gear to bring on a hot weather hike. Don't forget to pack a first aid kit, trekking poles, and snacks to ensure a successful and enjoyable hike.