Hiking Hydration Guides

Staying Hydrated

Dehydration is no joke at the best of times. And out in the wilds, the consequences of “running dry” could be grave. Not drinking enough water when exposed to the sun, wind, and sweating heavily can cause confusion, disorientation, and even incapacitation. As such, an adequate supply of H20 should be the first thing in your pack on every hike. 

Water can be carried using a water bottle or a water bladder. Water bottles are easier to fill up and harder to break, but are usually heavier and don’t allow for on-the-move hydration. A reliable water bladder, on the other hand, is more convenient to carry, lightweight, and allows you to hydrate without having to stop and open your pack. 

Hikers are advised to carry one liter of water for every two hours of hiking. That’s a lot of water and, if you’re on a longer hike, also a lot of weight…

Because schlepping 10 liters of water around is nobody’s idea of a good time, you should always be prepared to refill your water bottle/bladder from wild sources along your trail. 

Before heading off, check your map to identify streams, rivers, and creeks along your route. To avoid tummy troubles, always carry a water filter or purification tablets to make the water safe to drink after refilling. 

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