We all love being out and about in the sun. For us, the summer months mean we are fully able to enjoy some quality time out the trails. However, even when the weather is good is it still important to prepare as there could be unforeseen dangers when out on the trails in warm conditions. We have compiled some of our top tips for hiking in the summer so you’ll be able to get the most out of our day on the trails without falling victim to the heat.
BRING PLENTY OF WATER
When you are out on the trails in warm weather it is important to remember to bring plenty of water. Hiking in the heat makes you more vulnerable to dehydration as you’ll not only sweat due to activity but also because you are warm. According to the NHS, common symptoms of dehydration include:
- Dizziness or Light-Headedness
- Dry mouth, Lips or Mouth
- Passing small amounts of urine.
Making sure you have plenty of water and take small regular sips will help hydrate your body as well as give you much needed energy to continue on with your hike. Hydration packs are a great choice for short, day hikes where as water bottles are easy enough to fit into or attach onto your rucksack if you are planning longer excursions on the trail.
WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHING
Before you set off for a hike in warmer weather, it is important to bear in mind the type of clothing you are wearing. Hiking in the heat will lead to you perspiring more meaning it will come into contact with what you are wearing. Look out fabrics that feature Quick Dry or Duo Skin fibres as they are able to quickly wick away sweat to leave clothes feeling dry and fresh. Some fabrics even feature UV protection as well as mosquito repellent finishes, which will both prove more than useful when out in hot conditions.
You should also consider what accessories you are wearing as well. Hats and sunglasses are must-haves for when you are out in the sun as they will provide proper protection against potentially harmful UV rays as well as allow you to get a much clearer view of your surroundings. Plus if conditions do change, they are easy to store away without taking up too much space in your bag.
BRING EXTRA CLOTHING
Although the weather forecast may say it is to stay sunny and dry when you are out on the trails, conditions can change unexpectedly. This is why we would recommend that you bring extra clothing with you just encase you get caught out.
Make sure to bring a fleece as the higher you go up the trail, the cooler it will start to become, so by making sure you have a fleece that you can quickly pull on, you’ll not have to worry about dipping temperatures. It might also prove useful to bring a packaway waterproof jacket for any sudden rain showers that may appear and once they stop, it’s easy enough to pack them away in your bag without your other stuff becoming wet. Finally, an extra pair of socks will always come in handy as you may come across a lake or stream or accidentally step in a puddle and a fresh pair of socks means you won’t have to worry wet socks slowing you down.
GET AN EARLY START
If you are looking to escape the heat, getting an early start on your hike means you won’t have to worry about bearing the brunt of warm temperatures. It’s cooler in the mornings and will, therefore, be a more comfortable temperature to hike in. Not only that, the mornings are usually quieter out on the trails so you’ll be able to enjoy the experience more and really take in your surroundings.
Finally, when you are out hiking in the heat, taking regular rest breaks will help to ensure you don’t become dehydrated. It is important that you give your body time to recover as hiking can already be a tough activity without throwing heat into the mix. Try to find a shaded area to get out on the sun and take small regular sips of water. Experts also recommend you have a salty snack such as Trail Mix to help replace electrolytes so you don’t run out of energy. Remembering to stop and take a break allows you to enjoy the experience of being out on the trails much more.
We know that the most important thing about being out on the trails is to have fun and we couldn’t think of a better way to spending a summer’s day than basking in the nice weather while soaking up some tremendous views. However, if it’s a warm day it is important to prepare for what may lie ahead. Just bear in mind some of our top tips for hiking in summer and you are bound to have a great adventure on the trails.