As we rolled out of Red's Meadow on the John Muir Trail we planned for a water break on the far side of the valley. There were three water sources clearly mapped out before a big ascent. We couldn't find those water sources anywhere, so it was good that we had followed a simple and practical tip to stay ahead of the game.
Instead of simply topping up your water bottles and moving on, rehydrate yourself at your water source. Here's what I like to do:
- Drink what's left in my water bottles,
- Purify another liter or two,
- Drink those two liters,
- Purify two more and then move on.
Let's be clear, I always bring more water than I think I need, this is simply a method to give yourself extra insurance in hot weather.
On a hot day, you're typically behind the curve when it comes to water intake. By following this trick, you're making sure you're well hydrated before you leave a good creek or pond. If your next water source isn't where you expected and you have to push on a few more miles, you're not risking dehydration by doing so.
What's your favorite outdoors hydration tip?
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